Advantages of Spa/Hot Tub Salt Sanitization/Ozone Systemover Regular Spa/Hot Tub Ozonator or No Spa/Hot Tub Ozonator
Many people don't understand enough about water chemistry and sanitization to think much about the overall cost of keeping hot tub or spa water clean over the life of the spa. Chemical sanitization for spas or hot tubs was traditionally the only method available and the cost could run into many hundreds of dollars per year.
Within the last ten years or so, ozone generators (which oxygenate the water and help kill bacteria) for spas and hot tubs were developed and, when installed, did reduce by about 25%, the amount of chemicals needed to sanitize the spa on a regular basis. One of the drawbacks to a regular ozonator, however, is that they tended to be effective for about 18-24 months and then either needed to have a chip replaced (chip replacements plus labor costs could be as much as $200) or replaced entirely (total cost as much as $300).
So in addition to 75% of normal chemical costs (averaging between $350 and $400 per year), a regular spa ozonator comes with a frequent and hefty maintenance/replacement cost.
The non-monetary costs of maintenance (adding chemicals, checking chemicals, and checking the ozonator's performance) added an irony to owning a hot tub (which is meant for relaxation and enjoyment) in that some spa owners complained that they spent more time maintaining the hot tub than they did using it.
Enter the salt sanitizing/ozone system. This option, which virtually eliminates ANY CHEMICAL USE (and COSTS) FOR THE LIFE OF THE SPA, requires salt to function, minimal maintenance, and allows spa owners to spend their time enjoying their hot tubs instead of maintaining them.
The salt sanitizing/ozone systemoffers substantial advantages over either a regular ozonator or no ozonator.
You will save, in what you don't spend in chemicals, the cost of the a salt sanitizing/ozone system in the first year. It is not only the most economical way to keep your spa water clean, but it is also skin-friendly and environmentally-friendly.
Many people have allergic reactions to synthetic chemicals such as Bromine, which is what comes with most spa chemical startup kits, and the salt sanitizing/ozone system eliminates that completely.
Additionally, when you drain your spa as part of regular maintenance, with the salt sanitizing/ozone system, you are putting only sodium chloride back into the ground, whereas when a hot tub treated with chemicals is drained, those chemicals are being put into the ground.