Zen Float Tent Hacks

5 Tank Hacks to Consider for Winter Time

Cold temperatures outside certainly make it harder to maintain the perfect water and room temperatures that we all like to float in, but that's no reason to let the winter weather get you down. Luckily, there are a quite a few easy and inexpensive ways to keep your heating costs low during the winter months.  

Try these tips and techniques to help fight off the cold and keep your float tank running at optimal performance this winter: 

 

1. Insulate and Cover Your Windows

Windows are one of the easiest places for heat to escape in your home and nothing is worse than a cold float room. Covering your windows with space blankets or bubble wrap can go a long way in keeping your existing heat indoors and outside air outdoors. 

2. Insulate the Outside of the Tank

The best way to keep your float tank heated is by stopping the heat from escaping in the first place. Try wrapping a few mylar thermal blankets around your tank to keep more heat in. Besides preserving heat, the blankets give your tank a retro, futuristic look. 

3. Insulate Underneath the Tank

Rugs and carpets help keep heat from escaping through your flooring, especially if your float tank is on concrete or tile. Some other materials we recommend using to insulate underneath your tank are rubber padding, carpet padding, vinyl mats, interlocking foam mats, or plywood. 

4. Make Sure Your Air Vents Are Open and Directed Properly

It's common during the summer to close the air vents in your float room to keep cool air out. However, once you've switched from using cool air to heated air in your home, you'll want to make sure to re-open up the vents to allow the warm air to flow in. 

The one thing to lookout for is to not point the air vent directly at the tank (the warm air tends to come in through the vents of the float tent and throws off the temperature inside the tank). You may be able to redirect the air by adjusting the vent or building a funnel out of cardboard like pictured below.  

5. If All Else Fails, Use Space Heaters

A decent space heater can be found online or at local Walmart or Target for less than $100 and the nice thing about space heaters is they do not have to be in use at all times. Try turning on the heater an hour or two before you float and then turning it off again once you are done. This won't use up too much electricity but will help in keeping your float room close to the ideal temperature of about 78 degrees while in session. 

I've Setup TONS of Float Tents, These Are My Favorite Tricks.

Whatsup good people. This is Shane.

So, I was setting up a tank for Duncan Trussell this last week and I was going for the ULTIMATE install. I've learned a lot in the last few years and I've picked up some ways to do it better. The install turned out PERFECT and this is what I did below. We are working to make some of the things available in the stock Float Tent package but for now you'll have to do it on your own. 

 

Tips for the Ultimate Setup: 

 

1. Secure the inside light caps - Every Float Tent comes with a patch kit, which has some super glue with it. I decided, instead of climbing in the tank after it's built to secure the light cap I would just glue it on before putting the cover on. I used a couple of small dabs of glue on the outside of the cap, stuck it in place, and BAM. No more trying to install these babies after the fact. Much easier AND they won't fall off ever!

 

2.  Secure your poles - Sometimes the poles in the door get out of place, it can get irritating. I picked up some 3M mounting foam tape on amazon, and applied a small 1/2" x 2"" piece to the poles that moved. Then slid them in the sheeth and pressed it together. The poles stayed TOTALLY in place. Awesome hack! I should warn you, make sure to get in the tank before securing the poles to make sure there are no light leaks. Once everything is pitch black, hop out and tape the poles.

Here's a link where you can buy the:  M

 

 

3.  Tidy up all the cables easily - I just picked up a white cable box, which seems like it wouldn't be a big deal but trust me IT IS. It made the install so nice and tidy. Here is a link to the box on amazon, and some picture of how it looked when I used it. It looked so LEGIT that we're looking into getting a ZEN cable box made. They are so cool!

Link: Cable Box

    4. The easy way to turn off your water filters when you float -  So first thing... NEVER float with your filters on! They are noisy and have light coming out of them. Second, it's a pain to unplug them and plug them back in sometimes (first world problems.lol) So I picked up this little 3-outlet strip that plugs easily into the GFCI. Now when I'm ready to float I flip the switch off and both pumps shut off. When I hop out, I hit them back on easily. Isn't that nice!?    Here's the link for the   3-Plug Switch on amazon.    NOTE: ALWAYS CONNECT ANYTHING NEAR THE TANK THROUGH A GFCI.    

 

4. The easy way to turn off your water filters when you float - So first thing... NEVER float with your filters on! They are noisy and have light coming out of them. Second, it's a pain to unplug them and plug them back in sometimes (first world problems.lol) So I picked up this little 3-outlet strip that plugs easily into the GFCI. Now when I'm ready to float I flip the switch off and both pumps shut off. When I hop out, I hit them back on easily. Isn't that nice!? 

Here's the link for the 3-Plug Switch on amazon. 

NOTE: ALWAYS CONNECT ANYTHING NEAR THE TANK THROUGH A GFCI. 

 

Those are my favorite tricks for the perfect Float Tent install. Even if they seem like "no big deal" ... trust me, they are. When your Float Tank is installed nice, clean, and easy, you'll enjoy it more. 

HAPPY FLOATING!