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FAQs

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.

WHAT SIZE HOT TUB SHOULD I GET?

The size 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 or more.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Why Are Saunas Good for You?

There are a number of health benefits that a sauna can provide. Many people use a sauna as a way of relaxing and unwinding after a long, stressful day. While that’s a great reason to install a sauna, it’s not the only one. Here are a few other reasons why a sauna is good for you:

• They help your cardiovascular system stay healthy, reducing the risk of heart attack, hypertension, and other heart-related issues. Using the sauna affects your heart rate in the same way exercising does.
• Saunas can help improve recovery time after training, reduce muscle atrophy, and improve your endurance.
• The deep sweating you do in a sauna can help flush your system of toxins and reduce the levels of copper, lead, mercury, and other toxins in the body.
• Saunas can help you sleep better by relaxing you before bed.
• Saunas may even help fight off the flu and colds as well as help with sinus congestion.

Before incorporating regular use of a sauna into your health and wellness routine, it’s always a good practice to check in with your doctor to ensure your best health.

How Long Should I Stay Inside the Sauna For?

While it may be tempting to stay in your sauna for hours, you do need to make certain you don’t over-do it. Experts recommend you stay in the sauna for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time. If you do go back into the sauna, be sure to take time to cool down, and then limit your second session to about 10 minutes.

The first time you use a sauna, you may start to feel a little overwhelmed after a few minutes and get out quickly. That’s normal for the first few times you use it. If at any time you start to feel uncomfortable or dizzy, exit the sauna, have a glass of water, sit down, and cool off. While saunas do have many benefits, you have to be careful not to spend too much time in one at once.

Why Should I Sauna After a Workout?

Using the sauna after a workout can help you recover more quickly. The heat from the sauna triggers your body to release endorphins that make you relax and feel good. This will help reduce the soreness and aches you may feel from a workout. It will also increase your body temperature, which dilates the blood vessels and improves your circulation. This means your muscles are getting more nutrients more quickly, helping them heal and recover after intense exercise. If you have any small cuts or bruises from your workout, they will also heal more quickly because of this. The toxins, including lactic acid in your muscles, will be flushed away, too.

Saunas stimulate the body’s production of growth hormones, increasing the amount found in the body by as much as 300% after sauna use. This helps to reduce muscle atrophy and can help you recover after strength training exercises. Those who run may find that the time it takes them to reach their exhaustion point is longer after regular sauna use.

 


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