Are Swim Spas Hot or Cold? Traditionally, hot tubs are hot and swimming pools are cold. With swim spas, you get the best of both worlds! You can lower the temperature for swimming or to cool off in warmer months, and you can also enjoy higher temperatures for hot tub therapy and relaxation.
Swim spas are typically best heated to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but this can be raised to over 100 degrees if you want the heat of a hot tub but with a lot more space. Some spas even come with separate hot tub and swim spa areas, which use the same high-power jet technology but can be heated independently.
Just set the temperature and forget it. Our AnyTemp® Swim Spas will maintain a cold, cool or tepid water temperature with a minimum 30-degree Fahrenheit average outdoor ambient air to water temperature variance.
Master Spas swim spas are built to meet the most stringent energy standards and are very well-insulated. It's a feature that you appreciate in the winter, when the water remains a comfortable temperature. In the summer, though, the water might not cool down — even when you set it to a lower temperature.
Swim spas are moderately-sized jetted tubs. In them, you can swim against the current created by the jets. You stay in one place as you swim while the water moves around you. Hot tubs have no such current, but the water often swirls and bubbles around sitters as they relax.
The simple answer is yes, you can swim in a swim spa with any level of capability. Swim spas are designed with powerful swim jets that create a constant water resistance moving in one direction.
Sunken or above ground? Did you know it's possible to fully sink your swim spa into the ground? It's a great option if you struggle with steps or simply want to enjoy the luxury of stepping down into your pool.
The best way to cool the water cool down is to turn the heater off and keep the air jets running. Unlike traditional pools, hot tubs have insulation. So, once the water is cooled to your desired temperature, the insulation will keep it cool.
Although hot tubs dont have a “cooler” to cool your water, most hot tubs have built in settings to assist you in maintaining temperatures cooler than 100 degrees (farenheit). The water in your hot tub doesn't have to be freezing to use as a “cool tub”.
Swim spas by Master Spas are 8 feet wide, while length varies based on the model, from 11 feet to 19 feet. You need to plan for space to get in and out of the swim spa, as well as allow for clearance for service.
When using the swim spa as a space for swimming you'd typically want temperatures in the 70 to 80-degree Fahrenheit range.
As we'll see below it's dependent on many variables, but hot tubs can last anywhere from five to 20 years.
For the water to reach 100 degrees in your hot tub and it is a warm, sunny day, you can expect this to take approximately 4 hours.
Swim spas are actually easier to maintain than hot tubs. The cooler water means they require fewer chemicals, the levels are more stable, and the water needs changing less frequently.
A heat pump needs between 24 and 72 hours to heat a swimming pool and between 45 and 60 minutes to heat a spa.
Although they are usually kept at temperatures between 99° F to 102° F, with a maximum heat of 104°F, you can lower the temperature for summertime use. Simply lower the temperature of your hot tub to roughly 85°F or turn off your heater altogether.
Soaking in hot water can also help boost your immune system and help you with cold related aches and pains during those long winter months. Our hot tubs are designed to work year-round, even in cold temperatures.
Setting Hot Tub Water Temperature in the Summer
As a rule of thumb, many users keep their hot tub set at temperatures ranging between 97-99 degrees.
Temperature When In Use
Now while 104 degrees is the maximum temperature for most hot tubs, it's important to note this is probably a little too hot for most people. In fact, most people will enjoy a hot tub the most when the water is at a comfortable 100 to 102 degrees.
Jacuzzi is simply a brand name of hot tub. All brands will have different features and components to make them different from other hot tub brands. However, rather than focusing on a name, your hot tub purchase should be based on the quality and features that fit your budget and desires.
The Choice is Yours. Master Spas Swim Spas are designed for inside or outside, year-round enjoyment and can be installed above ground, partially recessed or fully recessed.
For an in-ground swim spa installation, a cavity must be dug out for the spa to be lowered into. This cavity will likely be about 1 foot wider than the dimensions of your swim spa, to allow the equipment to lower and place the spa effectively. This surrounding area can easily be filled once the swim spa is in place.
You can go with a smaller 12 foot swim spa; a small version used strictly for swimming and exercise, or you can stretch all the way out to a 19 foot swimspa/hot tub combination with a separate body of water for hydrotherapy. Both options are popular with a number of sizes in between.
Most standard swim spas are about 39 inches deep, but most can be made deeper, up to 6 feet in one brand.