Shopping For A Spa? Here’s Where To Start…

At home!

Streamline your spa shopping experience by doing your due diligence on the front end. You’ll need to figure out your needs and your limitations prior to meeting with our sales team. Though some of our staff are rumored to have ESP, most of us lose our regular sensory perception once our morning coffee wears off… So in the event you end up dealing with one of us regular folks, we’d love to know the following for starters:

What is your budget?

Have you been saving? Are you interested in applying for one of our awesome financing options? Do you have room in your budget for the operation and maintenance costs of spa ownership?   Your overall budget will help us guide you through the different tiers of spas that we offer – and help us to suggest accessories that will enhance your soak sessions!

Where do you plan to put your new spa?

Indoors? Outdoors? Simply set up on top of a concrete slab? Incorporated into a custom deck?   Installs can run the gamut from mild to wild. However and wherever you plan to install your new spa, you’ll certainly need to give us some general measurements of the area – again to streamline the search. From there we can get into numbers of seats – a perfect segway into your next bit of homework…

Do you require any particular spa features?

Are you interested in a swim spa or a hot tub?   Is it a physical ailment that’s provided the impetus for your spa search? We can help you find the perfect spa based on your therapeutic needs.   Do you have minimum or maximum seating needs?   Do you want the bare bones basics or will you require drink holders, water features, custom lights, and a bluetooth sound system?

The Pool Tech Plus Promise:

Do this little bit of homework for us and we’ll make sure you get the right spa for your needs – A spa that will give you years of trouble free family fun, health, and happiness. We’ll be available every step of the way and well into the future should you need any spa service or supplies!   Come on down and see us. We’ve got the coffee on!

Hot tub chemistry make you nervous? Don’t sweat it.

Does thinking about keeping the water in your hot tub properly balanced make you as nervous as a high school student facing a pop quiz in chemistry class? We get it – all that talk about pH and alkalinity can be as overwhelming as that time your 6th grade science teacher made you memorize the periodic table.

Take a deep breath. It’s really not that hard. A little studying and you’re sure to pass this course with an easy “A,” and have safe, clean water to enjoy in your Michael Phelps Legend, Twilight, Healthy Living or Clarity Spa.

Here’s your study guide:
  1. pH levels – 7.2 – 7.8
  2. alkalinity  – 80 – 120
  3. sanitizer – 1.5 – 3.0 (chlorine) or 3.0 – 5.0 (bromine)
  4. amount of organic material in the water

These elements are all connected, and all affect the cleanliness and safety of your spa water. To keep them in check, add these items to your school supply, err, hot tub supply, list:
  1. testing strips
  2. alkalinity adjuster
  3. sanitizer and shock chemicals
  4. pH adjuster

The test for this class is super easy – just dip your test strip according the package directions, and compare colors on the strip with the color swatches on the strip package. Check your levels in this order:
  1. alkalinity
  2. pH
  3. sanitizer

If testing indicates something needs to be adjusted, correct it according to package directions. If more than one chemical is out of balance, correct one thing at a time waiting several hours between chemical additions. (Teacher’s note – before you add additional chemicals, be sure to test again to make sure they are still needed.)

The only other thing you’ll need to do is shock your hot tub about once a week. Think of it like recess for your spa water – a chance to clear out all the gunk, just like recess always helped you clear your mind. Shocking is important, no matter how good you are about sanitizing, checking and balancing your spa water.

Now, you’re ready for your final exam! Trust us, you’ll love this one. All you have to do is enjoy your Master Spas hot tub from Pool Tech Plus.

Upgrade your spa with a cover lifter this fall

You have your suit on, you’ve grabbed your towel, and your favorite music is playing in the background. You’re all ready for some serious rest and relaxation in your favorite place in the house – your hot tub.  But first, there’s something you have to take care of. That heavy, bulky cover.

You know you have to have one – it keeps the heat in and dirt and debris out, keeping your hot tub clean and helping it run efficiently. But wow! It sure is heavy and awkward to move. When your family is home you can ask for help but when you’re home alone there’s only one thing you can do.

“Ooof!”

You manage to fold back half of the cover.

“Ugh!”

You reach around and drag the cover off the rest of the way, flopping it onto the patio. It’s not good for the cover, but what else are you supposed to do? You may not be as buff as The Rock, but you’re no slouch, either, you know? It’s just that the cover is so darn heavy and awkward to move around.  

But there IS a solution – a cover lifter!

These handy gadgets attach to your hot tub (they can also attach to a deck, depending on the model and your hot tub installation) and make it incredibly easy to remove your cover, all by yourself – no bodybuilder-level strength required. Cover lifters come in three different types:
  • Manual pivot
  • Shelf-style
  • Hydraulic-assisted
And they install in one of these ways:
  • Under
  • Side
  • Top and bottom mount.

The type you choose will depend on your preferences and budget; the installation will depend on the cover you select, and the way your hot tub is installed.

To choose a cover lifter, you need to know how much space you have behind your spa, and on the side where the lifter will install. Stop by our store and we can help you select the cover lifter that’s perfect for your spa.  

Then, the next time you want to enjoy a soothing hydromassage and you’re home alone – no worries! You can lift that cover right off. And if you want to pretend like you’re as strong as The Rock while you do it, we won’t tell.

Make a wish … for great hot tub accessories

Let’s be honest. You’ve waited your WHOLE LIFE for your fairy godmother to show up. And when she did – you blew it. You could have asked for anything in the world, and your mind went completely, absolutely, entirely … blank.

Who knows if you’ll ever get a second chance? Some say your fairy godmother only visits once and if you blow it, well, that’s just too bad.

But we’re optimists. We think there’s always a chance. And just in case she shows up again, you better be prepared. So we’ve done the planning for you, and put together a little list. It might not be exactly what you thought you’d ask your fairy godmother for, but hey – hot tub accessories actually make great gifts for yourself! Here are some ideas to get you started:

A fun lighting system

Most of today’s hot tubs come with some type of integrated lights. But installing a colored, LED lighting system (most include options for blinking, rainbow colors and more) can help you set any mood you’d like. And, they’re affordable. Double-win!

Comfy seat cushions

Special seat cushions can make your spa time extra comfortable. They’re also great for people who have hip or back issues and can’t sit for long periods on traditional spa seats. Just imagine how comfortable they would make these Michael Phelps Legend Series spas.

Handy trays and caddies

If you like to enjoy a drink while you’re relaxing in your hot tub, this is exactly what you’ve been looking for. These attach to the side of your spa, like these Clarity models, and give you a safe, dry place to rest your beverage, while keeping it within easy reach.

A great sound system

If your hot tub didn’t come with a sound system, you don’t know what you’re missing. Hot tub sound systems are soooo much better than just playing music straight from your phone. They’re waterproof for one. Plus, most can stream music from your device via Bluetooth so you can still hear your playlist but keep your device safe and dry.

A useful cover lifter

Lifting a spa cover by yourself is … not easy. A cover lifter solves the problem. These attach to the bottom or side of your spa, and turn cover removal into a one-person job.

All we’re saying is, there’s a chance you’ll get another visit. So like a good scout, “Be prepared!” And if you don’t, well, give the gift of hot tub accessories to yourself, or the hot tub owner on your list.

Plan the ultimate backyard movie night

There are a lot of things that make living in New Mexico pretty amazing – but one of the best is our fall weather. While hosting weenie roasts and making s’mores in your backyard fire pit are fun, and star-gazing from your patio or deck is always relaxing – there’s a new trend in backyard entertainment that’s just perfect for desert fall nights: a backyard movie theater you can enjoy from the comfort of your hot tub! It sounds like a big project, but it’s actually easier than you might thing to get started. You can create a backyard theater to fit most any space, and most any budget. Here’s how:

The Screen

A movie theater isn’t a movie theater without a screen. Some people temporarily fasten a plain white bedsheet to the back of their house (cheap and easy!), or stretch it tightly between upright posts specially constructed for the purpose. You can also purchase outdoor-safe screens in a variety of sizes, and even inflatable screens – these are perfect when you want a good, reflect screen surface but don’t have the space for a more permanent solution.

The Projector, Sound and Playback System

You can spend a few hundred to a few thousand on a projector. But you can get excellent results for your hot tub backyard movie theater with a projector on the lower end of the range. A quick online search will yield a lot of results. Be sure to read the reviews for honest feedback from people who’ve purchased the system before you.

For sound, you have a range of options, too. Smaller, inexpensive speakers can still provide great sound quality – or you can “go big” with a full surround sound system. The choice is yours.

You’re also going to need a system to get that movie to the projector. Gaming consoles are portable and work really well for this, as do streaming movie players. Just be sure whatever components you choose, they’re all fully compatible.

Now you’re ready to settle into your hot tub – if you’d like to entertain a crowd for movie night, maybe one like this from the Master Spas Twilight Series – and enjoy the warm water and hydromassage while you watch a new movie or a family favorite. Just make sure you don’t drop the popcorn!

Teaching Children About Hot Tub Care

Raise a child up in the way he should go… and eventually he’ll take over the hot tub maintenance for you (like all the other household chores he will slowly inherit). So how do you integrate your little minion darlings into the hot tub care routine? One task at a time.

Start Small

Age five or six is the time that most kids start getting regular chores around the home. A great weekly hot tub associated chore at this age would be to have her wipe down the hot tub cabinetry to remove dirt and debris. Of course, it goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that you should never leave your small child unattended around the hot tub, especially if the cover isn’t locked on. As your child gets older, he or she can be more responsible with hot tub care, such as checking the water level and adding water with the hose when necessary (again, under supervision) or using the water vacuum to get debris out of the hot tub.

Testing the Water

As you test the hot tub water several times a week, it’s an easy way to show your child all that goes into caring for a hot tub. Little ones can help you dip the test strips in the water and work on their numbers by telling you the result. With older children, you can explain the importance of balance water pH to maintain a clean hot tub. And, with the right instruction, those teenagers can actually help to keep the pH where it should be (once you can fully trust them to handle the sanitizer chemicals). You invested in this hot tub for your family’s enjoyment, so, as with your home, vehicles and anything else that is worth maintaining, your children need to learn the importance of responsible care for the luxuries they have. And appreciation for how hard you work to provide them with nice things.

The Ultimate Hot Tub Man Cave

Men in and around Las Cruces know one thing for certain: a man cave is a necessity! And we have the secret to take it up a notch… add a hot tub to create the ultimate hot tub man cave. It’s a great spot to entertain friends, reconnect with your family, or relax after a long day.

Finding the Right Hot Tub for the Ultimate Man Cave

It’s normal in the hot tub industry to over-promise and under-deliver… but that’s not how we do things at Pool Tech Plus. We’ll help you find the right hot tub designed to give you the ultimate experience with minimal maintenance required. Our Master Spas hot tubs have features like EcoPur Charge filtration, waterfalls, integrated Bluetooth stereo systems and underwater LED lights, so you get maximum enjoyment out of your hot tub experience. Want to invite your significant other to share a soak with you? It’s a great option to have real quality time without the distractions of phones. A hot tub helps everyone disconnect and unwind at the end of the day. Studies also show that soaking in a hot tub before bedtime can help you sleep better.

Comfortable & Stylish Entertainment

Super Bowl? Of course! March Madness? Yes, please! Install a TV where you can see it from your hot tub, or you can connect your tablet using a waterproof case and mount it to the spa to take in the big game. The ultimate man cave hot tub accessories don’t end there: options like built-in cup holders ensure your spa will be the entertainment hub for all of your friends. A gazebo is a great way to keep your hot tub covered so you can use it during every season.  A hot tub is an investment, and we’ll help you make sure you get the most enjoyment out of it.

Add a Cal Flame Grill & Island to Your Hot Tub Man Cave

You’re not just creating a man cave… it’s the ultimate man cave! Convert your shed into an outdoor bar. Add taps and plumbing… then you can set up a Cal Flame grill island as the finishing touch.

The Finishing Touches in Your Ultimate Hot Tub Man Cave

When you decide to make the hot tub the centerpiece of your man cave, you open yourself up to landscaping and decor options that will create an environment everyone will want to be in. Start by placing your hot tub, TV, bar and grill, and then add the finishing touches. Will you install your spa above ground, below ground, or encase it in stonework? You could also frame your hot tub with Vegas-style cabana curtains, build steps up to it or build the hot tub into a whole seating area with comfortable pillows and cushions. If you enjoy gardening, building planter beds around the perimeter of your hot tub can add beauty, as well as create privacy. With just a few simple ideas, your backyard will transform to the spot where you truly want to spend your free time. When you’re ready to get started, give us a call or stop by the showroom and our team can get to work creating the ultimate man cave for your home.

Hot Tub Hydrotherapy for Juvenile Arthritis

We’re familiar with arthritis that develops in people as they get older, but there’s another type of arthritis – juvenile arthritis. In fact, juvenile arthritis is pretty common. It impacts 300,000 children in the United States. This auto-immune disease causes pain in the joints, stiffness and soreness, as well as pain trying to function with normal movements. One of the best ways to fight juvenile arthritis is movement. And the best way to help children with juvenile arthritis stay active is by using hot tub hydrotherapy.

Hot Tub Hydrotherapy for Juvenile Arthritis

All kinds of exercise and movement are beneficial to children with juvenile arthritis. However, the pain of those exercises increases because it causes increased swelling and more pain. Hot tub hydrotherapy is effective because the child can do simple exercises and rehabilitation movements in water instead of on land. Doing those exercises on land increases a child’s pain, but that pain decreases when the child exercises in the warm water of a hot tub. Because water is buoyant, it creates the perfect low impact environment for exercise. How? Your body weight is supported when you’re in water. That means you can perform land exercises without the risk of muscle and joint swelling. Pools are a good option for hydrotherapy. However, hot tubs and swim spas provide the added benefits of adjusting the water temperature and adjusting the spa jets. Adjusting the water temperature helps you create the ideal environment for juvenile arthritis exercises. Cooler water increases blood circulation and warmer water helps muscles relax and become more flexible. Using spa jets to create the perfect hydro massage means the child will feel less pain and have more flexibility.

Try a Hot Tub Before you Buy

We understand that a hot tub is a big investment. You want to make sure it’s a good fit for your child. That’s why we invite you to come down to the showroom and try out a hot tub. Bring your child along and work on the exercises together. You’ll see firsthand what a difference it makes. If you’re interested in scheduling a no-pressure test soak, just give us a call and we’re happy to set it up.

Can an End-To-End Cover change your life?

Traditional spa covers are one of those necessary evils – you know you need one, but it can be a real pain to deal with. They help keep your spa water warm, and help keep out dirt and debris. That’s important for the energy efficiency and overall maintenance of your spa. But they can be difficult to maneuver and – let’s be honest – they’re pretty UNattractive. But one of the biggest disadvantages of traditional covers is that they can absorb massive amounts of water – both from the inside AND outside. Traditional covers are made with an absorbent foam core. As they sit atop the warm water of your spa day after day, condensation develops and is absorbed. Outside, the material that covers the foam core degrades over time from exposure to UV rays, from damage due to falling debris, sharp objects or even animals. This damage allows water from rain, snow or other sources to seep inside. All this water adds a significant amount of weight, making what was already a difficult to maneuver cover downright unwieldy. But .. there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. End-to-end covers are different! The state-of-the-art, closed-cell foam technology means our covers don’t absorb water. Ever. End-to-End covers are lightweight and easy to manage, even for one person – but the full frame means it’s strong. Plus, the UV coating means the fabric will stay strong and attractive for years to come – no faded, degraded plastic covers here! The roll on, roll off design is revolutionary. Call or stop by today to learn how an End-to-End cover can help keep your spa warm, clean and easy to use. 

Top 10: Hot Tub Safety with Children

Summer is coming to a close, meaning the kids in your life will want to invite their school friends over to use your hot tub! Go ahead and welcome them in… a hot tub is fun for everyone! However, if your guests include children, make sure you have established safety guidelines in place.

Be as aware as you would around a pool.

A good rule is that no children are in the hot tub without vigilant adults present, ever!

Lock your hot tub cover.

It’s wise to supervise, but you can’t always have eyes on your hot tub. A cover lock keeps all visitors, children or otherwise, from using the tub when you’re not there.

Soak with them!

This maximizes their safety, and minimizes the fear factor. Turning the jets off will make your hot tub seem less intimidating to smaller children. Once they feel more at ease you can turn the air on, but at a lower level to begin. Keep in mind that little ones may not have the strength and body weight to steady themselves in front of strong jets. Hold onto them until they’re able to withstand the force and maintain control on their own.

Cool it down.

Turn down the heat… especially for young children who are first-timers. Let them ease into the hot tub, a toe to begin, then a foot, and so on. Turn the tub down to 100-degrees or lower for their inaugural dip, until they feel comfortable with the temperature.

Pre-teens and teens: a different set of rules.

The party rules change for older, bigger, more energetic kids. Regarding horseplay, running, diving, splashing water out of your tub: No way! Keep your eyes peeled when these adolescent frolickers inhabit your hot tub. No electronics are allowed in the tub, unless they’re a bonafide accessory of your hot tub.

It’s okay to be the bad guy.

State the rules up front and be that “spa cop.” Spa toys are toys, but other accessories are not. Oh yeah, don’t let anyone jump on the cover!

Set soaking time limits.

Keep an eye out for red faces. If they look too hot, have them get out for a few minutes, or at least hang out on the edge of the tub, and dangle their feet. After they’ve cooled down, they can re-enter the tub.

Keep them hydrated.

Have refreshments nearby. Juices and water are ideal. And remember. Water + Kids = Hunger, so have plenty of munchies for them when they finish hot tubbing… not before. You don’t want snacks spilled in your hot tub…it can be an ugly mess. Lastly, avoid broken glass and/or pottery by using non-breakable cups and plates around your hot tub.

It’s a hot tub, not a hot bathtub.

Nobody, kids included, should be allowed to add anything to your hot tub. That means no bubble bath or soap… ever!

Stow your spa chemicals.

For safety’s sake lock them up and out of reach.
We are serious when it comes to hot tub safety tips for children… and all of our customers here at Pool Tech Plus! If you have any question about safety features, give us a call and we can help!

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