December Newsletter


When do you know when you need to do something with your filters?

Your water dictates how you handle your filters. I use all the filters to help me with my water so I thought you might like to hear why people do it differently.

I live in Minnetonka and fill my spa with water from my well. I have a lot of iron (which can stain your tub) so I have to get rid of it quickly before I have to scrub and scrub the iron stain off the waterline. The picture you see is disposable filters after 24 hours.

  • I first buy a rescue bag (9.99) and pour the hose water through that as a pre-filter – I can throw it away, I don’t have to remember where I put the hose adapter and I just find it easier.
  • I start with the disposable filters because there is just so much iron in my water that if I used a pleated filter they fail within about 6 months because they never really get all the iron out of the pleats.
  • My water comes out of the tap and the tub is brownish – I let it filter for a day and just throw the filters away and put in my pleated filters.
    • Disposable filters actually filter down to 1 micron and the pleated ones are rated for 3 microns. This saves me the trouble of putting in an extra product like STAIN & SCALE which makes the iron particles bigger and aids in metal removal.
      • Stain & Scale and other products like metal gone cannot be used with the silver sentinel disposable filters because the silver in the filters is also pulled out which causes the filters to disintegrate.

So I save a few bucks on the filters ($28.99 compared to $32.99) and I save by not buying the Stain & Scale ($22.99) but I do buy an extra set of filters each time I change the water on my swim spa because I put in my pleated (cleanable) filters and these last me for a few years.

What’s great about an Arctic Spa is you have so many options on how you filter your water it makes it easy for YOUR lifestyle and budget.

Our friends in Minneapolis have no metals and the water comes out balanced right out of the tap. They are able to use the disposable filters for the entire water cycle (not just 24 hours like at my house).

Water Quality issues in the Winter


We have really been lucky to have an extended fall. Those of us who procrastinated until late November to change the water could do so in relatively mild weather. Last year at Thanksgiving the weather was bitterly cold and snowing.

  • Your water level will go down in the winter faster than in the summer. The evaporation is more pronounced because the temperature difference. Make sure you have a plan to give it a few inches when it is low.
  • My family has decided to be proactive and fill 10 gallons every week with our maintenance routine instead of getting the hose out. It allowed us to do a little at a time. I have found that inevitably the water needs to be added when it is the coldest outside.

For every degree above 94 it allows bacteria to grow faster. When we use the spa more in the winter to warm our aching joints you may have to add more chlorine. Make sure your routine includes a mid week check if your weekly check is showing low chlorine. If you catch it mid week it will be better for anyone who is bathing mid week AND the water quality in general.

The older the water the harsher the water feels. The are always residual from the chemicals that can dry out your skin. This is why we check your TDS (Total Devolved Solids) when you are getting a water test at the store.

Winter Hot tub Issues – I won’t make that mistake again

  • Cover – make sure your cover is closed properly. The middle section folds together tightly and sometimes you will have to push them together – just a little bump towards the cover lift will secure that. When it is loosely closed you will see steam rising off the tub (probably right before you are going to bed and your in your PJ’s)
  • Ice on the cover – I am NOT naming names but Do NOT use a shovel on the top of your cover. Yes, you can stand on it and yes, it will support you and the weight but No No No tools.
    • Use a broom or your arm to push off most of the weight. I grab some warm water from the tub and pour it on the remaining ice and hit it with my fist to break it up and get it off the tub. Your cover lift is heavy duty but can be twisted and broken with the weight of the cover and the weight of the snow.
  • Try not to have the snow piled up against the cedar cabinet. The cedar is naturally water resistant but come spring it will be more gray if the snow has been sitting against it all winter. It is easy to bring it back in the spring with some natural deck stain too.
  • Male Dogs love to lift of side of my tub. It is a constant thing at my house. Just remember to take care of those corners in the fall and in the spring so it doesn’t penetrate the wood. Natural deck stain is my best friend.

Make your hot tub part of your life in the winter.


When we first got a hot tub we would stare out at it in the back yard and think….”that is pretty far away, its pretty cold, I had a hard day” and we didn’t use the tub as often as we should have

Once we made it part of the evening routine we felt much better physically AND about our investment. Here is just a little bit of how a Hot Tub can help

  • Muscle Relaxation and Joint Pain Relief

Massaging hot tub jets work to relax muscles and relieve pressure on nerves. In addition, the buoyancy provided by the water reduces body weight by 90 percent, taking pressure off joints. Hydrotherapy in a hot tub can provide symptom relief to some people with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation notes that muscle relaxation, decreased pain and stiffness and increased ease of performing daily activities and exercises are all potential benefits from heat therapies such as soaking in a hot tub.

  • Blood Pressure and Circulation

Heat from hot tubs can cause the blood vessels to open up (called vasodilation), which decrease blood pressure. The heat and massage ease blood flow and improve circulation, in addition to stimulating nerve impulses that boost the immune system and digestion.
According to the American Heart Association, individuals with high blood pressure who have been advised to refrain from other activities that cause vasodilation (such as exercise) should also avoid using hot tubs. You should also not drink alcohol or move back and forth between cold water and hot tubs as this can increase blood pressure.

  • Improvement of Type 2 Diabetes

Hot tub therapy involving up to 30 minutes a day, six days a week for at least three weeks is known to help individuals with type 2 diabetes lower their blood sugar, lose weight and improve their sleep patterns. Particularly for people who are unable to exercise, sitting in a hot tub may be an effective alternative. Those with diabetes need to exercise caution, however, as they may be more susceptible to get burns on their feet due to nerve damage caused by diabetes. Drops in blood sugar may also not be obvious until getting out of the tub so individuals are advised to leave the hot tub gradually to make sure they do not pass out.

  • Chronic Pain and Fatigue Reductions

Hot tub therapy may help people with medical conditions that cause pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (both chronic conditions characterized by all-over body pain, aches or fatigue) can get pain relief from soaking in a hot tub or engaging in light stretches while in the water.

For the Holidays don’t forget our On-Line  Store  we have a huge number of things for Christmas at the store. You can see the unusual items at our online store – We are a full line YETI dealer and you can save on shipping if you stop into the store.


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