Hot tubs have always been a popular way for many people to relax their muscles, joints and well-being—especially if they’ve been needing to take a break for a while.
The term “hot tub” generally refers to what many known as hot tubs—the large, often acrylic tubs filled with hot water. Some may refer to hot tubs as a “spa” or “Jacuzzi,” however these terms usually refer to indoor related fixtures.
Hot tubs are mostly considered luxury items, often found in higher-end properties such as mansions. Nowadays, there are relatively inexpensive hot tubs out there for home owners to purchase and install in their homes. A hot tub’s main purpose is for both therapy and socialization, though naturally many people enjoy using hot tubs for their own therapeutic purposes.
The earliest hot tubs were made from wood like redwood, cedar or a composite, however once portable acrylic hot tub “spas” were introduced in the following years, these hot tubs eventually replaced the older wooden models.
Today, hot tubs come in a variety of sizes. The most common hot tubs, large hot tubs, measure around four to five feet high and six feet in diameter, while smaller hot tubs range from three to four feet high and five feet in diameter. Medium size hot tubs fall in the middle range. Most large hot tubs can hold up to 800 gallons of water.
Hot tubs are mainly filled with heated water, and are generally used for soaking and many forms of relaxation. Many of these tubs have jets, which help facilitate massages, or other features that enhance the experience.
There are three main types of hot tubs:
Simple hot tubs, made of wooden stave.
One piece plastic hot tubs, also known as spas.
Stainless steel hot tubs with insulation, typically with an outer covering made of wood.
Hot tubs are usually heated using an electric or natural gas heater; some hot tubs are heated using submersible wood heaters or solar energy. The most natural hot tubs happen to be those that exist at natural hot water springs, though these springs may be mixed with colder water to combat the near dangerous high temperatures.
You might remember that many hot tubs are stored outdoors, sheltered from the elements like weather. It’s always important to sanitize your hot tub, as it’s easy for many living organisms to contaminate an improperly managed hot tub system.