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Tips for your Home Spa Vitality Pool or Hot Tub

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Here are some simple tips and explanations, if you are thinking of buying a Spa Pool for your home.

What makes a Hot Tub or Vitality Pool different from a Swimming Pool? The water is usually heated to a higher temperature - 33–36ºC than a traditional pool. The pool is not usually deeper than 1.3 meters and the size is designed to sit in or do some simple exercises in the water. Exercise using the resistance of the water can improve muscle strength, co-ordination, endurance and improve circulation

What is a Hot Tub? A Hot Tub is usually made off site and delivered and fitted above ground which also has the heating system and filtration system built into the unit. This means that there is very little extra plumbing required. A Hot Tub may be made of Cedar wood outer or a pre moulded plastic or acrylic.

What is a Vitality Pool or Hydrotherapy pool? A spa pool, vitality pool or hydro pool is just a generic name given to a luxurious pool, equipped with air and water jet features. The Vitality pool can vary in size and shape. These pools can be above or below ground and are often found in hotels with a luxury spa facility. We have developed two smaller Vitality Pools that can be installed in your home indoors or outdoors. Vitality Pools can be made of steel or may be tiled. Additional features can be added to a Vitality pool, such as a water cannon or volcano pad (this is reflexology pad with jets that you can put your feet onto). If you want a pool that you can also swim in you can add a counter current - this needs to be 4 x 2 metres minimum and you will need a plant room - but this is still quite compact - say 1 x 1 m This type of pool can be used as a training pool - for more serious athletes or for health and fitness benefits.

Should I choose Round or Square?
Square is a more economical shape - it means it can be fitted into an area without wasting space around it . You can also get more people in a square pool. Cedar Hot Tubs are always round because they are barrel shaped 

What is a Bather Load? This is the number of people expected to use the pool in a 24-hour period.  

What is the Plant? The plant is the elements require to heat and keep the pool clean. The size of the plant for the heating, chemical dosing system (the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool clean) and the filtration system will depend on the bather load.

How much room will the plant take up? This is based on the bather loads. Many residential sized Vitality pools can be designed with the plant held underneath the pool or in a small plant room just 1m x 1m square approx.

Does the pool require special electrics? You need a 32-amp power supply to heat the pool and it has its own heat exchanger which heats its own water. 

How much additional space is required around the Pool? If you have a Hot Tub there is minimal space required around the pool. Hot Tubs the needs to additional building works. A Hot Tub which is half in the ground and half out may require some building work to make small steps. If the hot Tub is fully immersed in the ground it will need to be dug out to approx. 1.2 metres deep. 

Freeboard or Deck Level? Freeboard pools are designed so the water doesn’t go over the edge of the pool. Deck level means the water flows freely over the top of the edge of the pool into a balance tank - these require the extra cost of the balance tank. Most residential pools are freeboard pools 

If you need more information regarding the installation of your spa pool call us on +44 (0) 118 9471857 or email


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