What Is a Portable Spa?

clock February 22, 2018 10:14 by author medallionpools |

What is a portable spa? The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) defines a portable (self-contained) spa as “a factory-built spa in which all control, water heating and water circulation equipment is an integral part of the product”.


Portable Spa Benefits

We all know that relaxing in a hot tub or spa provides many benefits for the mind and body. A spa experience can reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, soothe sore joints and much more. Many people assume that portable spas require a big investment in time and money, when in fact those are some of the advantages of the product!

Affordable—With so many options available, there is something for your needs and budget.

Hassle free installation—Bring it home in a truck or trailer, and plug into a regular wall outlet.  

Ease of use—Fill with water, turn the heater on and climb on in!

Portable—Easily relocated if you move, or want to change where spa is set up.

Portable Spa Maintenance & Installation

As with any type of spa, the portable spa needs to be properly installed and maintained to meet your expectations and provide continued problem free usage. Balancing, sanitizing and filtering the water are just a few steps to spa maintenance. Luckily, it’s easy to keep your portable spa clean!

There are several sanitizer options for a portable spa. We suggest taking a sample of water to your spa dealer to have them determine which chemicals you need. It is also advisable to keep an extra filter cartridge on hand. While you are cleaning one, the other can be in the spa ready for use.


To learn more about the benefits of a portable spa, or for installation and maintenance tips, contact Medallion Pools or visit your local spa dealer.

Why Buy a Swim Spa

clock February 19, 2018 11:50 by author medallionpools |

Within the past years, the spa and pool family has had a new addition in the form of a swim spa.

Swim spas are miniature pools that allow you to swim in place either against a swim current or tether. These creative devices have become highly popular due to their size, versatility and health benefits.

Investing in a Swim Spa

Buying a swim spa is investing in yourself, your family, and your backyard. A swim spa offers a combination of entertainment, relaxation and exercise. Swim spas are the best of both worlds, giving you the comfort of a hot tub with the mobility and convenience you find in a swimming pool.

4 Reasons to Buy a Swim Spa

1. Healthy Living

Working out in a swim spa means getting all the benefits of health fitness in the convenience of your backyard. Swimming, or aquatic exercising, is a great cardio workout allowing every muscle to work in unison with less impact on joints. Swim spas help you maintain a productive and healthy training regimen at your own pace and convenience.

The benefits of exercising in a swim spa include:

- Increased mobility
-Reduced stiffness
- Eases muscle pain
- Prevents joint soreness
- Low impact form of exercise

2. Size

Although the idea of having a swimming pool in your backyard might be exciting, it will take up a great deal of space. Swim spas are significantly smaller and lighter than a cement pool.

Install it above ground or in-ground. Tuck it in the corner of a room, build into your deck, or create a sunroom oasis. Installation is extremely easy, and the location possibilities are endless. Buying a swim spa can save a big percentage of the costs of constructing and operating a pool.

3. Unlimited Function and Family Fun

With a swim spa, the integrated water current allows you to effectively swim, relax, rehab, and exercise as you would in a large pool. Regardless of where you live, you can use your miniature pool all year long, or just extend your swimming season into the spring and fall.

If you have children, you should consider buying a swim spa. Enjoy memorable bonding and fun times with your family, and know they are safe. While managing a larger pool might be time-consuming, a swim spa offers more flexibility because it requires less maintenance.

4. Portability

Above-ground swim spas are mobile and portable, which gives you the convenience of taking them with you when you move. Simply disassemble a few pieces and pack it away. This mobility also enables you to take it with you to a different area of your home where you like to spend most of your time.

Convenience & Versatility of Swim Spas

These four reasons only begin to scratch the surface of why buying a swim spa may be a great decision for your family. Start planning how you can purchase one with less hassle and less cost with Medallion Pools.

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How to Buy a Portable Spa

clock February 15, 2018 15:01 by author medallionpools |

Portable spas are versatile and affordable. If you’ve been thinking over the decision to purchase a portable spa, you won’t be disappointed! However, you should take care in choosing the best spa for your home and your needs.

Factors in Choosing a Portable Spa

With so many portable spas on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide on the right one. When shopping for a portable spa, consider the following factors.

1. How many people will use the spa at one time?

Generally, for a family of four an 8’ portable spa is plenty of room. However, if you plan to invite friends and neighbors over you’ll want to go with a larger spa. Also think about the power source you have running to your portable spa, as this may change the sizes to consider.

2. Do you want a spa with just seats, or loungers?

This is really based on how you want to use your spa. Loungers provide a great place to stretch out, relax, and enjoy full body therapy without moving from seat to seat. Seats are better suited for packing more people in to chat and socialize. It also allows you to move around the portable spa with greater ease and comfort.

3. Would you like one spa lounger or two?

Portable spa lounge seats naturally take up more room than a standard seat. You can assume that with each lounger you have you’ll have at least one less seat. Two lounger portable spas typically don’t have many, if any, regular seats.

4. Where do you plan to place your spa?

Portable spas can be used indoors or outdoors. In either location the surface must be solid, level and sturdy. For indoor use, it’s important to ensure the portable spa can fit through doorways and stairwells. For outdoor use, concrete patios and solid decks are best.

5. How many jets do you want, and do you prefer them on your neck, back and legs?

This all depends on how you intend to use your portable spa. More jets don’t necessarily mean a better spa experience. Too many jets can push you around the spa, while not enough will leave you wishing for more powerful hydrotherapy. Consider where you want the most jet focus and go from there when looking at your options.

Strong Spas—The Ultimate Relaxation Experience

Buying a Portable Spa

You check out different portable spa models online. Once you’ve gotten a sense for your options, see them in person. Visit your local spa dealer, or visit Medallion Pools showroom. We have plenty of empty spas for you to sit in so you can gain a sense for size, depth and comfort.

Some portable spa models are available for immediate purchase. Load it onto your truck or trailer to take home, add water, and start enjoying the same day. These spas will come with a cord and GFCI designed to plug into your wall outlet so no electrician is necessary.

Do you have a hard to get to location in mind for your spa in your home? No problem, purchase the Fun Tub model designed to be assembled on site.

For more information on buying a portable spa, visit your local pool dealer, or contact us.

Why Add a Gas Heater to my Swimming Pool?

clock February 9, 2018 10:55 by author medallionpools |

Pool heaters on the market today are fast, efficient, compact, quiet, safe and eco-friendly. Gone are the days where you have to wait until temperatures are in the 80’s to enjoy your swimming pool. Most of the new gas heaters have no pilot light, simply push button digital controls with a user-friendly indicator light. This makes operation and monitoring so simple.

Gas heaters are available for propane or natural gas. If you live in an area with natural gas, you may have a gas meter already attached to the house. You should get a licensed plumber to check this meter to make sure it can handle the additional BTU’s of the gas heater. BTU options vary from 200,000 up to 400,000.

Gas heater size

The size BTU heater you will need can be determined by a local pool company, but it will depend on how many gallons of water you have in the pool and if you are looking to keep the pool heated all the time, or only on demand. If you are going to install a propane heater, your pool dealer can install the heater, but you will need a propane company to make the connection from the tank to the heater. If you do not have a propane tank, the gas company can have one installed.

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Gas heater installation

Placement of your new heater is very important. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual for proper placement. If the heater is going under a deck, you must have proper clearance from heater to deck. If the heater will be installed indoors, the gas fumes must be vented outside. The heater can’t be installed next to your heat pump. The proper placement information will be found in the heater manual.

Installing a gas heater on your swimming pool

A gas heater is a great way to extend your swimming season. Depending on where you live, the proper size heater can give you 60 more days plus of swimming time. Now is a good time to contact Medallion, or visit your local pool dealer to learn more about the different heater options. While you are there, be sure to ask about a solar cover to help your heater be more efficient.

Why Add a Heat Pump to my Swimming Pool?

clock February 2, 2018 14:32 by author medallionpools |

The heat pump is a great way to heat your swimming pool or swim spa water for longer swimming seasons. With today’s energy costs, this is a great time to invest in a heat pump. Compared to gas, oil or electric heaters, heat pumps use just a small amount of energy to generate the same amount of heat.

There are a variety of heat pumps on the market. Some have an LCD control board and displays a menu-driven readout with easy to follow full work messages, so you don’t have to worry about codes to memorize. Most have an automatic defrost feature that senses refrigerant temperature and prevents freezing. Others also have an automatic feature that monitors water temperature and turns the pump on and off as needed. There are many features of swimming pool heat pumps!

Heaters can be installed with new construction or added later. The units are connected to the pool filter and pool pump with simple plumbing. See all instructions for proper connection.

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How to choose swimming pool heat pump size?  

 - How many gallons of water are in your pool?

 - What temperature are you trying to maintain for your swimming comfort?

 - What is the climate like in your part of the country?

Heaters for swimming pools are sized based on the BTU rating of the heater. The correct BTU rated heater depends on your swimming pool shape, size in gallons of water as well as your climate. Once you determine the right BTU rating, you can choose to go a little larger so that you can heat the pool faster, and save more on energy costs.

Advantages of adding a heat pump to your pool

If extending your swimming season isn’t enough of a reason to add a heat pump, you’ll be pleased to know there are many other advantages to making the investment in a swimming pool heat pump.

 - No worry of natural gas or propane gas

 - Easy to install with pool installation or as an add on later

 - Very low maintenance

Choosing the best heat pump for your pool starts with a little bit of knowledge and education on the options available. Contact Medallion Pools, or your local Medallion dealer, to find out what is the best heat pump for your swimming pool.