Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Top 5 Things You Should Not Do to Your Hot Tub

Energy House encourages our customers to get into their hot tub and relax and believe owning a HotSpring® Spa makes Every Day Made Better™. To keep enjoying your hot tub our service technicians recommend following these guidelines for what not to do to your hot tub. Regular maintenance of your hot tub could save our customers a call to our service department and costly repairs. Just like most valuables, you can extend the life of what you own if you take good care of it. For example, you would not leave your car sitting in the garage for months at a time without driving it, change the oil at the recommended mileage mark, and clean your car inside and out when it gets dirty. All of these things combined help down the road to having a better-looking vehicle that runs smoothly years later. A hot tub is a machine like your car that needs minimal maintenance to keep running smoothly.

  1.       Do not skip out on routine water care: It is very important for your safety to maintain sanitary water of your hot tub. When it comes to water care, test the water weekly with a test strip and add spa water care based on your results. Another time to test the water is just before you get in to make sure the water is balancing out and ready to get in. If you smell an odor, see a green color, or suds in the hot tub, it is time to drain and refill, as the water is no longer sanitary.
  2.     Do not forget to clean your filters: After talking with our service manager about the calls and scheduled backyard visits, he said about 70% of the time the issue is caused by dirty filters. The good news is that if customers clean their filters, they can prevent a technician from coming out to their hot tub. We sell two different types of filter cleaner one that is a spray and the other is a deep conditioning filter cleaner, either product works wonders. The filters should be cleaned every 2-4 months and replaced every 2-21/2 years. Also, another trick is to rotate the filters, meaning one filter runs the water with the circulation pump and the other filters with the jets. It is important to give this main filter a break by moving another filter in its place. The filter that runs the circ. pump will have a gray cap, so it is easy to identify. 
  3.        Do not forget to care for your hot tub cover: Wipe the spa cover clean, we offer a cover spray that is formulated to keep your cover clean. Leave your cover open for an hour or so right after putting chemicals into the hot tub. Don’t let the cover get too heavy, this is especially important for those in areas where there is snow during the winter, such as: Shaver Lake, Squaw Valley, Oakhurst, and Bass Lake.  Pro tip: allow your cover to fully dry out once a month, this will help extend the life of your cover.
  4.        Do not quit maintaining your hot tub: Do not forget to maintain weekly water care, clean your hot tub cover periodically, clean your filters every 2-4 months, and drain and refill hot tub based on use. If you can maintain a schedule for making sure that these steps are not completely forgotten in the mix of life, then you will have a well-functioning easy to use hot tub in your backyard. For our customer who use the salt sanitizing system, the hot tubs control panel will alert you when the salt in the water is getting low and needs to be replaced. Do not leave your hot tub full of water and not care for the water by testing and adding water care products. Do not turn the power off and leave the spa full of water, this can lead to freezing of the pipes, especially during winter months in places that snow. A frozen hot tub is a costly mistake. Change the silver ion cartridge every 4 months. Drain and refill as needed. This is based on usage; how many people are getting in the hot tub at one time and how often the hot tub is being used. A good indicator of when it is time to drain and refill is when the PH balances are getting off the scale more than your usual weekly maintenance seen on the test strip. 
  5.        Do not use your hot tub as a bath: Another way to keep your hot tub water clean and ready for a soak is to not use your hot tub as a bath. If you had a long day or just went to the gym, your hot tub is not the first place that you should go. A quick rinse in the shower will be sufficient for you to be ready to hop in and relax. Same goes for wearing lots makeup and hair products, if you know there might be a chance of getting your face and hair in the water, leave the makeup and hair spray off or wear waterproof makeup. Same goes for lotions, sunscreen, sweat, dirt, etc. Your hot tub filters will thank you. Also, laundry detergents with lots of soap can easily create bubbles or foam in your hot tub. Rinsing your swimsuit with water after use will keep them clean and your hot tub foam free.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Light Up Your World

Add a little magic to your backyard with string lights that brings the "wow" factor. Having lights surround your hot tub also adds to the romance. As soaking in a hot tub is a sensory experience, with the hot tub mood lighting, Bluetooth music sound system built into your hot tub (select models only), the warm feeling of the water, and smell of the spa with our spa scents that come in many different varieties. The only sensory missing is taste, as we don't recommend drinking the hot tub water, might we suggest a small table on the side of the hot tub for after you get out to enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries in your bath robes. Strawberries are in season after all, one of the great benefits of the Central Valley's summer heat. 

Here is a picture of the Spazazz spa scents, there are other scents not pictured that might meet your fancy. Give us a call for the other scents and we can have a bottle ready for pickup along with your other water care items. 

It is important to know how to hang up your string lights even if you do not have a deck or covered patio. I'm sure there are more expensive ideas out there, however I like the idea of adding a wooden post into a cement bucket in order to have a place for your lights to string to. For those with a beautiful deck, take advantage with an even easier way to get those string lights up, by using what you have. There are also many different types of string lights out there to use, here is a list of the top 8 string lights in 2020.  This is one of those honey-do's that your honey will not mind doing. Simple, easy and transforms your backyard into a romantic staycation or fun social environment to make future entertaining more enjoyable. Tell us about your at home string light project and if the outcome was everything you were hoping.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Moms of Energy House

This Mother’s Day is obviously going to be a bit different than past Mother’s Days. The family gathering may not be as large and the traditions may be altered, however let us be sure to thank our moms for their hard work, as raising children is not easy. Sunday is just around the corner, do you have Mother’s Day plans in place for mom? The mom’s of Energy House explain what makes them happy to be a Mother and what they are doing for Mother’s Day.

Our Office Manager, Olivia Hinkle, has two sons Eric 43 years old and Steve 40 years old. Olivia said, “Steve was born the day after Mother’s Day and some years it falls onto the same day.” We then joked about how sharing his wife’s Mother’s Day with his birthday could be a lot going on in one day and how maybe splitting the day up could be a solution. When asked about her favorite part about being a Mom, Olivia said, “Watching them grow up and see how they both became great husbands and fathers.” This was also a similar response for the Father’s Day post created last year. All around we love to see what amazing adults the children become.

A fond family tradition of hers was to make sure that they gathered around the dinner table no interruptions, just good conversation asking about how their day went. The plans for Olivia’s family this Mother’s Day weekend will be different due to the pandemic, as they will be seeing their kids and grandchildren in the front yard looking out the window or by video chat. Normally, the family would celebrate with her Daughter-In-Law together in their home with the grandchildren there, except for Steve and his four children who live in Missouri.

Our Salesperson, Sandy Reed, has a daughter Lisa 45 years old and son Sean 50 years old. Sandy’s favorite part about being a mom is, “being together as a family and being able to at the same time be involved in our own things. For example, just the other day her son and daughter were playing guitar, completely different songs and sounds, and her granddaughter was making something with her sewing machine, all while I was cooking in the kitchen. They asked why I was so quiet and really, I just loved having them around and didn’t mind the different noises one bit, it felt like old times when they were just kids.

For Mother’s Day plans Sandy and her kids normally would go out to brunch and then go to the Japanese Tea Garden and then feed the ducks. This year, we are staying home cooking corn beef and we are going to plant flowers and maybe watch a movie. As Sandy lives with her daughter and granddaughter and still spends time with her son, she is still able to enjoy her family even during the highs and lows of this pandemic.

Our Marketing Coordinator and Office Assistant, Jacque Rejcek, has one son Grayson who is almost 2 and another little one on the way. When asked about her favorite part of being a mom she said, “The time spent with Grayson and just seeing how much he has grown really has felt accelerated. The best part is hearing those baby giggles and just how quickly he is catching on to everything that we do. His latest hobby has been putting his little chair into the kitchen and being able to watch us clean and cook. Simple chores seem exciting to him, at least for now. A happy memory with our family is of us sitting around the dinner table and playing Queen we will rock you, while banging on the table and clapping our hands to the beat and singing along.

For plans for Mother’s Day, “I’m not sure what we will be doing, most likely my husband will cook breakfast and we will go on a walk around our neighborhood.” As a pregnant mom with one busy toddler, I recommend for any family’s with younger children, a day to spend time with family and squeeze in some her time to relax maybe even take a nap.

No matter how grown up your kids are, give mom some extra love this holiday. These are stressful and testing times for many parents, especially for those whose kids are at home and mom has taken on the role of parent and teacher. Also, many moms are provider or are unable to work currently. Let us help our family, friends, and neighbors in any way we can. Remember to shop local to help small businesses stay afloat during these times, keep our local economy flowing. Have a Happy Mother’s Day Energy House customers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Top 5 Plants That Keep Bugs Away from Your Hot Tub

Relax Without Any Pesky Disturbances

Spring is in full swing; plants are blooming, and bugs are buzzing. All this insect activity brings about the most invasive bug when it comes to relaxing in your own backyard, the mosquito. No one likes walking around their yard just to find they had been bit all around their legs and ankles; then feeling the urge to scratch the red bumps that begin to form in small circumferences. If this is not your idea of a good time, you’re in luck, as there are a few things that you can do to keep the bugs out of your backyard.
  The scented candles have not seemed to make much of a difference. However, my mosquito repellent oil egg has helped when standing nearby. If you have a gazebo or patio covering your hot tub, it would be easy to hang these above. Just fill them up with the oils it comes with and you are all set.
  As you may already know, don’t leave any standing water in your backyard. Water that pools around plants, sitting still from a bird bath, water dog bowl, etc. You don’t want to create a breeding ground for mosquitos.
 Having a fan on your patio is a good addition as mosquito's tend to stay away from the air moving about so fast. Blow the blood suckers away.
  Insect repellent applied to your skin, here’s a list that had a few promising one’s that are more natural than Deet.
 Arrange in-ground and or potted plants to surround your hot tub. Having plants that surround your patio and hot tub also help in fending off mosquito's and make your backyard look green and beautiful.
As we are spending more time at home it is easy to look at your backyard and become inspired. There are smaller sized plants that offer benefits of repelling insects and are great for putting in your garden. For the purpose of surrounding your hot tub oasis with plants that repel bugs, this list is focused on plants that grow a little larger to create fullness and some even add color.
 1.) Citronella- This plant grows to be large, even potted and as a bonus citronella blooms pink flowers.    

      2.) Rosemary- are great for keeping mosquitoes as well as cabbage moths and carrot flies away

 3.) Petunias- Require little maintenance, grow large flowers in many different color and wards off tomato hornworms, aphids, leafhoppers, squash bugs, and asparagus beetles.       

 4.) Geraniums- in particular Pelargonium citrosum is the type of geranium that is known to repel mosquitos.  They like sunny days and grow quickly. 

5.) Lavender- Mosquitos and flies are not a fan of lavender and they give off such a nice smell, who wouldn’t want to plant a few in the backyard?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Relax

Staying home has changed our daily routines, but one thing remains the same, hot tub owners enjoying their hot tub. Every Day Made Better® is the mantra for HotSpring Spas for a reason. More quality time spent with family is made easier as children are continuing education online and parents are working from home.  The time spent in a hot tub without social media or our phones has brought about interesting conversations and better interactions with each other. Every day is a day to connect with your loved ones and now more than ever let's use this time to connect with your family.  

On the flip side of spending time together is taking a moment to hot tub alone. To be in your backyard surrounded by greenery, to let your mind float and relax. This is the ultimate “me” time as everyone else in your family are busy doing their thing. As you sit there in your hot tub it becomes easy to melt away the stress of all the anxiety from the news, social media or any other worries. For those who live on their own, add soaking in your hot tub as a daily part of your life. These are challenging times and a mood boost for any one of us is a huge positive. Be sure to take advantage of the endorphins released in our body from soaking in hot water. 

There are many health benefits to soaking in a hot tub, including reduced stress and pain, better circulation through your body, increased flexibility and even improved sleep. More research and studies show that soaking in hot water benefit our health. I might also add that while taking a bath is nice, it is sure way more convenient to not have to fill a tub up each time and save water by soaking in a hot tub. Simply slide into your hot tub that is already full of warm water, ready when you need it to relax and enjoy. 

Spending time exercising is also important for our health and wellness. There are endless exercise programs out there to make working out from home a cinch and can be done with little to no equipment. Take yoga for example; its a mind body experience that keeps your body moving and limber. Flexibility is important to prevent injuries for athletes all the way to maintaining strength and movement as we enter our senior years. Yoga along with hot tubbing help to increase flexibility and spending time in a hot tub even helps ease the pain for those who have arthritis

With your HotSpring Spa Every Day Made Better®

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

It's The Most Wonderful...Busy Time of Year

It's that time of year again; we are experiencing cooler weather and even a little rain. After mid to upper-seventies in the middle of November, we were beginning to wonder when we would be able to turn on our fireplace.

After that oddly warm November we can finally say stove season at the Energy House is in full swing. Our team is extremely busy this time of year, especially with the added bonus of the Valley Air Rebate program. If you haven't heard, the Valley Air Rebate incentive to burn cleaner has gone up to $2,500 towards gas stove purchase and $500 towards the cost of install. The goal is to have cleaner air in the valley and applies to those who qualify. If you have an old wood burning fireplace now is the time to call us and get your clean burning gas insert before the rebate ends. We do not know how long the rebate will last, so if I were you I wouldn't miss this opportunity to save thousands. Here is a before and after photo of a Ravenna IPI gas insert from one of our customers in Fresno. Amazing what a different a new gas insert can make.

Our service department has been busy as well with stove tune ups, repairs and service related questions. Of those questions one heard a few times in one day was regarding the remote to the customer's gas insert. Hopefully the videos on our website can help you with your remote inquiries. If not, of course please call our service department (559) 432-1500.

Energy House wishes our customers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday with your family and loved ones!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Location, Location, Location...of Your Hot Tub

The location of your hot tub is important for many different reasons, including access from your house to your spa, delivery access, structural support, access for repairs, drainage and waterproofing and privacy. Your hot tub is going to be wherever you place it for a long time and I’m sure you plan on using your spa often.

1. Access from your house to your spa- the convenience and ease of access to your hot tub should be considered when making plans. Having the spa too far away could become an inconvenience, especially in the winter months. We recommend placing the spa closer to your backyard entrance of the house, somewhere on your deck or patio. For those with doors leading out from the master bedroom, setting your spa near here could make for a romantic getaway. Before modifying anything in your backyard, take the time to sit out there and picture how you would like your space to function.

2. Delivery access- once you have designated a location for your hot tub, it is time to think of how your hot tub will be transported into your yard. Map out a path to your designated spa location with enough room for the hot tub to be moved on its side. Refer to your spa models pre-delivery handbook for the exact dimensions of your spa. This path needs to have the same amount of clearance throughout and in some cases partial fence removal or even crane delivery is required depending on the situation. Our experienced delivery crew has been doing spa deliveries for a long time and are efficient at getting your hot tub exactly where you want it.

3. Structural support- for long-term placement of your spa, a 4-inch concrete pad provides a solid foundation. Other options include brick, pre-cast stepping-stones, pea gravel or crushed rock, or railroad ties. The main thing to keep in mind is that the foundation needs to be level and able to support the weight of your spa filled with water and people. This is especially important for those placing the hot tub on a deck.  

3. Access for repairs- for any maintenance or repairs make sure to leave room for the spa equipment access panel and for the panel door to open fully. It is crucial that the technician can get to this without having obstacles in the way.

4. Drainage and waterproofing- Your spa will need to be drained a few times per year, only once a year if using Freshwater Salt System. There will be lots of moisture between draining your spa and the water that spills over from getting in and out. That is why when a hot tub is placed on a deck it is advisable to use an oil-based sealant to retain the deck’s integrity.

5. Privacy- this might be a situation where you have neighbors that are two-stories and yours is a single or perhaps there is an area in your backyard more covered with trees and shrubbery. Whatever the case may be, choose a place where you and your family will enjoy for years to come. An umbrella (for sell in our store) could be used to cover your spa and make it more secluded. Also, a gazebo is a nice touch for added shade and privacy.