Caring for your spa is important to ensure its, and your, long term health. We understand when looking at spa water care options, it can become confusing which is the best way to go. We have narrowed down the 3 water care options to help you choose the one that suits your budget and routine the best.
1. Traditional spa water care
Traditional spa water care is the most economical but requires the most manual effort. As part of your traditional water care process, you will need to add an approved sanitiser to the spa once a week and prior to each use. The amount of effort you need to out in is dependent on how often you use your spa. You should typically check the spa with a test strip prior to every use. We recommend only using products specifically designed for your spa and from a reputable, authorised dealer.
The sanitiser you use will be one of two options - Chlorine or Bromine. They kill bacteria and viruses and prevent algae growth. As a guide, Chlorine levels should stay between 3 and 5 parts per million. Do not use tri-chlor chlorine, any type of compressed bromine or chlorine, acid or any type of sanitiser not specifically made for your spa.
2. Ozone with MPS and silver ions
Ozone with MPS and Silver Ions is still a manual process, however less interaction is needed, and a tad more expensive than traditional water care. It is now the industry standard for spa care. You will see crystal clear spa water with very little chlorine required.
It combines powerful oxidisers (ozone and MPS) with silver ions to decrease the need for chlorine. This ozone unit may come as a standard feature or as part of an upgrade. Once installed, the unit releases tiny ozone bubbles continuously into the water. The silver ion cartridge in the filter standpipe automatically releases silver ions into the water. This helps to inhibit bacteria growth. You will need to manually add MPS to the spa with each use, and a small amount of chlorine once a week. The silver ion cartridge will need to be replaced every three months, and the ozone unit every 4-5 years.
3. Spa salt water systems
The top of the range water care system is both the most hands-free option and the more expensive option. They automatically generate the sanitiser via an electrode cell which transfers energy to the water to convert salt into a sanitiser. The result is better-feeling and longer-lasting spa water.
When using this system, you will need to balance the spa water and dip a test strip to determine how often the system should run. The cell will need to be replaced at regular intervals, which is determined by the spa you choose.
The new FreshWater™ Salt System is designed to make water care as simple as possible. Available on all Highlife® Collection and Limelight® Collection spas, it will keep your spa water clean, clear and sanitised for a full year. With the addition of a little salt, your spa will generate chlorine automatically. This means less manual labour for you measuring and adding chemicals. IT eliminates the guesswork and hassle of spa water care maintenance.
Your local spa dealer can walk you through the process of choosing the right spa and water care system for you.