Hot tips for hot tubbing in cold weather

Towel – check!

Sandals – check!

Robe – check!

Knit hat – check?

Hot tubbing in the depths of winter can require a slightly different approach. And, yes, that includes wearing a knit hat while you soak. Sounds a little odd, we know. But we’ll explain in our cold weather hot tubbing tips:

Tip #1 – Keep your spa at the right temperature

You probably know your hot tub water should never exceed 104°. In the winter, it can be tempting to turn it higher to combat the cold air temperatures. Don’t. With your head and neck above water in the cooler air, it can confuse your “internal thermometer.” There’s a good chance you’ll end up hotter than you realize, perhaps even crossing over into dangerous territory.

Instead, play it safe. Turn the thermostat down to 100 degrees (yes, really!), and consider limiting your soaking time to 15 minutes. And, wear that winter hat. It will help regulate your body temperature so you don’t become overheated.

Tip #2 – Remove the cover carefully

Granted, snow and ice are a rarity here. But should you ever find some on your hot tub lid, you want to remove as much as possible from the lid before taking the lid off of your spa. Otherwise, you could end up with the icy cold mess in your clean, hot water. And that’s definitely a situation you want to avoid.

Tip #3 – Create an exit strategy

Any other time of year, you leisurely get out of your hot tub, dry off, and make your way to the house. But on the coldest days of the year? You want to be immediately enveloped in warmth and indoors as quickly as possible. You can do it – but you need a plan.

Make sure you take a towel, robe and sandals or other shoes with you to your hot tub. If it happens to be raining or snowing, you’re going to need a way to keep these items dry while you’re in the hot tub. We suggest wrapping them in plastic – a large trash bag can work well.

Then, when you’re done enjoying the hot water and powerful jets of your Master Spas hot tub, you can quickly be warm and dry before you’re ever back inside. Of course, no matter the time of year basic hot tub safety and use rules apply, like keeping the water clean and sanitized.

Your New Home Has A Hot Tub?

Great! Talk about icing on the cake…  

Here’s what you need to do to figure out what you’ve got, how to work it, maintain it, and maximize its benefits!  

Find out as much as you can from the previous owners.

  • What brand and model spa is it?
  • How old is it?
  • Have they ever had any issues with it?
  • Did they use it regularly or infrequently?
  • Did they keep up with the maintenance?
  • Do they have the owner’s manual to give to you?
  • What water care products have they been using and have they left you any?
  • Could they give you a spa feature and maintenance demo?

 Take a look for yourself…

  • What’s the condition of the spa based on your visual inspection?
  • Does the spa have a high quality, well-fitted, locking cover with a cover lifter?
  • How does the water look?
  • How do the filters look?
  • Do all of the features and functions work?
  From here you may find you are all set to go. Whether you are or aren’t, we recommend you get in touch with us!

Our knowledgeable staff will be glad to assist you.

  • We can answer any questions the previous owners might not have been able to.
  • We can help you maintain your hot tub or diagnose a problem should there be one.
  • We can advise you on water treatment products – including switching to a salt system!
  • We’ll help you accessorize your hot tub as needed!

What if the hot tub… well… stinks…?

The good news is, they likely poured concrete, set up the electrical system, and otherwise prepared the home for that hot tub. That makes it all the easier for you to have a brand new, state of the art spa installed!

We take great pride and satisfaction in offering the finest spas on the market to our community. Whether you need help with the one you have, are in the market for a new hot tub, or want a new swim spa, we will be glad to help you.

The ‘Find a Spa’ Tool: Hot Tub Shopping Made Easy

Have you climbed the highest mountains? Have you run through the fields?

Have you run? Have you crawled? Have you scaled the city walls?

But you still haven’t found what you’re looking for?

Sometimes, hot tub shopping can feel an awful lot like the lyrics to a U2 hit song. With all the options out there, from seating configurations and spa sizes, to jets, lighting, sound systems and more, it can be a challenge to find the hot tub that’s perfect for your needs.

That’s why Master Spas developed the interactive Find a Spa tool. By answering a few easy questions, the tool will lead you over the highest mountains, through the fields, and over the city walls … straight to the Master Spas models that are just right for you.

In the market for a mid-size spa with lounge seating that needs to fit through a standard-size doorway but doesn’t require a 100v outlet? According to the Spa Finder, that’s the Healthy Living 630.

Searching for a large hot tub with open seating? Several models from the Twilight, Healthy Living and Clarity lines fit the bill.

Looking for a smaller hot tub that uses a 100v outlet and has lounge seating? The tool will lead you right to the Healthy Living 616 or 620.

Master Spas offers a complete line of full-featured hot tubs designed to bring you the ultimate in relaxation, wellness and recreation. With so many options to choose from, it’s really helpful to have a tool like the Find a Spa to help narrow down the choices based on your requirements.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s a great time to talk to us about the specifics of each model, like what comes standard, and what’s available as an option. Things like shell and interior colors, lighting and sound system packages, and more.

Give the Find a Spa tool a try today! Then, give us a call. We’ll make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Excellence In An Energy Efficient Package

Energy efficiency isn’t just responsible and more affordable in terms of energy consumption. It actually makes for a better, longer lasting hot tub! Now, we know there is much to be pondered when shopping for the right spa for your family, but don’t get so lost in the more exciting features that you lose sight of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

The key component in Master Spas energy efficiency arsenal is their exclusive environmentally-friendly Icynene foam insulation. This foam forms a continuous thermal barrier and makes Master Spas among the most energy efficient spas available today.

The foam performs several functions:

  • Supports the weight of the spa’s plumbing
  • Expands to 100 times its volume in seconds to insulate and air-seal the spa
  • Eliminates cold spots and maintains consistent, comfortable temperature
  • Keeps cold air out, helping prevent condensation, mold and mildew
  • No ozone destroying gases or gas emission hazards
  • Certified to the California Energy Commission (CEC) as meeting Title 20 efficiency requirements
Now if it’s certified in California, it’s pretty much as environmentally friendly as it gets, which is a good thing because if man is to continue producing and scrapping synthetic materials of all sorts, those materials better be environmentally friendly!

All of this further illustrates Master Spas’ drive to be the best. So when you begin shopping for your new spa, come to Pool Tech Plus and test soak in the spas that are endorsed by Michael Phelps, boast the best performing, hydrotherapy minded designs, feature the finest entertainment accessories, and are built with your budget and our planet in mind.

In short, come to Pool Tech Plus because our spas are simply the best.

Master Spas: making changes you’ll love in 2018

Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know what we’re talking about. One of those weeks where, no matter what you do, everything just goes W R O N G. The kids are sick. (Yep – all of ‘em.) The washing machine breaks down. (When it’s full of wet clothes. Because-of course.) The house-trained dog decided not to be. (You know what we mean.) The car needs a new transmission. (An expensive problem.) The school principal called. (That’s rarely good news.) It goes on and on and on. And with every new challenge you can feel the stress building. Your shoulders tense, it’s harder to sleep and you need a break. Thankfully, we have a solution: regular, restful soaks in your Master Spa. And now that Master Spas has announced the updates for their 2018 models, every model promises even more enjoyment and relaxation. Here’s a sneak peek at what the 2018 models will feature:
  • Updated, sleek cabinetry inspired by European designs on all hot tubs and swim spas. The contemporary look includes an improved fit and finish, and it will be available in three different materials, depending on the model. You can choose from new color schemes, and an optional new exterior lighting package that turns on automatically at nights and shuts off in the morning.
  • An improved sound system is also available. All the great features of the existing sound system are still available, but Master Spas has upgraded to the latest technology including an improved sub-woofer and automatic Bluetooth pairing with your device.
  • Finally, chrome jets will be standard on all Twilight Series spas, and all swim spas, fulfilling a frequent customer request.
We’re excited about what 2018 has in store – not just for Master Spas, but for you IN your Master Spa. Take care of yourself by spending 20 minutes a day focusing on reducing your stress, and you’ll be ready to meet every challenge life throws your way. Don’t have a Master Spa yet? What are you waiting for?

Swim Spa Water Exercise for Seniors

Exercise is so important for every stage of life. It is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle and it only increases in importance as you get older. Health becomes a little more important and achieving that health becomes a little more difficult. A swim spa can be a fun way to sneak in a little exercise and improve your overall health.

One of the things that slows you down as you get older is decreased mobility. You get stuck in a cycle you have decreased mobility which leads to more aches and pains, the aches and pains keep you from exercising and a lack of exercise leads to stiff joints and muscles, then you guessed it decreased mobility.

Enter in the swim spa. Exercising in water has so many health benefits you won’t know how you ever exercised without one.

Weightlessness

Exercising in water relieves that atmospheric pressure that makes working out on land more difficult. It also takes your own body weight out of the equation. All of this weightlessness means that your joints bend and flex easier which leads to greater flexibility and decreased joint pain, in and out of the water. These effects can work wonders for people who are unable to do traditional exercises due to arthritis. Water exercise is also a perfect option for those who have had any kind of joint replacement. You are able to exercise the joints and muscles while minimizing any unnecessary pain in the replacement area.

Stress Relief

Water has been proven to have a calming effect on people, those who are around the water report better moods and less stress. Combine the stress relieving properties of water with the stress relief that comes from exercise and your water exercise is sure to leave you happier, healthier, and less stressed.

Increased Circulation

Using your swim spa for your cardio workout will not only increase the number of calories that you burn compared to land exercise, but it also provides improved blood circulation and decreased blood pressure. This is fantastic news for those that have blood pressure concerns when doing aerobic exercise.

These are just some of the many benefits that come from moving your exercise routine into a swim spa. The best thing might be that you can get all of these wonderful benefits right in your own backyard, no need to drive to the crowded gym and fight for a spot in the pool. Whether you choose a swim spa from our Michael Phelps line or one of our H2X swim spas, you will have the best in exercise right at your fingertips.

These swim spas also have all of the benefits of relaxing spa seats so you can unwind after you exercise.

At Pool Tech Plus, we would love to help you find a swim spa that will help you exercise, relax and improve your overall health from the comfort and privacy of your own backyard.

Saunas Promote Mind and Body Wellness

The Finns pioneered and have enjoyed saunas for at least two millennia. In recent centuries, their unique, Finnish brand of bath house has gained popularity all over the world for the many social, physical health, and mental health benefits that sauna use provides.  

Social Benefits:

The sauna is the perfect setting for social interaction. For most of man’s time on this earth, families and communities made the time and took the time to SLOW DOWN and “smell the roses” as they say – REGULARLY – not only on designated holidays. Without the fast pace and many distractions present in contemporary times, folks of all cultures derived their joy from face-to-face social gatherings. Without radios and television, everyone would be responsible for contributing to the gathering – be it through verse, song, story, or just plain good conversation about current affairs.
The sauna catalyzes this kind of interaction. You and your party must go in and be confined together, naturally inducing conversation. The soothing heat and steam slow you down, draw you into the experience, and help you to let go of your worries outside the sauna and focus in on the shared experience inside – in the present.  

Physical Health Benefits:

The physical health benefits of regular sauna use are numerous.
The heat relaxes tight, sore muscles and relieves joint pain. Your heart rate may increase similarly to how it would during cardiovascular exercise leading to improved circulation and oxygen delivery throughout your body. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, sauna sessions will help promote weight loss.
The heat and steam draw toxins out of your body, promoting healthy skin, healthy kidney function, a healthy immune system, and overall detoxification.  

Mental Health Benefits:

Certainly the social interaction aspect lends to mental health, but so does the opportunity for quiet and solitude in the sauna (though you should always let someone know if you are going in the sauna for a solo session).
The soothing heat, steam, and down time melts away the stress of work and the daily grind.
Regular sauna use can even reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia! Regular, increased oxygen and blood flow to the brain, improved sleep, and a general reduction in stress all lower one’s risk for these illnesses.

Sauna use is a fun, relaxing way to improve your overall health.

Are you ready to join the Finns, professional athletes, and others who have long since been benefiting from sauna use? Come on down to Pool Tech Plus. We’ve got a variety of premium saunas to fit any budget and any space!

A Hot Tub Fit For the King of Swimming

Michael Phelps knows a thing or two about swimming. He also knows a thing or two about the benefits of hydrotherapy – for athletes, elderly people, anyone!

Master Spas partnered with Michael Phelps to design the MP Legend series of hot tubs – an elite line of hot tubs designed to meet the demanding recovery needs of the winningest Olympian in history.

Let’s delve into the details:

Therapy:

Master Spas’ engineers created seats that complement the contour of your body, making it easy to relax, naturally. Once you’re wrapped in the comfort of the form fitting seats, strategic jet placement delivers targeted hydrotherapy from head to toe.

The Master Blaster® Foot Therapy System uses dual jet clusters with 28 individual nozzles designed to rejuvenate your body through an encompassing foot massage. The Master Blaster® Foot Therapy System is powered by a separate oversized pump, generating 200 gallons per minute of powerful yet soothing foot relief.

Exclusive, stress relieving, reverse molded, neck and shoulder seat features a ledge with specially designed jets that are trained downward—putting your neck and shoulders under the jets for the ultimate tension-relieving massage.

Relieve stress and revive your senses as you lie back in the Xtreme Therapy™ Seat. Twenty-two strategically placed jets with two individual whirlpools provide maximum hydrotherapy coverage for calves, arms, wrists and hands, while a unique jet pattern specifically designed for your neck and back help you erase all the day’s stress. To maximize relaxation, the individual jet controls let you configure the ideal settings for you.

Master Spas’ patented Master Force™ Bio-Magnetic Therapy System comes standard on all Legend Series hot tubs. Used for centuries to help relieve pain, improve circulation, reduce swelling and alleviate stiffness, magnetic therapy is seeing its rebirth in modern medicine. Today, more and more doctors and physical therapists are using magnetic therapy for the treatment of back problems, arthritis and sports injuries. And, nearly 70% of all professional athletes regularly use magnetic therapy for pain relief and performance enhancement.

Ambiance:

The Orion Light System is anything but ordinary. An array of colors illuminate controls, water features, under the water, and more. With just a touch of a button from the easy-to-use topside controls, you can create a custom lightshow that fits any mood.

The optional Aterglow Light Package adds some drama to your spa with a kaleidoscope of colors through the jets.

The Fusion Touch Extremer Sound System hot tub stereo includes four interior, water-resistant speakers, two backlit external speakers and a subwoofer. Other available functions include FM radio and Bluetooth®, both of which are controlled by a weather-resistant touchpad.

The exclusive Noise Reduction System (NRS) brings a quieter, calmer and more relaxing spa experience. The secret lies in an exclusive motor mount developed by Master Spas.

With the Wi-Fi module, you can set the mood of your hot tub from the convenience of your Apple® or Android® device prior to entering. With the optional integrated Wi-Fi module that works with the Balboa Water Group Wi-Fi Spa Control app, you can remotely control how your hot tub operates, including the lighting, water temperature and running massage pumps.

Ease of Ownership:

The exclusive MasterPur™ system blends three elements to create a powerful, unmatched hot tub sanitation system. Standard on all Michael Phelps Legend Series hot tubs.

EcoPur® Charge is an innovative hot tub filtration system that replicates Mother Nature to more naturally purify spa water.   Better insulation means lower energy costs. We use Icynene foam technology that has dramatically raised the standard over urethane foam insulation systems used by almost all U.S. spa manufacturers.

This advanced water circulation system keeps hot tub water in motion, filtered and heated, even when the spa is not in use. Standard on all Michael Phelps Legend Series hot tubs.

Your Next Move:

You’ve been holding out for the best. Now you’ve found it – and now you know where to get it! Come visit Pool Tech Plus in Las Cruces and take a look at these legends in person!

What Star Wars & Water Sanitizer Have in Common

It seems everyone is talking about the new Star Wars movie… but we have our own Rey of light that fights the Dark Side. When you have the right water sanitizer, it’s the last hope you’ll need.

Here’s how it works. Every time you use your hot tub, you leave behind food for bacteria. The bigger the buffet, the more bacteria are going to want to come to the party. Apparently, hot tubs are romantic for microorganisms because right away, they make baby bacteria, who then use your spa as a bacteria bassinet.

The end result is hot tub water that looks, smells and feels like Jabba the Hut trying to french kiss Princess Leia. Ewww!

A high quality water sanitizer (not the junk you find at the big box store) eliminates the stuff bacteria eats, keeping your water balanced and silky. No more itchiness, no more tight skin, no more foul or chemical smell.

Through the use of additives that act as passive biostat agents, bacteria can’t surround itself with a protective biofilm, which leaves them as helpless as the Death Star without its force field.

Water sanitizers are effective, easy and safe — unless you’re bacteria. Then, they’re a great big buzzkill that killed its own father with a lightsaber.

What are you waiting for? Stop by one of our showrooms or give us a call and let’s add the right sanitizer to your water treatment routine.

Questions about the MP Momentum Swim Spa? We have answers …

Good morning, class. Today’s lesson is: The Michael Phelps Momentum Swim Spa by Master Spas.

Notebooks and pencils ready? Because there just might be a quiz …

If you’ve been in the market for a swim spa, you know there are a lot of options out there. But if you’re looking for a swim spa that offers a truly smooth swimming current and a real hydrotherapy experience, nothing compares to a MP Momentum!

Lesson 1 – Size

Swimmers know – size matters. The MP Momentum is 3 feet, 9 inches deep and the pool area is long enough to handle any stroke style or pattern. Overall, the swim spa is 231”x94”x51”. Yes, it’s large. But it’s also a pool and a full size hot tub in one. Most swim spas don’t offer that combination.

Lesson 2 – Hydrotherapy

With a the swim and spa sides separated by a clear acrylic wall, the MP Momentum allows you to set the pool to a comfortable swimming temperature, and set the spa to a therapy temp up to 104 degrees. Plus, the MP Momentum is equipped with Xtreme Therapy Seats and MasterBlaster Foot Massage Jets to help you get the most from your hydromassage. Just thinking about it is relaxing, isn’t it?

Lesson 3 – Current

No swim spa on the market today can compare the current it offers, to the current created by the MP Momentum’s patent-pending Wave Propulsion Technology System. The unique propeller design delivers a more realistic swimming experience with less turbulence. Plus, kids love it. You might want to keep that in mind. 😉

Lesson 4 – The Bells and Whistles

They may not be why you buy a MP Momentum, but they sure can make owning one fun. Standard goodies include LED waterline lighting, four water features, and rowing and exercise equipment for workout variety. It also features a noise reduction system and is the most energy efficient swim spa you can buy. Add on the sound system (with Bluetooth and subwoofer!), WiFi so you can operate your MP Momentum remotely, a non-slip flooring system and other options and you’ll have the slickest swim spa on the block.

Ok. Class is dismissed! If today’s lessons didn’t answer all of your questions, call or stop by the showroom anytime! (And we were just kidding about the quiz!)

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