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Marquis Launches Round Hot Tub Model


 

Marquis round model 524 hot tubWith the launch of the new 524TM spa, Marquis’ e-Series Hot Tubs is going retro with a modern spin on the classic round hot tub. But while this tub may have a classic shape, it’s nothing like your father’s hot tub.

 

“With the 524, we’ve taken the nostalgia that comes with the circular shape and married it with a new look and modern conveniences,” said John Schrenk, Marquis’ President. “It’s the best of both worlds, merging old hot tub tradition with today’s technology and features.”

 

The 524 comfortably seats five people with its therapy seats in multiple heights. The 24 jets provide plenty of action for all users, plus its footwell jets benefit everyone in the hot tub. In addition to five therapy seats, the 524 also has a cool down seat that doubles as an entry step.

 

The easy-to-operate controls face the inside of the hot tub for ultimate convenience. The exterior of this new spa measures 76 inches round and 34 inches high. A spin around the surface reveals soft, rounded lines. The 524 has a dazzling waterfall feature and consumers can enhance the mood with the Twilight colored light show.

 

About Marquis

 

Marquis, an Oregon-based employee-owned company, has been manufacturing premium portable hot tubs and for over 30 years. The company distributes its products in the U.S., Canada and Europe via its extensive distributor and dealer network. For more information please call (800) 275-0888 or visit www.marquisspas.com.


Guide to Winter Hot Tub & Spa Use


Hot Tub Spa in WinterMany people enjoy using their outdoor hot tub or spa during the cold winter months. There’s nothing like soaking in a warm hot tub as you sip hot cocoa and watch the snow fall around you. If you live in a cold climate, follow these six tips to ensure proper operation and efficiency of your hot tub all winter long.


1. Stock up on Supplies –
Make sure you have an extra filter cartridge and enough sanitizer, chemicals, test strips, and other spa supplies to last you through the winter. The weather can be unpredictable and you don’t want to take the chance of having to go out and purchase these items when the roads are icy or unmanaged.

2. Protect Your Pipes – One of the major risks of operating a hot tub in the winter is that water can freeze in the pipes. Check that your spa’s freeze protection system is activated, which will help maintain a constant water temperature even when you’re not using the spa. If your hot tub doesn’t have freeze protection, set your timer switch to cycle on for 15 – 20 minutes every hour to keep warm water circulating through the pipes.


3. Keep it Covered
– A good insulated cover is essential for reducing the energy requirements of your hot tub during the winter. It is also recommended to use an inexpensive thermal blanket under your regular hot tub cover to help keep the heat in, reduce chemical use, and decrease moisture build-up on the cover. Be sure to spray the vinyl cover with a quality protectant to safeguard against harsh weather conditions and also remove snow before it accumulates on the cover.


4. Watch the Water Level
– Check your hot tub’s water level regularly, especially if you do not use your spa every day. If the water in your spa gets too low, the pumps and heater may stop working which will cause the water to freeze.


5. Maintain the Water Temperature
–The colder it gets, the longer it takes for your spa to heat up. It is less expensive and more efficient to maintain the water temperature of your hot tub on a daily basis than it is to let it get extremely cold and then reheat it when you want to use the spa. It also keeps water from freezing in the pipes and reduces chemical use.


6. Turn off Air Jets
– Running the air jets in the winter uses a great amount of energy because they inject cold air into the spa water. If you do use your jets, make sure you turn them off after every use.


For a list of recommended hot tub manufacturers, visit our Hot Tubs Buyers’ Guide.

New AquaChek 6-in-1 Test Strip for Hot Tubs & Spas


AquaChek 6-in-1 Spa Test StripHach Company/ETS, the manufacturer of AquaChek® Pool & Spa Test Strips, is pleased to announce the introduction of AquaChek Spa, a 6-in-1 test strip developed specifically for testing in the hot tub environment. AquaChek Spa provides spa/hot tub owners an efficient and comprehensive means of testing the water.

 

The new 15-second, dip and read AquaChek Spa test strip includes tests for six chemistries: Total Chlorine, Total Bromine, Free Chlorine, Total Alkalinity, pH, and Total Hardness.

 

Spas and hot tubs present unique challenges to manage healthy, balanced water. The higher temperatures and lower water volume can cause faster chemical reactions and increased evaporation rates. Maintaining ideal levels of active and total sanitizer (Bromine or Chlorine), pH, Total Alkalinity, and Hardness will help ensure that the water is clean and healthy. In addition, it will protect the spa/hot tub against damage from fluctuations in pH, and a build-up of scale formation.

 

“Owners should test their water before and after each use, and treat the water regularly,” advises Joe Sweazy, Technical Sales and Service Manager for AquaChek. “We recommend tracking results each time the water is tested,” he adds.

 

AquaChek Spa 6-in-1 test strips are fast, accurate, and easy to use. Simply dip the test strip into the spa/hot tub, compare using the color chart comparator on the bottle, and adjust chemical levels that are not within the acceptable range by following chemical manufacturer’s recommendations. Each bottle includes 50 test strips with instructions in English, French, Spanish, and German.

For more info, visit www.AquaChek.com or call 888-278-2243.


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