Justifying Your Jacuzzi
Whirlpool tubs can be a lot of fun but are you purchasing it for the right reason? The first thing you must ask yourself is, do I want an invigorating massage or do I just want to soak my cares away?
The whole purpose of the whirlpool system is to help you relax through water massage and is not really intended for cleaning yourself, so a separate shower compartment would be a good idea to thoroughly wash yourself. Whether you choose to do this before or after you enter the whirlpool is totally up to you.
In a whirlpool bathtub system water is pumped from the bathtub, combined with air and then shot back into the tub through a series of water jets. Your whirlpool tub pretty much functions as an ordinary tub in that you must drain it after each use, unlike a spa which has a filtering and heating system for multiple uses.
Needless to say, make sure you position your tub so that you can access the motor if it needs maintenance. Whirlpools come in different sizes, so you can have a private soak, invite a friend or have a small party depending upon your needs.
You also have a choice of water jets you want, the larger jets create a soft caressing sensation, whereas the smaller jets produce a stiffer current for a more revitalizing massage.
A Simpler Soaking Solution
Another thing to consider is whether or not your hot water tank has the capacity to fill the whirlpool tub adequately; otherwise you’ll be left with a luke-warm or worse, a cold tub. Also make sure that the shut off switch is within easy reach in case of an emergency.
What about grab bars for easy entry and exit? You may consider checking with your doctor to be sure that there will be no unforeseen complications with you or an older family member using the whirlpool tub.
While whirlpool tubs are great to have, if all you really want to do is immerse in a big luxurious tub for a long hot sumptuous soak then you can save yourself a lot of money by simply purchasing a comfortable bathtub without the increased cost of water jets.
But if on the other hand, you really need to work out those knotted tight neck muscles after a long day at the office or running after the kids then a whirlpool is definitely up your alley to straighten out those kinks.
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