How the Hot Tub Has Evolved

Hot tubs have been around for decades, but in that time they’ve changed radically, becoming much more efficient and functional. Over the years, manufacturers have created new ways to make users’ lives easier by saving them time and improving maintenance.

Below, you’ll learn more about how Hydropool hot tubs have evolved over time to better meet owners’ needs.

Taking Insulation to the Next Level

Innovations in insulation have been among the most important ways hot tub companies have helped consumers save money and energy.

A quarter of a century ago, hot tub insulation was essentially unheard of. Not even basic foam insulation existed at this time. In the early 1990s, Hydropool became an innovator in insulation and energy efficiency by adding foam insulation to hot tubs and pipes. Although this new addition effectively locked in some heat, it was imperfect and hot tubs still experienced substantial heat loss. At this time, plumbing was also hard to get to without fully unearthing the pipes and damaging the hot tub’s structure and insulation.

By the beginning of the 21st century, Hydropool had invented and implemented the Hydrowise Thermal Shield, a cutting-edge technology that stopped plumbing from leaking and decreased the heat that was being lost through gaps in the hot tub’s panels. It also improved the longevity of the hot tub by providing increased air circulation and preventing the motor from overheating and water pumps from failing.

In the last 10 years, Hydropool has continued to improve its technology by employing Hydrowise Thermal Shield Technology. With a polyfilm barrier, it can easily support the hot tub’s plumbing and make service access and maintenance much easier. In addition, it is extremely efficient because its heat source is made of waste heat it reuses from the motor, shell, and pipes. An eco-heat exchange venting system also cools off the hot tub in summer and retains heat in cold weather, which improves efficiency and temperature control.

Not only have these innovations saved customers energy, but they’ve saved them money as well.

The Premiere of the Self-Cleaning Hot Tub

As hot tub owners know, cleaning and maintenance can take up substantial time and energy and Hydropool has always sought out ways to give customers more time to do what they love. The self-cleaning hot tub was a major innovation in this arena.

As of 1980, Hydropool hot tubs were equipped with grate-style skimmers and gravity-style drains. By 1985, they began utilizing suction side filters and skimmers that could skim the surface and the depths of their hot tubs, making maintenance must faster, easier, cheaper, and more effective.

By the late 1980s, they had introduced high flow skimmers and pressure side filters, making water filtration more effective while decreasing the likelihood of filter clogs that could damage pumps and heaters. Not only did this reduce hot tub odors, but it immensely improved the aesthetics of the hot tub since the filter could no longer be seen.

In 1993, Hydropool made cleaning the hot tub more efficient and effective by implementing a floor vacuum. This innovation also reduced the amount of maintenance that was required. The vacuum had the capability of reaching the bottom of the hot tub, enabling it to filter water that it couldn’t in the past. It also prevented owners from having to bail water from the bottom of the hot tub prior to draining it.

As these innovations continued, they eventually resulted in the world’s first and only self-cleaning hot tub. Today’s version of the self-cleaning model can filter all of the hot tub’s water in only 15 minutes and can skim the surface and vacuum the floor. When you truly want to save money and time, the self-cleaning option is the way to go.

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