Whether you already have a hot tub on your deck or patio, or you are considering purchasing a new model, you may have questions. This list of Frequently Asked Questions, and answers, is meant to assist you. We believe that well-informed buyers will choose a hot tub. Feel better, spend more time together, and relax. Visit our store in Surrey, BC to ask about how easy it is to own a hot tub.
WHAT HOT TUB IS THE BEST FOR ME?
Like any significant home investment, you should take time to weigh pros and cons, decide what is most important to you, and then find the right addition for your home. Before purchasing a hot tub, we suggest creating a firm budget that allows for some wiggle room, just in case unforeseen costs come your way. Next, decide what is most important to you and your family. Is this hot tub for the entire family to enjoy? Or are you empty nesters? The number of seats and size of the hot tub that is best for you will depend on the capacity that you require. Additional features such as spa entertainment systems, Bluetooth capabilities, jets, and control systems should also be taken into consideration. Also take some time to research the best hot tub brands and manufacturers as well.
Once you’ve decided this, visit your local hot tub dealership and let them know exactly what you’re looking for.
HOW MUCH DO HOT TUBS COST?
A hot tub can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $18,000 or more. This price point will depend on a variety of factors, including the brand, location, size, capacity, features, age, and if it is used or new. The higher the quality, the higher the price will likely be. Although it may be tempting to opt for the hot tub with the lower price, this can often leave you with a system that requires more repairs, doesn’t last as long as a higher-quality one, or doesn’t offer an ideal spa experience. By spending a little more and investing in a reputable brand, you’ll likely wind up with a spa that lasts for many years of enjoyable service.
SHOULD I INSTALL MY HOT TUB INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
Whether you install your hot tub inside or outside is completely up to you. If you have a room in your home that it will fit through the doorway and where it could be installed properly, with ideal ventilation, electricity and plumbing, then go for it! On the other hand, outdoor hot tub installations tend to rank higher in popularity due to the simplicity of it, not to mention how many options are available and added space for creativity.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY HOT TUB?
How you clean your hot tub will depend on the brand and model. Specific cleaning instructions should be provided to you by the hot tub dealership where you purchased your spa or can be obtained through the manufacturer.
As a rule of thumb, you should aim to test and balance the water once a week. This includes adding any hot tub chemicals that may be required.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DRAIN MY HOT TUB WATER?
You should completely drain, clean and refill your hot tub three to four times a year. This number may fluctuate depending on how often the spa is used and how well it is cleaned regularly.
WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD MY HOT TUB BE?
Most outdoor hot tubs are heated between 100° F and 102° F. Your hot tub should never exceed 104° F, to ensure safety.
WHAT IS HOT TUB HYDROTHERAPY?
Hydrotherapy is a water-based therapeutic technique that involves the combination of heat, buoyancy and massage. Just by simply sitting in a heated hot tub with the jets on, you will likely be engaging in a hydrotherapy session.
The heat helps your muscles and joints to relax. Not only that, the heat of the water can also help to improve your circulation, helping blood and oxygen reach various parts of the body more regularly.
The buoyancy of the water can help lift added pressure from your body. In fact, it can lift up to 90% of your body weight, giving sore and tired muscles and joints a well-deserved break.
Once your body has reached a place of pure relaxation, the jets can further target aching muscles and joints to help ease tension and soothe pain.
HOW DOES A CIRCULATION PUMP WORK?
The circulation pump helps circulate water throughout the entire hot tub system. This can help filter out debris, ensure consistency, distribute chemicals evenly, and regulate the temperature evenly.
CAN ANY HOT TUB RUN ON AN 120V ELECTRICAL SERVICE?
Most hot tubs must be connected to 240V electrical service, but some offer the option of operating on 120V as well. While connecting to 120V can be less involved, most customers prefer the benefits of the 240V spa, which can include a quicker heating time and better temperature maintenance during cold weather use. This is because the heater output is four times as great in a 240V spa versus a 120V spa. If you choose to connect your spa to 120V service, you must be certain that it is a dedicated circuit, not shared by any other appliance, and has amperage rating appropriate for the spa you select.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY HOT TUB SAFE?
There are many ways to ensure a safe and enjoyable hot tub installation. We recommend never heating your hot tub above 104° F and to always monitor children when in the backyard. Establishing a set of backyard safety rules can also be of use, to avoid any guests from running, jumping into the hot tub, playing with the settings, or damaging your backyard. Ensure everyone stays hydrated and takes regular breaks from the hot tub, especially if they begin to feel tired or light headed.
Which hot tub chemicals are best?
It is rather tricky to answer what hot tub chemicals are the best, since the answer often differs according to the make and the model of the hot tub. The most essential and commonly chemicals for the maintenance of a hot tub include sanitizers, oxidizers, pH balancers, and shocks that can help remove the organic compounds in the water after a significant amount of use.
When it comes to hot tub sanitizers, both Chlorine and Bromine are used. Chlorine is the most affordable and widely used option, but it tends to be less stable in the warmer temperatures of a hot tub. Also, due to chloramines build up, one needs to regularly check the water chemistry levels and keep the level of chlorine and water balanced at all times.
Bromine is milder on sensitive skin and is more active in the pH levels in hot tubs. Although Bromine is significantly more expensive than Chlorine, it does not need to be topped up as often. If you are using Bromine as the sanitizer, the “shock” process is different from chlorinated hot tubs since it’s more about rejuvenating the Bromine rather than “shocking” the water. With Chlorine, a large amount of the chemical (usually increasing the level up to 10ppm) is used to fully break down the organic contaminants in water. If you want to avoid regular checkups, cleanups, and replenishing, Bromine makes for a better choice as a hot tub chemical.
How much do hot tubs weigh?
The weight of a hot tub differs according to its water capacity, size and dimensions. When calculating the structural support that is needed for a hot tub before the installation, the final weight after the hot tub is filled should be considered which is called “Filled Weight”. This is calculated by adding up the dry weight of the hot tub and the weight of its water capacity.
Following are the average filled weight of standard hot tubs that you may find in a hot tub store. Keep in mind, these amounts are an average and not applicable to all hot tubs of that size. For more information about how much a certain hot tub weighs when dry and filled with water, speak with one of the sales associates at your local hot tub store.
• Small (4’36” diameter and height) – Filled weight approximately 2400lbs
• Medium (5’36” diameter and height) – Filled weight approximately 3800lbs
• Large (6’36” diameter and height) – Filled weight approximately 5000lbs
• Extra Large (7’36” diameter and height) – Filled weight approximately 7000lbs
• Super Large (8’36” diameter and height) – Filled weight approximately 9000lbs
Do I need a hot tub cover?
The short answer is – yes. A hot tub cover
is an essential accessory for both safety and economic aspects of owning a hot tub.
It will highly reduce the maintenance time and costs in the long run, adding an extra barrier of safety to protect your hot tub from dirt, leaves, critters, and more. It also works as a protective cover to keep curious wildlife, children and pets from accessing the water when you are not around. Most hot tub covers come with lockable child safety straps for extra safety. Hot tub covers have evolved over the years with features that particularly help you lower the financial costs. For example, there are energy-efficient covers in the market that highly lowers the energy consumption of the product. Use a cover with high-density foams that can withstand heavy loads for the best results.