More homeowners are becoming conscious of climate change and the effects that their purchases can have on the environment.
But while swapping small appliances for energy-efficient ones might be a simple step forward, many believe that those larger luxuries are a no-go in green homes.
Hot tubs seem to offer little in the way of eco-friendliness, but a large number of manufacturers are beginning to understand that their consumers want something that is not only good for them, but good for the planet as well.
There are a number of ways to make your soak in the Jacuzzi guilt-free, for example by using non-traditional sanitizers.
Some hot tub owners are wary of using chlorine to sanitize their water. There are a number of alternatives, including mineral and metal ionizers with silver or copper work.
However, it is highly important to dispose of these correctly and safely when draining the tub, so this can present a more difficult option.
Ozone water treatments, which are available from most reputable spa manufacturers, can provide additional water treatment while reducing the need for harsh chemicals.
Other eco-conscious options include the use of sphagnum moss or ozonator and UV lamps in order to deactivate and manage bacteria levels and viruses.
If you do decide to opt for these as a means to sanitize your hot tub, then please be aware that a small amount of chlorine is still recommended to keep your water safe. These should be used as a way to dramatically reduce your chlorine use, and not to substitute it.
While it is always a good idea to try to lower your usage of these chemicals, chlorine and bromine are both considered safe as water treatments. They are both halogens and therefore break down into salts once they have disinfected the water.
Make sure you’re educated on how to use them properly and regularly clean and maintain your hot tub to ensure you are being as eco-friendly as possible.
Hot tubs require draining typically every three months. When doing so ensure that the chemical level is as minimal as possible and that there are no built-up phosphates in the water.
If there are then these can be removed by an all-natural clarifier prior to draining. Never drain your water into storm drains or streams, as this could cause chemicals to enter natural water supplies.
Programmable circulation pumps and control systems are always a good idea to control the level of heat and power your hot tub uses. Heat recovery systems are available, which use the excess heat generated by the pumps to help heat the spa.
Icynene foam insulation can also be a great option for providing the most efficient heat retention and keeping your energy costs low.
If you are looking to purchase a hot tub, then make sure you do your research into the range of products available. Make sure that the manufacturer uses responsibly sourced or recyclable materials and minimal levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
VOCs can be found in the solvent-based stain and insulation of some hot tubs. They are emitted during the manufacturing process and can cause a number of environmental issues, such as soil damage, groundwater pollution and Ozone layer depletion.
Always shop around when purchasing a hot tub. Make sure you understand the best and most ecologically friendly ways to maintain it and don’t be afraid to speak to retailers about your environmental concerns.