Did you know? 12 Fast Facts About pHin

Whether you’re a long-time pHin user or testing the water for our smart pool care, learn these 12 fun facts and technical details you might not know about pHin:

  1. Born in 2015: A pool owner was tired of testing his water and calculating chemical dosing, so he created pHin to remove the guesswork to getting safe water. After building a team and developing the product, pHin launched in 2015.
  2. Works with over 200 chemicals: Pool owners can choose which chemicals they’d like to use with pHin from a large database – and they can request additions if their brand isn’t included already.
  3. pHin measures the water more than anyone: Most homeowners check their pool or hot tub water weekly. pHin blows their tests out of the water, by measuring the water up to 1,000 times per week.
  4. 1 billion samples: Over the years, pHin has collected and analyzed over 1 billion water samples in thousands of pools, hot tubs, and swim spas across the country.
  5. Algorithms makes measuring smarter: pHin does more than check the parts per million (ppm) of chemicals in the water, it analyzes the effectiveness of the sanitizer, whether chlorine, bromine, or salt, to provide intelligent dosing instructions. Learn more about “Kill Power” here.
  6. pHin is friendly with any pool: pHin isn’t only for pools, it can monitor and help you balance a hot tub or swim spa, too!
  7. Amazon Alexa talks to pHin: Now you can check on your water balance without even opening the app. Ask Alexa if your pool water is safe or for the temperature of your hot tub before jumping in. Learn more here.
  8. pHin doesn’t like the cold, but has a “Winter” mode: pHin can’t stay outside in the cold weather, but it has a special winter setting so pHin can hibernate for the winter and come out for the next pool opening.
  9. You can travel with pHin: Worried about the water quality of pools and hot tubs at rental homes and Airbnbs? Take your pHin on the road to check that the balance is safe before taking a dip.
  10. pHin can help your pool tech: Your pool technician can be connected to your pHin so they can check in on your water balance remotely and schedule service as needed.
  11. Data from pHin could save your pool: Monitoring your water does more than keep it in balance, the start of an imbalance could indicate that a piece of equipment is on the fritz or about to break. John Sciacca wrote about his experience in Residential Systems.
  12. Unlimited help from pHin: The smart monitor has a battery that can last up to two years, but if it runs out you can get a free replacement any time if you have the monitoring subscription.

Learn anything new? If you’re ready to add smart technology to your water care routine, click here.

The Buddy System! Why Every Hot Tub Needs a pHin

Hot tubs make a great addition to a home or backyard, whether for warming up on a cool winter night or taking a soak after a tough workout. Among the benefits of owning your own at-home spa, a hot tub can be challenging to maintain. Hot tub rash is real, and chemicals need to be added in exact doses for balanced water. Not to mention, worrying about whether or not the water is safe and balanced can take the relaxation out of your daily soak.

Maximize your hot tub relaxation time with the smart water monitor that can remove your worry about hot tub water! Every hot tub needs a pHin Smart Water Monitor to get the most benefits, here’s why:

Real-Time Temperature Status

There’s nothing worse than having your hot tub soak delayed because the water’s too cold. With pHin, you can simply check the app or ask Alexa about the temperature of your water, so you can see if the heater needs a boost before you go in.

Avoid Hot Tub Rash

Hot tub rash can be caused by poorly maintained water, according to the CDC. Keeping the water in balance is important to avoiding it and it can be hard to know which contaminants are causing the issue. pHin measures the water over 1,000 times per week and will notify you immediately if the water isn’t balanced, with a color-coded guide. A blue disc indicates your water is safe, balanced and ready to use.  An orange disc means your water is still safe to enter but needs some attention while a red disc appears when you should avoid the unsafe water.

Chemistry Support

Chemistry can be confusing, and hot tub owners need to pay close attention to their water to keep it safe. Understanding chemical dosing is a challenge. pHin uses built-in analytics to calculate dosing instructions, so users can simply follow the instructions in the app to balance their water.

With balanced water, hot tubs are great for relaxing, soothing sore muscles, and warming you up in cool weather.

Chlorine or Bromine? How to Choose the Right Sanitizer for Your Hot Tub

After you’ve bought your hot tub, how do you decide whether bromine or chlorine is right for you? Both chlorine and bromine are popular hot tub sanitizers, but they get the job done differently.

When making the choice between a bromine and a chlorine hot tub, consider factors that impact upkeep, such as maintenance, effectiveness, sun exposure, and more.

Maintenance

Maintaining a hot tub for safe soaking and relaxing can be a challenge. Chlorine hot tubs require more active maintenance and attention than bromine hot tubs since pH levels can rise quickly and bromine is less affected by these pH fluctuations. Chlorine hot tubs also can’t handle large swings as efficiently as bromine hot tubs, requiring s more attention to prevent water from turning cloudy or green.

Recommendation: If you want to spend less time maintaining your hot tub, bromine is your best bet.

Effectiveness and Efficiency

The environment of your hot tub might help decide which chemical system is right for you. While bromine is better at killing bacteria and viruses, chlorine is better at attacking algae.

Efficiency is also a factor – Chlorine acts faster than bromine, but dissipates quicker because it breaks down faster in high water temperatures. Once the chlorine is used, it needs to continue to be replaced with fresh chlorine. On the other hand, bromine tablets take longer to dissolve, but dormant bromine salt stays behind even after the active bromine has killed off unwanted organisms. The bromine can be easily reactivated into active bromine multiple times, which makes it last longer.

Recommendation: It’s a matter of personal preference, depending on what works best for your particular situation. It may be worth trying both options and seeing which best fits your needs and lifestyle.

Water Temperature

Hot tubs have different chemical demands than pools, and the temperature you want your hot tub can also be a deciding factor between chlorine and bromine. Chlorine functions best between about 65 and 99 degrees, and it quickly turns into vapor at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Bromine is less effective at temperatures below 75 degrees, but it thrives in hot water environments, especially over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Recommendation: Bromine is better suited than chlorine to handle the temperature of the hot tub and to combat the buildup of waste materials in hot water.

Cost

Many people choose chlorine because it’s less expensive —  at first. Although bromine can cost  20% or more than chlorine, it can give you more bang for your buck.  After it’s added, bromine can easily be reactivated after it has killed all the bacteria which means that, over time, you’ll use less bromine and spend less money.

Recommendation: This is a pretty even decision depending on whether you want to spend less up front, but purchase more often or whether you want to spend a little more up front and have the product last longer.

Sun

If your hot tub is in a sunny spot, you need to consider the effect of UV rays. Chlorine can be protected from the sun with the right amount of stabilizer. Bromine is broken down by the sun faster, which means you will need more to compensate for the UV breakdown. However, when bromine is broken down by the sun’s UV, it leaves behind dormant bromine salt (sodium bromide), which can be reactivated by additional bromine or non-chlorine shock to perform additional sanitization.

Recommendation: Chlorine will help combat algae development and has higher tolerance for the UV rays.

Personal Considerations

Chlorine has a very distinctive odor,  can be an irritant to sensitive eyes and skin, and can also be damaging to hair. Experts say that bromine protects the eyes and skin better, and emits less odor than chlorine.

Recommendation: Bromine is less harsh across the board but still provides quality sanitization.

What Do the Experts Say?

We asked our chemistry expert to give his pick between bromine and chlorine for hot tubs:

Bromine! It remains effective in a wider range of pH levels (7.0 – 8.4) than chlorine (7.4 – 7.8), and therefore, it can better protect your water from bacteria and viruses. Also, bromine in itself is a strong sanitizer. At a high pH level of 7.8, only about 25% of chlorine is active, but bromine remains efficient. And its byproducts, bromamines (a combined substance), produce their own sanitizing action, making bromine an even more powerful bacteria and virus killer. As an added benefit, that bromine already in your water can be reactivated using potassium monopersulfate after it has killed the bacteria. Reactivated bromine means less chemical use and bigger cost savings for you in the long run.”

How Do I Decide Whether Bromine vs Chlorine is Right?

If you want to try bromine instead of chlorine, or vice-versa, you’ll need to drain your hot tub and flush the lines, refill and enjoy. Make sure you keep the bromine and chlorine separate, including the containers, tablets, and granules. Chlorine and bromine combined will create negative chemical reactions that can be unhealthy and even dangerous.

Once you’ve got everything back online, test it for a week or two and decide if it works better for you and your hot tub. Regardless of your choice never underestimate how crucial it is to keep your hot tub clean, sanitized and healthy so that you can enjoy all the benefits.

If you need help monitoring and managing the chemicals for your bromine or chlorine hot tub, consider a smart monitor like pHin. With its built-in analytics, pHin  will take the guesswork out of f how much and how often to add chemicals by sending exact instructions to your smartphone.

Jumping from the Hot Tub to the Pool: Should You Do It?

It can be really tempting to jump into the pool to cool off after relaxing in the hot tub. But, is it safe?

Hopping from hot to cold water can offer health benefits. It’s called contrast bath therapy and is commonly used to treat muscle strains or pulls.

Why Use Contrast Bath Therapy?

Shocking your body by jumping from hot to cold water improves circulation. It can jump start your body and make you alert, whether at the start of the day or after a long day of work. Contrast bath therapy can also be beneficial before a workout, to help get your body going before a run or trip to the gym, which can decrease the likelihood for strains and other muscle related injuries. In addition to the physical benefits, contrast bath therapy can support mental health with stress relief.

Is Contrast Bath Therapy Right for You?

Before trying contrast bath therapy, you should consult with your doctor. It might not be right for you if you have cardiovascular or other underlying health issues. If you are coming off of a fresh new injury and you notice severe swelling, the injury might be serious and you should discuss the injury with a medical professional before you decide to treat it with contrast bath therapy at home.

To practice contrast bath therapy, your pool and hot tub water must be safe for swimming and soaking. If the water balance is off, pools and hot tub can become dangerous, and pose health risks. Hot tub owners also need keep an eye on the temperature of the water, so it’s not too hot for a soak. The pHin Smart Water Monitor will help you make sure your pool and hot tub are safe places for practicing contrast bath therapy. pHin floats in the water monitoring temperature, sanitizer, and pH 24/7 while providing real-time smartphone alerts when the water needs attention.

Make sure your water is safe before you start contrast bath therapy with the help of pHin!

New Pool? Tips for Getting Water Ready for Swimming

You wanted a pool, longing to jump into cool water after a hot day, splashing with your family on the weekends, or floating around with a cocktail after work. So, you researched. You planned and consulted. You purchased, you landscaped, and you waited.

Congratulations on your new pool! A pool full of new water isn’t safe to swim in right away. To get the most out of it (and protect your investment), you need to prepare it before welcoming swimmers. pHin team put together what you need to know to get your water safe and ready for swimming:

Assemble your tools.

Every pool owner should have a standard set of tools they use to test and treat their pool water. That includes:

  • A water test kit
  • Pool brushes and cleaning tools
  • Chemicals
    • Chlorine or salt, depending on your system
    • Baking soda
    • Muriatic acid: One of the chemicals used to lower pH and total alkalinity in pools. Follow the instructions on the label, and make sure it is compatible with your pool; some muriatic acid can’t be used in hot tubs or with fiberglass, vinyl, or painted pools.
    • Sequestering agent: Iron and copper can build up in your pool. Sequestering agents help prevent staining and scaling by suspending the metal particles in solution.

Test the pool water.

Take your first water measurements with test strips to get the pH, chlorine, and total alkalinity levels of the water. You can purchase a test kit at your local pool store, or online.

Safe water should have pH between 6.8 and 7.2, and total alkalinity between 70 and 80 ppm.

There is a range for an optimal pH, which should then be raised between 8 7.1 and 7.7 for chlorine pools and 7.0 and 7.5 for salt pools. Lower pH provides better sanitizing benefits. At the same time, this will raise the total alkalinity. For example, concrete pools should have total alkalinity between 80 and 120 ppm, where painted, vinyl, or fiberglass pools should be between 125 and 170 ppm.

Remember, whenever you’re adding chemicals to your pool, use extra caution to prevent them from touching your skin or eyes, by using gloves or goggles. Keep the chemicals secured and stored safely away from children and pets.

Grab your scrub brush.

To get the water balance right, you’ll need to keep your pool clean.

As a best practice, brush the pool often using a nylon brush. Particles, leaves, or dirt can get stuck in corners, steps, and other crevices, so make sure they get extra attention. You can also use a pool skimmer to catch leaves or bugs that accumulate on the surface overnight.

After the pool is balanced, you may want to add algaecide. Always check with your manufacturer to make sure it’s compatible with your pool, how much to add, and when it would be safe to swim.

Let the water settle.

Your pool water needs time to run through the system. Allow the pump to run for 1-2 days, and, as you add chemicals through the process, you may need to wait a few days in between to allow for stabilization.

You should also wait until the chemicals settle before using a heater or vacuum. If you don’t wait, it could interfere with the pool’s curing time, which can cause long-term damage. Some experts recommend letting your pool cure for 21 days, but it’s best to check with your manufacturer or local pool expert to determine the most suitable time-frame.

Set your pool care routine.

Once your pool is open and ready for swimming, you need to set a routine to keep it safe. Schedule weekly water test strips and chemical adjustments.

If you’re brand new to pools, testing, and chemicals, technology like the pHin Smart Water Monitor can remove the guesswork of water care. Instead of testing just once a week, pHin gives you a clear picture of your water quality in real-time. The device takes over 1,000 measurements a week (few pool owners can match that by hand!), and sends alerts, reminders, and chemical dose instructions in the app. See what users think of pHin.

Celebrating 5 Years! The History of pHin

Spring is a time to celebrate: flowers begin blooming, temperatures rise, and pools across the country are opening for the season. The pHin team has extra reason to celebrate – May is also pHin’s birthday! 

This year, we celebrate five years since pHin launched, and we took a look back through pHin’s milestones:

2014 – The Concept of pHin

Our co-founder Justin Miller cared for his pool, and wanted to make sure the water was safe for his family. He wanted to just have fun with his pool, but chemicals and testing were a stressor and a burden. He started building pHin to take the guesswork out of pool water care, so he could spend more time enjoying his pool, knowing the water is safe.

He incorporated Pool Tech Systems Inc and started building pHin.

May 2015pHin’s First Pre-Order

The first pHin model was available for pre-order in May 2015.

Its groundbreaking technology was instantly recognized with an IMPACT Award, IoT Evolution Award, PSP Expo Award, IDTechEx Award, and more. 

June 2015 – pHin Press Launch

pHin was announced to the world in June 2015, with press coverage in TechCrunch, This Oblong Device Will Tell You If Your Pool Is Ready for Swimming, who said: “All you have to do is plop pHin into the water and add a few water-soluble packets that come with the device, according to your pools needs.”

Spring 2017 – pHin Available in Stores

pHin started shipping and was made commercially available.

April 2018 – pHin Acquired by Hayward Industries

The popularity of pHin caught the eye of Hayward Industries, and the company acquired Connected Yard, the makers of pHin. Joining forces with the leading global manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial pool equipment.

May 2019 – pHin Available on Amazon

Demand for pHin grew as pool, swim spa, and hot tub owners around the country sought the device to simplify their water care routine. pHin was made available for online ordering on Amazon.

April 2020 – pHin Next-Generation Upgrade

New features and enhancements were released to improve the pHin experience, including a refreshed app and an expanded list of supported chemicals.

How long have you been using pHin? We’d love to hear from our users, whether you’re new or have been with us from the beginning. Enjoy the swim season ahead!

Kill Power: A Smarter Way to Measure Pool & Hot Tub Water Chemistry

Most pool and hot tub owners set a weekly schedule to measure and balance their water, requiring test strips, tables, interpretation, and calculation before chemical dosage. But the pHin team developed a smarter way to measure, they call it “Kill Power.”

Rather than measuring the specific levels or parts per million (PPM) of the sanitizer that is in the water, a Kill Power rating is an analysis that focuses on ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) that shows how effectively the sanitizer is doing its job, for chlorine, bromine and saltwater sanitizers.

Proper ORP levels are important for understanding the effectiveness of your chemicals. OPR sensors within the pool and hot tub water will have a voltage created between them from the electrons in the water, measuring the ORP reading. If the chemicals aren’t bonding properly, sanitizers become less effective. When ORP is low, the chlorine has a hard time keeping up with the bather load and additional adjustments are needed to get the pool balanced.

When ORP is high, the water’s cyanuric acid levels are also high which is the number one factor that can prevent sanitizer from working effectively. Factoring ORP levels in overall pool and hot tub water readings allows for a detailed analysis of the cleanliness of the water and its ability to break down contaminants.

How pHin measures “Kill Power”

pHin constantly measures the pH, sanitizer, and temperature of pool, hot tub, and swim spa water. Kill Power is measured electronically through the pHin monitor’s sensors, and is used as a factor when calculating chemical dosage recommendations that users see in the app.

When taking measurements, pHin analyzes the ORP level of the water to make sure the sanitizer is doing its job to keep your pool safe. pHin has built-in algorithms that analyze the water samples over time. With this data, pHin simplifies the chemical dosing process for pool and hot tub owners by providing easy to understand chemical instructions for balancing the water.

pHin factors your pool or hot tub’s Kill Power/ORP level into all measurements and makes it easy to read with a color-coded system, so you can always know whether your pool or hot tub is safe. 

For accurate pool and hot tub water readings, check out pHin on Amazon.

4 Reasons to Love Smart Water Care with pHin

The pHin Smart Monitor makes pool, hot tub, and swim spa water care easy.

pHin puts the power of technology, internet connectivity, and built-in analysis into the palm of your hands with the smartphone app and real-time alerts. Our pHin pool and hot tub owners have shared their success stories; here’s why they love pHin:

1.       Peace of Mind

Pools, swim spas, and hot tubs are a place for fun and relaxation. But the dangers of green water, hot tub rash, and bacteria build-up can make water care stressful. pHin takes the guesswork out of water care by simplifying the routine for bromine, chlorine, or saltwater hot tubs and pools with instant alerts and dosing instructions. With pHin floating, families can have peace of mind knowing whether their water is safe for swimming anytime.

2.       Instant alerts

pHin sends real-time information and notifications about your water balance through the app. When you’re heading home from work and want to jump in the hot tub, you can quickly check whether you need any chemicals, and what the temperature is.

3.       A chemist at your fingertips

New pool owner Aaron Richardson tried pHin when his pool needed daily scrubbing to keep from turning green. “I can read tables and do math, but the traditional pool care process is overcomplicated.” He bought pHin for help with chemical dosing, and right away the monitor changed his pool care routine: “When we started with pHin, it told us everything we needed to do, including shocking.” pHin calculates how much of each chemical to add to balance the water with no guesswork. Read more about Aaron’s experience with pHin here.

4.       Water data and “Kill Power”

pHin tests water chemistry differently. Instead of telling you how much chlorine is in the water, for example, it gives a “Kill Power” rating — an analysis of how the chemicals are working against bacteria. With the pHin Monitoring Subscription, you can also track your pool or hot tub over time, with water history charts and shareable data for in-person help from experts.

Have your own water care success story with pHin? Share with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Spring is Here, Plan At-Home Pool and Hot Tub Fun

After a long winter, spring is finally here! Whether your hot tub is already open or you’re starting to plan your pool opening, here are some ways to get ahead on fun and relaxation this season from the pHin team:

Choose your Opening Date

Pick a date to open your pool or hot tub and start a fun countdown. Memorial Day weekend is popular for those in the North, but pool owners who already have warm weather may be enjoying their water already.

Make sure you have all the necessary tools to make for a smooth opening. Have a spot to store your pool cover and let it dry completely before folding it to avoid mold from forming. The water level may be low, so use a garden hose to fill it back up to a normal level. Once your water level is adjusted, you need to make sure that the water is safe and ready for swimming. If you need help adjusting the chemicals, see how pHin can help in our three-step guide.

Add Fun with Floaties

Stock up on some new pool floats! You can play games like pool noodle races or use floats that have built-in cupholders for extra relaxation to take lounging to the next level. It’s also time to resurrect and clean any pool toys you have like dive sticks and beach balls – and don’t forget to brush off your outdoor chairs, umbrellas, and lounges.

Plan Water Games

Marco Polo is a classic but it may be time to find some new favorites this year.  Why not Bet on candy or household chores using an inflatable poker table with your family, or challenge them to aqua golf? Good Housekeeping shares a list of summer pool games for inspiration!

Let the Music Play

No poolside or hot tub lounge is complete without a great playlist. Come up with some options for whatever mood you may be in that day! Relaxing in the hot tub after a long day? Throwing a poolside party? The pHin team also has a few go-to playlists you can check out now.

To get the maximum fun, relaxation, and de-stressing that you need from your pool or hot tub, make sure the water’s safe. Chemistry can be confusing, but pHin is here to remove the guesswork. pHin floats in the water and constantly measures the water’s balance. If it goes out of balance pHin sends an alert straight to your smartphone for easy maintenance.

Hot Tub Questions? We Have The Answers

A hot tub is a place to relax and de-stress, have fun, or enjoy with family and friends. But the heat of the water can make it tricky to maintain crystal clear water and a safe chemical balance.

The pHin experts are here to help! We’ve answered 7 common questions about hot tub care:

Q: How often should I clean the filters in my hot tub?

A: In general, hot tub filters should be rinsed with fresh water every other week. You can use a garden hose to clean off debris in the filter, but for best results it will need a deep clean every three to four months. To do so, remove the filter and soak it in a specialized chemical solution.

Tip: Keep a spare filter on-hand so you can continue enjoying your hot tub while your filter is soaking. It’ll help your filter last longer, and you’ll never be without a clean one.

Q: How often should I drain my hot tub?

A: As a rule of thumb, hot tubs should be drained every three to four months. But this might vary depending on how often you use your tub, and whether you use a bromine or chlorine system. Draining and refilling your hot tub is necessary for proper sanitation, and to prevent chemical build-up.

Q: Why is my water cloudy or green?

A: A number of factors can turn water cloudy or green, such as algae, unbalanced chemicals, bacteria, or even problems with the filtration system. Don’t go in the tub if the water if it looks off – always check the water balance before you use your hot tub or swim spa to make sure it’s safe (pHin can help with that).

If it’s green or cloudy, start by double checking that the filter is clear of dust and dirt – some products can trap debris and cause cloudy water. If there’s bacteria growing in the water, refer to your chemical instructions to add another dose of shock or chlorine to balance the water.

Tip: If you’re not sure what chemicals to add, pHin can help you with the right amount whether you have a bromine or chlorine tub. It would also alert you ahead of time if your water balance is off.

Q: Can I use pool chemicals in my hot tub?

A: Water balance is delicate, and chemicals should be calculated based on the type of system you’re using, and the vessel size. Always use the correct type of chemicals for your hot tub — pool chemicals are a lot stronger and more concentrated, and a chemical overdose could throw your pH balance off and cause damage. Using the correct chemicals will keep your hot tub in top shape for years to come.

Q: Should I use bromine or chlorine as a sanitizer?

A: The chemical system comes down to personal preference. Bromine is a gentler chemical, while chlorine is a more effective sanitizer. Each have pros and cons – read pHin’s guide to choosing your hot tub chemical system and refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Q: Can I get a rash from my hot tub?

A: Yes, you could get a rash from your hot tub, but only if the water isn’t properly sanitized. With the right water care routine, a hot tub or swim spa should be safe from “hot tub rash,” or pseudomonas folliculitis (read more about it in this fact sheet from the CDC). To ensure safe water, always check the levels of the chemicals in your hot tub before swimming, and make sure you rinse off after getting out of the water.

Q: Why doesn’t my hot tub get hot?

A: Nobody wants to dip their toe in a cold hot tub – yikes! If the water just won’t warm up, there could be an issue with the filter. When it’s clogged and water can’t flow through the filter, the heater shuts off. For a quick fix, try popping out the filter and giving it a quick rinse and soak in a cleaning solution. If that doesn’t do the trick, you might need to replace the filter. A professional can also help to give your hot tub or spa a full check-up.

If you’re having trouble setting up your hot tub care routine, technology can help. pHin is a smart monitor that constantly monitors the pH, sanitizer, and temperature. You can check the water status on the app to make sure it’s safe for a soak or relaxation. And, if the water gets out of balance, pHin sends an alert straight to your smart phone with chemical dosing instructions.

Do you have more questions about hot tub care? Ask the pHin team on Twitter or Facebook!

5 Benefits of Hot Tub Therapy

When it comes to enjoying your hot tub − there are no rules. The warm water is a great place to de-stress and relax, and having your own hot tub can unlock more fun and wellness.

The pHin experts share 5 benefits to taking a dip in your hot tub:

1. Reduced Stress

A study from Healthline showed that warm water can help reduce the hormones related to stress. When you’re soaking in a hot tub, leave your phone behind and focus on the warm water and massaging jets. The hot tub can be a place to escape – try putting on a relaxing playlist and unplugging in the evening or on the weekend. 

2. Muscle Relief

If you have sore muscles from a new workout, or just the daily grind, the hot tub can be your own physical therapist. The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight, relieving the pressure on your muscles. Sitting in front of the jets can stimulate your skin and muscle tissue, massaging away knots and aches. Not to mention, sitting in a hot tub increases the circulation of blood flow, helping to fuel your muscle tissue, all bringing you greater comfort and pain relief.

3. Lessened Joint Pain

Soaking in a hot tub has been known to help those with arthritis – The Arthritis Foundation reports that patients with arthritis who participated in warm water exercise programs two or three times a week had as much as 40 percent less pain. The natural buoyancy keeps pressure off your joints, and the warmth of the tub can be a great way to increase flexibility which has been known to relieve the symptoms of joint pain.

4. A Solution to Insomnia

If you have trouble falling asleep, a hot tub can help combat insomnia. Taking a dip in the evening before bed can put you into a state of relaxation and help to put both your mind and body at ease. A study from New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center notes that when you soak in a hot tub your temperature rises, and once you exit the water your core body temperature drops, signaling to your body that it’s time to sleep.

5. Improved Heart Health

According to a study from Harvard Health Publishing, relaxing in a hot tub increases your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. A quick soak can be beneficial in improving overall health muscle efficiency – the heat helps to widen blood vessels, helping to send nutrient-rich blood throughout your body.  Always consult your doctor about what’s best for your health. If the hot tub isn’t right for you, maybe a swimming pool would be the right option.

To take advantage of the benefits of having your own how tub, you have to know that your water is safe and balanced. Technology can help you get the measurements and chemicals right, and check the water temperature to make sure it’s ready to go before you hop in. pHin is the smart water monitor that simplifies hot tub care – it constantly monitors your water and sends alerts about the temperature, water balance, and chemical instructions. Learn more at phin.co.

How to Make Pool Time the First Step to #SelfCare

#Selfcare has been trending lately as we focus on improving our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. The self-care revolution is a positive force, but it can be challenging to make these changes in our day-to-day lives.

Pool, hot tub, and spa owners have a leg-up on setting a wellness routine with hydrotherapy, swimming, and time outdoors. The pHin team put together a few ways to get started:

1. Shut off the notifications and pick up a book

Alone time can be the start of self-care – and spending time by the pool or hot tub with a good book or relaxing music is a great way to escape the daily hustle. Set aside time each week to leave your phone behind and pick up a good read – especially if you don’t have a waterproof phone! Set a playlist for 30-minutes to an hour and leave your phone out of reach.

2. Connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors

An article from Mental Floss points out that spending time outside can improve memory, fight depression, and lower blood pressure. Breathing in fresh air and listening to the sounds of nature can help relieve stress and improve your focus. Head out to the pool for extra sun and some Vitamin D when winter is over – invite friends for a swim, hang out on a floatie, or enjoy the jets in your swim spa.

3. Hydrotherapy and exercise

Exercise is a major part of physical and mental well-being – Medline Plus notes that regular physical activity can improve your mood, increase your chances of living longer, and help control your weight. Pools and spas are a great place to exercise, providing resistance and buoyancy that is effective without being high-impact. Squats, shoulder rolls, water aerobics, and more can be the start to your physical fitness in the pool; a hot tub can also be a great place to unwind after a difficult workout.

4. Family wellness

A self-care routine can also be shared with the entire family. Spending time together in the pool relaxing, playing games, or working out can help you connect, have fun, and achieve better wellness together.

Tip: Use technology for peace-of-mind that your water is safe for self-care time

To maximize the benefits of self-care from your pool or hot tub, technology can help provide peace of mind that your water is always safe for swimming. With pHin, you can check the water temperature before you dive in using the app, and it’ll also tell you ahead of time if your water is out of balance or needs chemical adjustments. Knowing your water is balanced can help make whatever pool or hot tub routine you choose even simpler.

How are you using your pool, spa, or hot tub to achieve your #selfcare goals? Sound off to the pHin team! On Twitter or Facebook.