When it comes to owning a hot tub, one of the main responsibilities that you will face is that of water maintenance. Keeping the water clean and clear is vital for both you experience, and more importantly, your health and well-being. One product that can significantly help you to achieve this is a hot tub ozonator (a.k.a ozone). In this blog post, we’ll explore what hot tub ozones are, how they work, and provide maintenance tips to ensure your hot tub water remains crystal clear.
What is a Hot Tub Ozone?
A hot tub ozonator is a device that can purify and sanitise the water in your hot tub. Ozone (O3) is a natural, highly effective oxidiser, and has been used to disinfect water. Hot tub ozonators generate ozone gas, which can eliminate harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and algae. Unlike traditional chlorine or bromine sanitisers, ozone leaves no residues or by-products in the water, so is an excellent addition if you are looking to reduce the amount of chemicals within your hot tub.
How Do Hot Tub Ozonators Work?
There are two main types of ozoneators available on the market; UV-C ozonators or Corona discharge ozonators.
UV-C ozonators use ultraviolet light to break down oxygen molecules (O2) in the air, converting them into ozone (O3). The ozone is injected into the hot tub water via a mixing chamber or injector. Once in the water, ozone rapidly oxidises and destroys contaminants, rendering them harmless.
Corona discharge ozonators on the other hand create ozone by passing an electrical discharge through oxygen molecules. As a result, ozone is directed into the hot tub water through a dedicated ozone injector or venturi. Like UV-C ozonators, corona discharge ozonators neutralise impurities in the water.
Ozonator Maintenance Tips
Regularly Check the Ozonator
As you would with any electronics, inspect your ozone regularly for any visible damage, loose wires, or malfunctioning components. If you notice any issues, consult the manufacturer’s guidelines or contact a member of our team to arrange an engineer’s visit. Similarly, regularly monitor your ozones output to ensure it is still working effectively and consistently. This is particularly important for UV-C bulbs, which may need replacement after a certain number of hours of use, so keep an eye on their lifespan.
Keep the Ozone Generator Clean
Dust and debris can accumulate on the ozone generator’s components over time. Clean them regularly, and as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Maintain Proper Water Chemistry
Ozone works best in conjunction with a minimal amount of chlorine or bromine. As a result, maintain the recommended water chemistry levels in your hot tub. Regularly test and adjust pH, alkalinity, and sanitiser levels as needed, and implement a routine water maintenance schedule.
Clean the Hot Tub Filter
A clean and properly functioning filter aids in the removal of particles and contaminants. Clean your filters weekly and replace them as and when required.
Overall, Hot tub ozonators play a vital role in keeping your hot tub water clean and clear, providing a more enjoyable and healthy soaking experience. View our range of ozonators here, or for more information, contact our team.