Top green day spa features

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:35

A day at the spa may be rejuvenating for people, however, the energy and harsh chemicals often used in these commercial spaces are not known for their environmental friendliness. It takes a considerable amount of energy to run a spa, with high levels of warmth creating an enveloping space that opens users pores and relaxes the body. In addition, a number of the treatment rooms operate for long hours at a time, or even run 24/7. 
"A day spa can have two treatment rooms and a laundry going 24 hours a day," said Beth McGroarty, who conducts research for the Global Spa and Wellness Summit, according to The Atlantic Cities. "Or it can be a multilevel water spa that you spend all day at, so big that it's an amusement park of water."  
To reduce the environmental impact of running a spa, some owners are focusing on investing in energy-efficient technologies. For example, the inclusion of a radiant floor heating system throughout a spa will help boost comfort felt inside a space without negatively impacting energy use. Unlike traditional solutions that used forced hot air delivered through vents or radiators, radiant floor heating provides a consistent presence of heat that rises from the ground. The technology is especially beneficial in a spa because guests are barefoot and will receive the full benefit of the heat on their toes. 
Other solutions that are growing in popularity include light emitting diodes, which will drastically decrease the cost of illuminating a spa. The improved operational timeline and limited energy use that these bulbs consume make them an ideal solution. The technology also offers greater control of temperature and color than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.