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 to ask about how easy it is to own a hot tub.
DO I NEED TO INSTALL PLUMBING FOR MY HOT TUB?
No, you do not need to install plumbing for your hot tub. All above-ground portable spas are filled with water using a garden hose.
HOW MUCH DO HOT TUBS AND SPAS COST?
Hot tubs can range anywhere from $3,000 to $18,000 or more and swim spas can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $30,000. How much a spa costs will depend on a variety of factors, including brand, model, size, age, features, and location. While hot tubs and swim spas do have different price points, the saying is the same for both: you get what you pay for. Higher quality spas tend to last longer, require less upkeep and fewer repairs, and offer a much more enjoyable and customizable experience.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY SPA WATER?
How you clean the water in your hot tub or swim spa will greatly depend on the brand and model. When you initially purchased your spa, you should have received detailed cleaning instructions. If you don’t have access to these guidelines, simply contact the manufacturer or the dealership where you purchased your spa from.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend testing and balancing the water once a week and then treating it as needed.
HOW DOES HYDROTHERAPY HELP SORE MUSCLES?
Hydrotherapy is a water-based therapeutic technique that is gaining more and more popularity due to the many health benefits it can offer. Hydrotherapy utilizes the combination of heat, buoyancy and massage, which are all properties that appear naturally once the hot tub is in use. Simply set your desired temperature, turn on the jets, sit back and relax.
First, the heat of the water helps your entire body to relax and unwind. Next, the buoyancy helps further your relaxation by lifting pressure from your muscles and joints. Finally, once your body has reached a pure state of relaxation and comfort, the jets can really begin to penetrate built-up tension, easing sore muscles and soothing painful joints.
CAN SWIM SPAS BE USED IN THE WINTER?
Swim spas can be used throughout the year, especially in the winter. The control panel will allow you to raise or lower the temperature as you see fit, so you can enjoy a luxurious spa experience, rain, snow or shine!
SHOULD I INSTALL MY SPA INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
Hot tubs and swim spas can be installed indoors or outdoors, although over 90%, including those living in cold weather climates, are installed outdoors. The two main considerations for installing a spa indoors are: will it fit through the door and is the structural strength of the flooring ideal for supporting thousands of pounds of water. To give you a good example of how much a hot tub or swim spa weighs once filled, a typical three-person spa weighs approximately 2,500 lbs/1,150 kg when filled.
WHAT SIZE HOT TUB SHOULD I GET?
hot tub that you purchase depends greatly on your needs, wants and budget. Hot tubs with a more modest size, such as 2-3-person hot tubs
, are ideal for empty nesters or retired couples. These hot tubs still offer all the amazing features
and benefits of larger hot tubs, but with fewer seats and a smaller capacity. They also tend to be a little lower in price, if you are sticking to a more modest budget. Those with a bigger family or who like to entertain guests may find that a larger hot tub is more suitable for their lifestyle. These hot tubs tend to have a higher price point but can seat up to 6-7 people
HOW LONG BEFORE I WANT TO USE THE HOT TUB SHOULD I START HEATING IT?
You should set your spa to your desired temperature at least 4-6 hours before you use it. We do not recommend changing the spa temperature constantly, as this can cause more stress to the system and raise your operational costs, as the system works much harder to raise the temperature, rather than maintain it.
The temperature that you keep your spa at depends on how often you use it. If you are using the hot tub only once a week or several times a month, keep the spa set to a few degrees lower than the temperature you enjoy or on the economy setting. When it’s time to use the spa, set it to your desired temperature about 4-6 hours prior to.
If you’re using the hot tub nearly everyday, we recommend finding a temperature that meets the needs of both you and your family, and keeping it set to that temperature at all times. Unless of course you won’t be using it for more than a week at a time, then a lower temperature would be more ideal to save costs.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DRAIN MY SPA?
Depending on how well your spa is maintained throughout the year and how often it is used, you should aim to drain, clean and refill your spa about three to four times a year. More information about this process can be obtained from your manufacturer or the dealership where you originally purchased your spa. In most cases, this entire process should only take a few hours.
SHOULD I INSTALL MY POOL ABOVE OR BELOW GROUND?
Your backyard swimming pool installation will depend greatly on your needs, wants and budget. While in-ground swimming pools can offer a more aesthetically-appealing look, an above-ground swimming pool with a built-in deck can also be a stylish asset to your backyard, and most often at a lower cost. It all depends on what you want from your backyard and how it will affect your lifestyle.
WHAT IS A SWIM SPA?
A swim spa is essentially a hybrid between a hot tub and swimming pool. They are often about 18 to 20 feet in length, but can be bigger or smaller depending on the brand and model. Most swim spas have two separate areas, a large area for swimming and recreation that is similar to a swimming pool, and then a hot tub area complete with seats and jets, for a leisurely spa experience. Most swim spas also offer dual-temperature settings, so that you can keep the swimming area a little cooler and the spa area a little warmer. Swim spas can be installed in-ground or above-ground, or even inside the home, depending on your lifestyle.