What Are the Differences Between
Whirlpool, Air Baths and Soaking Tubs?
Generally, tubs fall into
one of three categories:
air baths, whirlpool tubs and soaking tubs. You can get air and whirlpool
combined on many tub models.
are the simplest bathtub, as they have no air or jet features. This
can be a common buit-in bath tub, freestanding claw foot tub (shown) or other configuration, but
there is no water or air movement. All Aquatic
and Americh tubs are available as soaking
Typical floor placement of air jets
are more gentle and soothing than
traditional whirlpool baths (sometimes called jetted tubs). Air baths create a champagne effect as
bubbles are forced from the bottom of the tub. Air baths are usually
quieter, since they pump heated air, only. The channels stay
dry and are less prone to produce the growth of microbes.
The Aquatic Serenity Collection are
A Roman tub dropped into a deck showing the action of the
typical air or whirlpool bath.
shows a typical Roman tub with it's faucet, called a Roman tub filler.
Roman tub fillers are similar to the sink faucet, but are larger and
have much greater capacity to fill a tub quickly. Some fillers have
hand showers in addition to the spout and valves. Some tubs feature
a built-in filler spout which many times doubles as a waterfall
during operation. We
feature whirlpool and air baths tubs by
Typical whirlpool jet.
improperly referred to occasionally as "Jacuzzi", a brand name, are
jetted systems that shoot water mixed with air, at high pressure, from the sides of the tub.
Whirlpool tubs are generally more vigorous than air baths. Many whirlpools have special
back jets that can simulate a massage. Because droplets of water,
along with body oils, can linger in the piping after use, over time, microbes
can grow. Proper care is essential. Aquatic
and Americh have a full line of whirlpool
Cleaning a whirlpool bath
is not difficult. The unit should be run for about 15 minutes with a
special cleaner periodically to kill bacteria and fungus. These
solutions usually contain chlorine beach and detergent. If your
manufacturer doesn't have a dedicated cleaner, a cup of Clorox with liquid automatic dishwashing detergent
will do. Never mix bleach with ammonia. Always consult the manufacturer's care guide for your tub's
recommended procedure.Keeping the pipes
on the underside of your whirlpool sanitary is necessary, but easy.