Created on: March 04, 2013
Hot tubs are great for relaxation and soaking sore muscles. They can be a private, personal oasis or a centerpiece for outdoor entertainment. When you are choosing a hot tub, you should consider the type of use you desire and the space available for installation. The features, ease of maintenance and energy efficiency also need to be taken into account before you make your purchase.
The smallest type of hot tub spa is one that incorporates jets into a regular bathtub fixture. If you are looking for a personal oasis, this may be the best type for you. Many smaller models can operate on 110 volt or 220 volt, so you may not have to make any electrical system changes.
Small portable spas can be used for one or two individuals. Larger sizes can accommodate eight or more users. This type of spa is available for outdoor and indoor use. If you want to add a spa inside your home or to a small deck, choose a portable model designed for two to four users.
If you want a permanent spa for entertaining a large number of guests, consider a model that is built into a deck area. Large spas are normally built for eight or more users. You might even consider a spa that includes a swim feature.
Special features can include remote control units that operate the lighting, heat and jets. Some models have built-in reclining seats or bucket seats in addition to bench seating. For entertaining, you can choose a model with built-in TV, DVD and audio system. Drink holders can be included along the sides or even in the center, depending on the style.
The amount of maintenance your hot tub will require is an important issue. Maintenance requirements are similar to that of regular pools, just on a smaller scale. You do not want to spend as much time cleaning your tub as you spend enjoying it. Quality filtration systems will reduce the overall cleaning you need to do.
Salt water systems are an option that reduces the amount of chemical treatment the hot tub requires. You can reduce the maintenance by keeping your hot tub covered when you are not using it. Eliminating airborne debris will help the filter work more efficiently. This will also reduce water loss and help the tub retain heat.
Energy efficiency ratings should be available to you at the store or on the manufacturer’s website. Hot tubs that are sold in California must meet specific requirements. Check the wall insulation and the efficiency of the pumps and heating system to help determine what it will cost to operate your hot tub. A tightly fitting cover will improve the efficiency. Consider the location of your hot tub when you make comparisons. An outdoor tub in the north will cost more to operate than an enclosed tub in the south.
Do make sure that your hot tub comes with a good warranty. Jacuzzi® brand tubs come with up to 10 years on the structure and two to five year warranties on the plumbing and equipment.
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