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Inflatable Spa

Updated on December 21, 2013

The Great Inflatable Spa

The inflatable spa is opening the door for more people than ever to take advantage of having their own personal home spa. They are not only a great way to spend a romantic evening, they are also fun and entertaining for the entire family.


Have you ever thought about owning your own personal spa? If you have, did you consider the option of buying an inflatable spa? If you have not, then maybe you should. Inflatable spas offer most of the benefits that conventional hot tubs offer, and also have many additional advantages.

Inflatable spas are a fraction of the price of normal hot tubs. A decent hot tub can set you, back several thousand dollars and that does not include any remodeling or renovating that you may have to do. There are many makes and models of inflatable spas that are available for less than a thousand dollars.

Obviously, another advantage is that the inflatable spa is portable. This means that you can set up the spa almost anywhere and at any time. If you have to move for a personal or job related reason, you can easily take the spa with you. You will not have to make the choice of either selling the tub or facing very expensive relocation costs. With an inflatable spa, you do not have to own the property. You can have the advantage of owning a home spa and be a renter.

Many models of spas can be set up in less than fifteen minutes. All they require is a flat surface, a garden hose and access to a power outlet. You do not even require any kind of air pump. Most spas inflate themselves using their own blower. They operate using any normal wall socket, which means you can have the spa anywhere that you can reach with an extension cord.

The inflatable spa allows you to choose if you want to have the spa indoors or out. If the weather is going to be stormy, you can easily move the spa inside. You do not have to wait to use your spa until the weather clears.

These are only a few of the very basic reasons why you should investigate getting an inflatable spa.

For thousands of years man has been taking advantage of the healing powers of natural hot springs. The ancient Aztecs to the Egyptians to the Chinese, all of these cultures recognized their power and benefits.

The ancient Greeks believed that the hot waters were a gift from the God Asclepius. Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. His symbol of the rod and the snake are still used to represent the practice of medicine. People who visited the healing waters would offer gifts to the God and then hope to be cured by the powers of the water.

The Romans also followed this concept, although they called their God Aesculapius. They built temples to honor this God around natural hot springs. One of the most famous Roman cities is that of Bath in England. Bath is still world renowned for its wonderful hot springs.

Montezuma the famous Aztec ruler is said to have been carried all the way from Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) to the Agua Hedionda Hot Springs (Cuautla). There he would soak and bathe to relieve the pressures of ruling. The Aztecs were not the only culture that is believed to have benefited from these springs. The Chalca, the Olmecs and the Teotihuacans are also believed to have lived in the area and have used the waters as a source of healing.

The word Spa is believed to have been first used by an ironworker in Belgium. In about 1326, this ironworker found a natural hot spring. He bathed in the waters and claimed that they could heal his health problems. He started his own health treatment site, which he called a "spa". This word comes from the ancient "Walloon" language and means fountain. The springs that he discovered are the world famous hot springs in Spa, in the Walloon region of Belgium.

The first modern hot tubs were constructed in the mid 1900s. They were made of horse troughs, and old olive and wine barrels. They bore little resemblance to what we now recognize as a hot tub or spa. By the sixties spas were rapidly appearing in California, as part of the hippie culture. They enjoyed the group feeling of love and peace and soaking in a communal outdoor spa. Although these tubs were fun and entertaining, they did not work well, often leaked and were not very sanitary. They used little if any chemicals or cleaners and seldom had any type of filtration system.

Spas made of fiberglass, and acrylic began appearing about 1970. Although they were not as leaky as the wooden tubs, they were still a long way from being practical. They did, however, begin to use both chemicals and filters to help control bacteria and other health problems.

Today, we do not have to travel to a natural hot spring nor do we have to remodel or remake our home to accommodate a spa in order to take advantage of the relaxing, soothing power of hot water. With an inflatable spa we can set up almost anywhere in mere minutes and enjoy its benefits. We are able to have the healing power of water right when we want it and where we want it.

Inflatable spas are becoming more and more popular. Not only because of their price, but because they are portable and easy to set up. If you are like most people, you probably have a number of questions about these spas.

Listed below are some of the more common questions and their answers.

Question: How much does an inflatable spa weigh?

Answer: When filled with water, a spa that holds 210 gallons of water will weigh about 1750 pounds. This of course does vary a bit depending on the make and model of the spa itself.

Question: How many people can use a spa?

Answer:The most common spas can hold either two or four adults comfortably. There are a few brands that do make larger spas which can accommodate six adults.

Question: What kind of power do they use?

Answer: Most makes and models can be plugged into any normal wall socket. They do not require any kind of special wattage or power source.

Question: What are these spas made from?

Answer: There are a number of different materials that are used by different manufacturers. Some of the most common materials are latex, nylon and laminated PVC and polyester blends.

Question:What kind of chemicals do these spas require?

Answer: These spas operate using the same chemicals that are used by more conventional tubs. There are two main sanitizing methods; bromine and chlorine.

Question: Do I always have to use chemicals?

Answer: No. But for health and safety reasons you should. Spas can be breeding grounds for many different kinds of bacteria if they are not properly sanitized.

Question Are these spas safe?

Answer: Yes. All spas come with an emergency cut-off feature that will prevent electrocution. However, it is very important that all safety procedures are followed as per the manufacturer's instructions. It is also very important that you do exercise caution around any kind of water activity.

Question: What do I do if the Spa starts to leak?

Answer: The first thing to do is check all the connections. Most leaks come from a lose hose or fitting. However, almost all tubs do come with an emergency repair kit in case of an accidental puncture.

Question: What kind of jets does the spa use and how many do they have?

Answer: This depends on the make and model of the spa. Most brands of spas use air jets to circulate the water which are powered by a blower. There are a few spas that do use both water and air jets. The number of jets will vary due to the size and capacity of the spa as well as the brand.

I hope that this information has answered at least some of your questions about these spas. If you have any additional questions, please drop me a note.

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      nukemdomis lm 6 years ago

      I would end up poking a hole through it on accident.