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HOT TUB TECHNOLOGY


The stunning Caldera Spa range from Certikin offers the ultimate in comfort, style and performance at sensible


prices. Furthermore, the state-of-the- art hot tubs are easy to service, super energy efficient and eco-friendly


Evolving Tub Technology


WITH THE AMOUNT OF HOT TUB BRANDS NOW ON THE INCREASE AGAIN IN THE UK, MANUFACTURERS ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING AT WAYS TO STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION AND PROTECT OR INCREASE THEIR MARKET SHARE. WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE VERY LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS COMPETITIVE AND EVER EVOLVING MARKET


By Jon Wadeson


arious myths have surrounded the use and purchase of hot tubs, but with so many design and technology innovations being introduced over recent years, it seems these murmurings can be well and truly silenced. Ross Phillipson, Sales Director of The Hot Tubs Superstore, the United Kingdom’s number one retailer, sums up why. “Energy efficiency has been the main area of debate when it comes to hot tubs but with new innovative designs in the industry, hot tubs now perform at a much-reduced cost, largely due to the materials that are used within each tub.


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“The process in how hot tubs are now made guarantees that they perform efficiently and aren’t damaging to the environment or the purse strings. Polyurethane foam is used and tactically placed to the shell ensuring heat is retained.


“Buying specific hot tub parts can also ensure the product performs efficiently, using less energy but still receiving the same service, such as circulation pumps. Some pumps have been known to use less energy than a 40 watt light bulb.


“Another myth that is no longer true is www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


the high level of maintenance that a hot tub needs. Sanitising systems that use salt water are now used requiring less water changes and the salt helps generate cleansers in the water, meaning less hands-on cleaning for the owner. “Finally, adjustable jets are new designs that are increasingly found in many hot tubs, mainly used for massage purposes. The water warms the muscles providing a relaxing experience and moving jets provide all over body massages, to benefit health and of course for relaxation. “With all the pioneering qualities that hot tubs now boast, I am confident that different, shapes and sizes of hot tubs will be found in gardens and homes around the country.”


So with an economy that is now picking up, the introduction of the further innovations couldn’t have been timed better and manufacturers are doing their best to get the upper hand against their competitors with extra, unique features on their models. That’s fantastic news for both consumers and the trade alike and we take a look at just some of the latest technologies.


CALDERA LOOK TO GET AHEAD WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT FIBERCOR


The stunning Caldera Spa range from Certikin offers the ultimate in comfort, style and performance at sensible prices. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art hot tubs are easy to service, super energy efficient and eco-friendly.


The FiberCor material provides full insulation at a 2Ib density compared to the ½lb density found with most urethane applications – that’s four times the density. The loose fibres fill voids and gaps around plumbing and in corners – areas that other foam methods don’t typically reach. In fact, FiberCor insulates more evenly thus maximising the thermal performance of the spa. A Caldera spa with FiberCor insulation meets CEC energy efficiency requirements and lowers customers’ energy costs. FiberCor has no petroleum or hazardous materials and is easily disposed of and reused.


FiberCor is the first insulation of its kind to be used in the construction of hot tubs. The loose-fill wool fibres contain 25% recycled


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