An introduction to Swim Spas and why they're becoming more popular
The swim spa is a relatively new option in the home pool market but its popularity is starting to peak. Compact, convenient and often offering a better workout than swimming in a full sized pool, the swim spa has lots of plus points for many people, from cost effectiveness through to being a luxury feature. So, what is a swim spa and why is it becoming such a popular choice?
What is a swim spa?
This type of pool was originally created for fitness. The most fundamental part of its design is the current mechanism that creates resistance against which to swim and offers the ideal way to get a customisable workout without leaving home. Swim spas vary in size and dimensions but most are around 12-19 feet long and 7-9 feet wide – this puts them somewhere in between the swimming pool and the hot tub in terms of size. When it comes to construction, a swim spa is much more like a hot tub in the interior, as it has hot tub style jets that are fitted into an acrylic shell. Water pumps and an electric heater complete the swim spa design.
Why are swim spas becoming so popular?
Swim spas are a better option for swimmers
With a traditional pool, a swimmer has to turn at the end of each length and this is often an uncomfortable moment that can slow down an exercise session. With a swim spa, there is a continuous current to swim against that doesn’t require any stops or turns.
Swim spas are a versatile choice for any space
The main issue for many people when it comes to somewhere to swim at home is often space. Few have room for a full sized swimming pool, especially one that will enable some serious training. Swim spas are much more compact and much smaller, meaning that they can be positioned just about anywhere – and are available as above ground or in-ground too.
Maintenance for swim spas is simpler and cheaper
The cleaning and maintenance on a home swim spa can be completed in a mater of minutes whereas a pool could take hours and may require a professional to do it. For those with busy lifestyles, the swim spa is by far the better choice.
Swim spas are more cost effective
Given their smaller dimensions and the insulated design of the swim spa they tend to be cost effective to run. Most operate at a fraction of the cost of a full sized swimming pool. They also tend to be more energy efficient, as the insulation in the shell is designed to trap the heat generated by the pumps and heater.
Your swim spa is a year-round asset
Whereas swimming pools are often out of action during the winter months, the swim spa is not. As the swim spa is so much smaller and easier to heat it can be used all year round, even when there is snow on the ground.
If you’d like to find the perfect swim spa for your home there are many models to choose from – contact The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company today on 0208 300 4003 and we can help you to find the right one for you.