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What's the difference between a whirlpool bath and a spa bath?
So which should I choose, whirlpool or spa?
What's so special about Pegasus Whirlpools in particular?
How does a Pegasus Whirlpool work?
Do I need a large or special type of bath to have a Pegasus Whirlpool system?
Does the water get cold with all that air being pumped into it?
What are the medical benefits of a Pegasus Whirlpool?
Is a Pegasus Whirlpool bath harder to install than a normal bath?
What kind of power source do I need? Do I just plug it into a normal socket?
Is it expensive to run a Pegasus Whirlpool bath?
What about maintenance? Do Pegasus Whirlpools require a lot of servicing?
I like the hygiene aspect of Pegasus Whirlpools, how do I cleanse my system?
Is there a way to stop someone turning on the whirlpool by accident when the bath is empty?
Is it safe to have underwater lights in my bath?
Can I use aromatherapy oils in a Pegasus Whirlpool?
Is it okay to use bubble bath in a Pegasus Whirlpool?
Can I have whirlpool jets situated anywhere in the bath, on my back for example?
How about the controls, where do they go?
How can I fit a panel to my bath if there's a whirlpool system on it?
What about a guarantee if things go wrong?

What's the difference between a whirlpool bath and a spa bath?

A whirlpool bath features jets situated in the walls of the bath. Fed by a venturi, these jets feed a mixture of water and air into the bath to create an invigorating hydromassage. A spa bath features nozzles in the base of the bath which release air bubbles into the water for a gently fizzing massage. Whirlpools are also easier to keep clean in general as a cleaning solution can be passed through the pipework whereas many spa systems can only be cleaned with a long soak in cleaning solution.

So which should I choose, whirlpool or spa?

Our figures show that around 9 out of every 10 people choose a whirlpool system. The reason for this lies mainly in the fact that whirlpool baths offer a far greater level of massage compared to the slow fizz of a spa bath. When combined with a turbo and/or electronic controls, whirlpool baths can also provide a wide range of massages, from a relaxing stream to ease away the stress and strain, to a powerful aftersport massage. More and more people opt for the best of both worlds with our combined HYDRO and HYDRO Sensations systems which incorporate both a spa and whirlpool.

What's so special about Pegasus Whirlpools in particular?

The whirlpool bath first appeared in the late 60's and early 70's, the most famous system of the time being the Jacuzzi. The technology behind most whirlpool systems remains essentially the same today, with all the inherant problems such as poor drainage; unsightly, obtrusive and inefficient jets and poor hygiene management. Back then, there was nothing so enjoyable as the whoosh of a whirlpool bath, but in these hygiene concious days there's nothing quite so disgusting as the cold water left over in the pipes from the previous bather being fired into your nice warm bath.

Pegasus Whirlpools have been evolved to maximize the fun factor while boosting hygiene levels way ahead of the competition. While most still use the jaded 1st generation systms, Pegasus Whirlpools are 3rd generation systems designed to meet the needs of the more discerning and hygiene concious customer of today.

Pliable industrial strength piping ensures almost every last drop of water drains from the system as the jets are fed from the top down while it's malleable nature means that jets can be placed almost anywhere on the bath, allowing targeted massage to problem areas such as the back.

Micro venturi enable jets to fit almost flush with the bath surface and so can be placed anywhere in the bath without compromising comfort. Additional features such as sophisticated electronic controls allow for a variety of different strength massages while auto-purge blow dries the pipework after use.

Back in the Sixties, whirlpool baths were a good thing. Pegasus Whirlpools are a good thing made a whole lot better.

How does a Pegasus Whirlpool work?

It varies slightly from system to system, but the basic principle is that water is forced through venturi in the side of the bath by a powerful pump. This action causes air to be mixed with the water creating turbulence in the bath which is what produces the massage efffect. The turbulence can be varied by means of either an air control or turbo allowing for a range of massages from gentle to vigorous.

Do I need a large or special type of bath to have a Pegasus Whirlpool system?

Not at all. In fact, most of the systems we sell are fitted to "ordinary" baths. One of the advantages of the Pegasus Whirlpool is that it can be easily fitted to almost any bath, including steel and cast iron baths. You can choose a bath to suit your bathroom and have a whirlpool system without the need to compromise your design.

Does the water get cold with all that air being pumped into it?

Not really. The friction of the water being pumped causes a small output of heat (like rubbing your hands together on a cold day) and the air is drawn from the area immediately around the bath so it's usually a little warmer than the air in the room as a whole. Eventually the water will cool down just as with any bath, but just as with any bath, all you need do is top up with a drop of hot water.

What are the medical benefits of a Pegasus Whirlpool?

Whirlpools are fun and relaxing and many people have said that hydrotherapy has helped ease stress, strains, aches and pains, rheumatism and arthritis, circulatory problems and migraine. The positive impact of hydromassage has been championed since Roman times and there is a great deal of evidence to support claims of its therapeutic effects, however true medical benefits are still unclear and you should seek the advice of a medical professional such as your G.P. to see if hydrotherapy may help you.

Is a Pegasus Whirlpool bath harder to install than a normal bath?

A Pegasus Whirlpool bath requires no additional work from your plumber than a normal bath would. All the piping needed for the whirlpool system is fitted ready to work and needs no additional attention. The only extra that is needed after installation is the connection of the swithcbox to the power supply. A job we recommend you ask a qualified electrician to carry out.

What kind of power source do I need? Do I just plug it into a normal socket?

Your system will come with an R.C.C.B. which an electrician will need to connect to both the switchbox attatched to the pump and the 13 amp ring main in your house. This relatively simple job should take a qualified electrician no more than an hour.

Is it expensive to run a Pegasus Whirlpool bath?

Not at all. Approximately 3p an hour at current (Nov 2002) electricity prices.

What about maintenance? Do Pegasus Whirlpools require a lot of servicing?

Not really. There are no moving parts in the system beside the pump and motor, both of which contain high temperature seals which are designed to allow them to be run continuously over long periods of time. As they will only likely be used for relatively short periods of time, they should give many years of good service.

I like the hygiene aspect of Pegasus Whirlpools, how do I cleanse my system?

After each use, you can drop one of our special sanitizer tablets into the bath water and run the system for a couple of minutes, this will keep the system fresh. Then around once a month you should fill your bath with warm water, add our Whirlbath Cleanser liquid and run the system for 15 minutes and then rinse with clean water. This will remove any soap residue and detritus.

Is there a way to stop someone turning on the whirlpool by accident when the bath is empty?

There are two possible solutions to this problem. The first is pump protection which only allows the pump to run if the presence of water is sensed within the pump, stopping the pump from overheating by being dry run. The second is water level sensing which only allows the system to be run when there is a sufficient water in the bath.

Is it safe to have underwater lights in my bath?

Absolutely. The lights we use are IP68 compliant and are specially manufactured and rigorously tested for submersible use. They should, however, only be used when submerged as when dry run they can give off heat which may damage the bath surface. This can be combatted by incorporating water level sensing in the switching system, preventing them from being turned on by accident.

Can I use aromatherapy oils in a Pegasus Whirlpool?

You certainly can, in fact whirlpool baths are the perfect environment for use of aromatherapy oils. The constant recirculation of the water ensures the oils are evenly spread throughout the bath releasing the full potential of the essential oils to work on your mind and body.

Is it okay to use bubble bath in a Pegasus Whirlpool?

Yes, as long as you use it sparingly. Too much bubble bath could see you floating out of your bathroom on a sea of foam! Your best bet is to use our low foaming aromatherapy bath oil.

Can I have whirlpool jets situated anywhere in the bath, on my back for example?

Yes. One of the key advantages the Pegasus Whirlpool has over other systems is that the combination of flexible pipe and micro venturi mean that a jet (or jets) can be placed pretty much anywhere in the bath. A popular configuration for a 16 jet system, for example, would be 4 jets at the back, 4 at the feet and 4 down each side.

How about the controls, where do they go?

Just like the jets, the controls for your whirlpool can be placed almost anywhere. This is especially useful for elderly or other less mobile people who may have trouble reaching controls placed behind them.

How can I fit a panel to my bath if there's a whirlpool system on it?

The supremely compact nature of the Pegasus Whirlpool means that on almost every bath, the system sits entirely within the footprint of the bath, leaving room aplenty for a panel.

What about a guarantee if things go wrong?

We're proud to say that things rarely go wrong on our systems and all are thoroughly tested before they are delivered. We're so proud that we include a two year parts and labour guarantee with every new whirlpool bath we supply and there's the option to extend that guarantee for a further three years.