Hot Tub Chemicals
Hot tub owners are accustomed to dealing with the competing claims of water-treatment products that go by a variety of names: sanitizers, cleansers, oxidizers, clarifiers, balancers, ionizers, defoamers and more.
Spa owners need to do two things to their
tub water - keep it clean and keep the pH level balanced. The most
common approach to hot tub treatment is to use chemicals to do the job.
chlorine (sodium dichlor) is often used in spas and hot tubs. Some
prefer bromine as an alternative because even though it is more
expensive than chlorine some prefer the smell and feel.
tub owners who prefer a more natural approach can experiment with a
variety of enzyme formulations that kill bacteria. Their downfall is
that they are often hard to find and more costly than chemicals.
sanitizers such as ozone generators or ionizers can also treat hot tub
water. Ozonators work with the tub's air pump to inject
bacteria-killing ozone into the water, while ionizers use copper and
silver electrodes to kill organisms. Both are quite effective, though
many tub users are discouraged by the initial cost of purchasing either
Whichever form of water treatment you
choose is usually a matter of personal preference and budget. So take
the time to learn about the options available, since you'll benefit
from your research for years to come!