There are a wide range of accessories available to the owner of a swim spa. Fancy LED lighting systems, underwater treadmills, rowing simulators and foot baths are just a few of things that you can buy to add comfort and safety to your swim spa experience. But one accessory that should never be overlooked is the swim spa cover. “Do swim spas have covers?” you may ask. They do and they should be considered an integral part of the swim spa itself. To find out why, check out this article.
One of the most important tasks for a swim spa owner is to keep the water chemistry balanced and the quality of the water fresh. Failing to do so can lead to all sorts of problems. Allowing your water chemistry to get too far out of balance can lead to cloudy, murky, smelly water which can allow the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses, algae and mold. Testing your water regularly will allow you to know what chemicals need to be added to the water to keep it clean and fresh. Taking a shower before you get into the swim spa will help remove body oils, soap residue and dirt and will also reduce the amount of fiddling that needs to be done with the water chemistry. But the greatest protection against dirt, debris, insects and other foreign matter is a properly fitted swim spa cover. The fact is that your swim spa will spend much more time lying dormant than it will being used. And to prevent contaminants from getting into the water when it’s not being used you should put on the cover. You’ll spend less time skimming, cleaning and adding chemicals.
Even though a swim spa is a fraction of the size of a swimming pool, it still has enough surface area to lose a significant amount of water due to evaporation. The more water that evaporates the more that your water chemistry balance will be affected. By replacing the cover when the swim spa isn’t being used you’ll reduce the amount of evaporation that occurs. This will also reduce time spent on water replacement, testing and chemical fortification.
For some of those who aren’t familiar with swim spas, it’s a surprising fact that it can be used throughout the winter. Because a swim spa is such a small body of water compared to a full sized swimming pool, it’s possible to keep it properly heated throughout the coldest weather. But that’s not to say that heat isn’t rapidly lost in colder weather. To prevent too large a spike in your heating bills using a well insulated, properly fitted cover when the swim spa isn’t in use will help retain the heat and reduce your reliance on the water heater. This will also reduce the time necessary to bring your water back up to temperature when you’re ready to use it again. It will be ready to use whenever the urge to swim arises.
A swim spa cover can also act as a very important safety device – especially when it comes to small children or animals. Both kids and animals are naturally attracted to water and this curiosity can lead to disastrous consequences. And while we know that children should always be supervised when in the water, they can seek it out without us being aware. This is where a lockable swim spa cover becomes crucial. Once locked you can rest assured that no one will be able to access the swim spa without your knowledge.
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