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.