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Two major components of a hot tub are the circulation and filtration systems. These two systems work hand-in-hand to ensure your hot tub stays clean and healthy.
While circulation ensures the proper distribution of required chemicals and aerates the water to keep debris moving, filtration helps to keep the water clear by trapping debris. Both systems rely heavily on hot tub parts to do their intended job effectively.
Keep the Water Moving
A circulating pump keeps a continuous supply of water moving through the filtration system. Since the purpose is to prevent stagnant water, circulation pumps run continuously. Therefore, many of today’s circulation pumps use low power and have programmable features to allow spa owners to control when then operate.
Without getting too technical, the circulating pump, also known as a centrifugal pump, uses an impeller to create flow. Similar to the way an aircraft propeller propels or pushes air, a circulating pump impeller pulls or draws water. For this reason, circulating pumps are an important hot tub part because their primary purpose is to keep the water moving.
Keep the Water Clean
While using a spa cover can go a long way in keeping debris out of your hot tub, your spa still requires a filtration system to keep the water clean. If your spa water appears murky and dull, the most likely culprit is a dirty filter.
Hot tubs use removable filter cartridges, making it a hot tub part that is easy to clean or replace as necessary. Merely remove the filter every four to six weeks and rinse it with a garden hose. Next, soak it in a filter cleaner and then thoroughly rinse it until the water runs clear.
Because filter cartridges are made of a fibrous material, generally 100 % spunbond polyester, they gradually wear out and become more porous over time. Replace your filter cartridge regularly (varies depending on your spa model). Keeping your filtration system clean keeps debris from damaging your circulation pump.
In addition, you’ll need to clean the removable basket generally called a skimmer. Don Vandervort of HomeTips.com suggests, “Clean the skimmers twice a week by removing leaves and anything else obstructing the water flow. With in-ground spas, the strainer baskets are hidden in the surrounding deck; for portable spas, the baskets are near the pump.”
Understanding how your home spa works is important to spa ownership. That includes knowing the hot tub parts that keep your investment clean and sparkling. And if you have any other questions related to maintaining your spa or finding the right hot tub parts, contact us.
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