Chlorine works great for many people; however, there are some that are allergic, get skin irritation, burning eyes, and some that simply don’t like the smell. Luckily there are other options that will completely eliminate or greatly reduce your chlorine use. These alternatives are:
- Bromine: This is very similar to chlorine. It works great for those who are allergic to chlorine and those who are in warm climates. It is not great at oxidizing so it is usually paired with chlorine.
- PHMB (polyhexamethylene biguanide): Great if you want to eliminate chlorine completely. This will not oxidize your water so you will need to use hydrogen peroxide and a separate algaecide as well in order to make sure you water remains clear.
- Ozone: There are two types of ozonators ultraviolet light and corona discharge. In the UV light system, special lamps are installed on the water return lines that kill all the impurities in the water before returning to the pool. Corona discharge uses an electrical arc to create ozone inside the generator to kill the pathogens inside the filtration system itself. These systems work best when paired with small amounts of chlorine.
- Natural mineral sanitizers: These sanitizers are devices that provide a steady stream of metallic ions to the water in your pool. These ions then react with algae and bacteria in the water stopping them in their tracks. These sanitizers won’t completely eliminate your chlorine use but it will definitely reduce it.
If you are interested in trying ozone you can view our ozonators here.
With another heat wave right around the corner, I thought I would share some tips to keep your house cool while keeping costs low.
- Be sure to place your furniture in a spot that won’t restrict airflow. For example, you don’t want the cool air blowing into the back of your couch.
- Use a fan to keep the air moving. A room that is a couple of degrees warmer but has circulating air will be more comfortable than a room that doesn’t have circulating air.
- Use a programmable thermostat so when you aren’t home the air conditioner will run at a warmer temperature and it won’t have to work as hard during the hottest time of the day. Set it at a cooler temperature when you're home so you can enjoy the cool air.
- Find simple solutions to heat proof your house such as drawing the shades when the sun starts coming in or apply a heat-reflecting film to cut down the heat that passes through windows.
- Make sure your air conditioner is working properly, is the right size for your home, and, if necessary, replace it with a newer model that uses less energy.
Stay cool this summer!
What is a Hot Tub Ozonator?
Ozone is a strong natural oxidizer which breaks down chemicals and bodily fluids, including:
- hair spray
- body lotion
- hand cream
- suntan lotion
- saliva and urine
When used in conjunction with your regular sanitizer, ozone helps kill pathogenic bacteria, germs, and viruses, as well as oxidizing organic contaminants. This leads to dramatically better water quality than you would have with just chlorine or bromine alone.
How it Works in Hot Tubs
Hot tub ozonators produce ozone by splitting oxygen molecules apart into two free oxygen atoms through the use of intense UV light, or by corona discharge (CD) within the ozonator unit. When the freed oxygen atoms collide with an oxygen molecule, they merge and form ozone which effectively works to breakdown contaminants in water. This results in clearer, cleaner water.
Ozonators Save Money
Ozone frees up combined chlorine and bromine, allowing them to be continuously reused. Ozone ultimately enhances the effectiveness of bromine and chlorine as well as many natural alternative sanitizers.
Because of this, you generally need to add less sanitizing chemicals to your water, saving you time and money.
The amount of ozone produced by a hot tub ozonator is insignificant to the normal atmosphere we live in. When dissolved in water, ozone is extremely safe. Excessive ozone quickly coverts back to oxygen.
Pros & Cons of Ozone
Ozone not only destroys microorganisms, but also breaks down harmful chemicals, and causes total dissolved solids to clump together for easier removal by your filter cartridge. The result is not just cleaner & clearer water, but also water which feels smoother to the skin.
It is important to note that although ozone is very effective and safe for your hot tub equipment, it can reduce the life of the hot tub cover underside vinyl.
The use of a floating blanket provides an extremely effective barrier to protect your cover, while also providing significant energy savings!
Deciding Between CD or UV
As mentioned above, there are two different types of ozonators available for hot tub use: CD (corona discharge) and UV ozonators. UV ozonators are waning in popularity due to their higher energy usage, especially with new CD technology raising new standards for longer life, effectiveness, and lower costs.
Source: Swim University
Independence Day is celebrated by many with picnics, barbeques, and fireworks. However; it is important to remember why we celebrate this day. On July 4th, 1776 the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was adopted, proclaiming our independence from Great Britain. To celebrate our country’s birthday here are a few fun facts:
- Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.
- The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
- To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every Fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
- The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.
- In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.
Happy Independence Day from Aqua Sun Ozone!
Today is Public Service Appreciation Day, and we are taking this opportunity to say “Thank you” to those whose job it is to provide us all with clean drinking water.
The history of water infrastructure is a long and interesting one. It is believed that Romans were the first to introduce indoor plumbing as early as the 17th century, but this technology remained stagnant until the 18th century. Increased population made finding a way to deliver water to more homes necessary.
Although available, water wasn’t treated until 1910 when U.S. Army Major Carl Rogers Darnall compressed liquefied chlorine gas for purification purposes. Not long after, Major William J. L. Lyster of the Army Medical Department used a solution of calcium hypochlorite in a linen bag to treat water. This type of treatment was standard for ground forces in the field and camps for many decades and even led us to the purification process we use in present day water treatment facilities.
In 1804 the first documented use of a sand filter was recorded, and in 1855 the first regulations for water treatment and safety were written in London. These regulations set the precedence for the rest of the world. Although the water was filtered, it wasn’t until 1905 that chlorine was permanently used to disinfect water.
It’s amazing to know that it was only just over a century ago that humans invented and designed water treatment facilities allowing us to enjoy one of the most basic needs in the most convenient way possible. Let’s not take that for granted. We need to continue to be amazed by the human ingenuity and be thankful for, and to, those that make it all possible.
If you would like to learn more about the processes here a couple of links to some very helpful Infographics.
Summer officially started on Monday, and we kicked it off with a high of 122 degrees! On the first day of summer, multiple hikers had to be rescued from heat-related illnesses. It is super important to listen to your body for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke so that you can try to prevent it from happening. A few ways to prevent heat-related illnesses are:
- Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall, public library, or local cooling center.
- Taking a cool shower or moving to an air-conditioned place is a good way to cool off and prevent illness.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- If you must be out in the heat:
- Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
- Try to rest often in shady areas.
We hope you stay safe and cool out there.
This week is all about veggies! We have Fresh Veggies Day on June 16th and Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17th. The majority of Americans are not eating enough vegetables, so days like these are a good reminder to make sure we are eating the daily recommended amount of vegetables (at least 3 servings). Below are a few ways you can add more vegetables into your daily routine:
- Blend vegetables, such as spinach, into your smoothies and you won’t even be able to taste them.
- Blend vegetables in with fruit to make delicious popsicles. Bonus: Kids will want to eat them too!
- Turn your vegetables into noodles for a healthy pasta swap.
- Grate up veggies and add them to sauce, muffins, etc. You won’t even know they’re there.
- Bake up some kale or thinly sliced zucchini or sweet potatoes for a healthy chip alternative.
P.S. Don’t forget to use your Nature-Kleen or Vege-Kleen on your vegetables to remove any bacteria or viruses. You can find them here.
If you have an aquarium at home, then you know that simply running the filter is not enough to keep it clean. For me, I have to completely change the water and scrub down the walls at least once a month.
The fish to which I am referring is my daughter’s white and red male beta named Mr. Captain. She chose the name, and who am I to say it’s not a good one??
To make it easier, I have gathered some tips and included a few of my own:
- Be sure to unplug the heater (if equipped) and the pump before beginning.
- If you don’t have a lot of fish, you may choose to remove them for cleaning process. I always remove my fish because I like to remove the hard water stains from the glass. For that I use vinegar, and then I can rinse it out of the aquarium before replacing the fish.
- Remove any artificial plants and decorations, and clean all sides of the aquarium with an algae sponge.
- Disconnect the filter from the pump and take it, along with the artificial plants and decorations, to a tub or sink for cleaning. Be sure to scrub these items as simply rinsing them may not remove the layer of slime that may have accumulated. (An old toothbrush is the perfect tool for this job!)
- Connect a gravel cleaner. This may be a siphon which attaches to a faucet, or a manual siphon used with a bucket to collect the water. Start the siphon and push the gravel cleaner into the gravel all the way to the bottom, and leave it there as debris rises into the siphon. Continue until the water starts to clear, then either pinch the tubing or partially close the valve to let the gravel fall back down. Lift the gravel-cleaning tube out of the gravel and push it back down directly adjacent to the last section you just cleaned.
- It's time to stop when you have removed 25-30% of the water (the water level drops to 3/4 to 2/3 of what it was before you started). If you did not get through cleaning all of the gravel, you can start where you left off with the next water change.
- Take the temperature reading in the tank, then go to the sink and adjust the water temperature to match. This is a very important (but often overlooked) step. Adding water of a different temperature can unnecessarily stress the fish, making them more susceptible to diseases.
- Flip the faucet pump to run water into the aquarium, or fill a bucket and pour the water back into the tank to original levels. Unless you have a well, or other source of drinking water, your water will contain chlorine or chloramines, which means you need to add de-chlorinator to your aquarium water. If you are using a faucet pump, add the de-chlorinator to the tank while it’s filling. If you are using a bucket, add the de-chlorinator to the water before pouring it into the tank.
- (What I like to do, but takes a little foresight, is to use ozone water for my tank. When using ozonated water, let it stand for at least 20 minutes before introducing aquatic creatures. To remove chlorine naturally fill a large bucket, or pitcher – depending on the size of your tank – & allow it to aerate for 24 hours. Do not cover the container, and the wider the mouth, the better for allowing the chlorine to “escape.” Once my bucket is full, and before leaving it to de-chlorinate naturally, I drop my ozone diffuser stone into the water, turn it on for 30 minutes & walk away. When I return, my kitchen smells clean, and I have fresh water for my fish’s tank. Remember, to allow this the water aerate for at least 24 hours.)
- Replace your artificial plants and decorations and reconnect the filter.
- Return your aquatic animals to their habitat if you removed them.
- Plug in the heater and restart the pump.
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There are many different varieties of tea: non-caffeinated, totally caffeinated, sweet tea, unsweetened tea that is available in green, black and white versions, along with more than I can even name. But what makes the best tea? Some may say chai tea, or green tea, or lavender tea. However, you can’t have good tea without a good base. If you don’t have a good base, you can’t have a good product. After all the ingredients to tea are water & tea (sugar if you like – personally I like mine unsweetened.) That’s simple. So what to do when you’re making tea at home and you want it to taste like summer? Are you limited to bottled water, or worse, having to buy the pre-made super syrupy high fructose corn syrup versions? Not anymore!
The simple solution: Ozone. When used properly, ozone will destroy micro-organisms that could be in your water, making it much safer for consumption, while making it better tasting. Before brewing your tea, simply fill your container with water, drop in the diffuser stone, and come back in about 15 minutes – perhaps after giving yourself an at-home homeopathic facial. Alternatively, you may choose to install an ozone system under your sink. Then all you have to do is to on your dedicated ozone faucet and out flows ozonated, sanitized drinking water.
For information on the Nature-Kleen, portable counter-top ozone sanitizer, or the Vege-Kleen, under-the-counter ozone sanitizer, click here, or copy and paste the following URL into your web browser.
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Have a great day, and remember to stay active and eat healthy.