With all the health benefits associated with Jacuzzis, few people need a lot of convincing as to the advantages of investing in one of these units. However, more and more South Africans are becoming more energy conscious, as electricity prices continue to rise, and energy security and supply remains unstable. Everyone wants to become more energy independent, so how can buying a Jacuzzi affect that ideal?
Jacuzzis do use electricity to run. How much it uses is dependent on a number of variables. The model that you invest in will obviously greatly influence its efficiency, and there are a number of other aspects that will influence its energy consumption, including:
- The temperature of the water;
- How many jets your Jacuzzi has;
- How long you keep the jets running; and
- Whether or not the water is re-heated during your bathing session, to name a few.
Without running the numbers, it is plain to see that it is cheaper heating the water on occasion, instead of keeping it at a constant hot level. Hot water constantly loses heat to the environment. The greater the difference between the environment and your hot tub, the greater the level of heat loss will be.
Since the precise heating and cooling of water in the Jacuzzi will vary greatly pending on the insulation, model and other factors, the level of power it consumes will differ from one consumer to another. With that said, all Jacuzzi models manufactured today are designed with an emphasis on electricity efficiency.
Why You Need a Jacuzzi
A Jacuzzi is much more than a luxurious accessory for your property. Bathing in a Jacuzzi offers both mental and physical benefits to the bather. Aside from the general health benefits that it offers, Jacuzzis can also form part of the treatment of patients with osteoporosis and arthritis, as the buoyancy obtained in a Jacuzzi can offer increased strength and mobility.
Additionally, the hot water also helps to cause muscle relaxation, as the water’s heat is carried deep into your muscles. Your body tries to cool itself by carrying heat to the surface via your blood. Unlike with a conventional bathtub, the Jacuzzi is able to maintain a hot water temperature indefinitely.
This means that while you enjoy soaking in a Jacuzzi, your blood will not recirculate at a reduced temperature. Instead, it returns deep within the body at a warmer temperature than before, delivering with it the therapeutic heat where other treatments fail to. What’s more, the body’s central nervous system’s sensitivity is muted, as the body focuses on the heat gain. It brings about temporary pain relief, helping athletes with stiff and sore muscles to enjoy some relief.
Jacuzzi Energy Saving and Conservation Tips
Don’t let the prospect of paying extra for using your Jacuzzi put you off from benefitting from this incredible technology. There are a few things that you can do to achieve greater efficiency while running your Jacuzzi, and minimise its electricity use. All Jacuzzis, regardless of their make or model, have one thing in common: they heat water. The objective is to conserve as much heat as possible, which leads to reduced energy use.
The first electricity saving tip is to start with your Jacuzzi cover. Heat rises, which is why we insulate our homes. Even though walls are insulated, an estimated 85% of heat loss happens through the roof. The same principle applies to your Jacuzzi. All modern Jacuzzis have well-insulated shells, but you need a quality Jacuzzi cover to save on its operational costs. If the cover has deteriorated, heat will leak and it will cost you more to run the tub. Make sure that the cover is in good operational condition.
The next tip is to create windbreaks around your Jacuzzi, especially if you use it outside. Cutting wind exposure significantly reduces heat loss, while also creating an attractive privacy solution. Use privacy panels, fencing or shrubs to create a spa enclosure that helps to create effective windbreaks.
Everyone wants to save electricity, while still enjoying a high quality of life. With a quality Jacuzzi unit designed with energy efficiency in mind and some practical tips, you can have the best of both worlds. At Summer Place Spas & Baths, we are leaders in the supply of cutting-edge Jacuzzi technology. Since 1968, we have been supplying South Africans with the latest Jacuzzi and spa bath technology. Contact us to learn more about the operational costs of Jacuzzis, and how we can help you enjoy the benefits of this technology in your daily life.