Even if you have a pool, many want a hot tub for its relaxing benefits. It’s both a place where you can relax at the end of a long day and enjoy fun times with friends. There are several things that you should consider when selecting the right hot tub for your home and lifestyle.
Hot Tub Styles
To begin with, you need to decide the type of hot tub you want. The most popular are portable spas. These are moveable and easy to install. Often with an acrylic shell, they are attractive and easy to care for. You’ll also have the option for the exterior cabinet, such as wood, faux stone, or resin. Resin exteriors also come in a wide range of colors and a variety of sizes.
An inflatable tub is another option that is attractive to renters. They are lower in cost and work well where space is limited. These hot tubs can also be easily moved when needed.
A reconditioned tub is an affordable option. Purchasing a reconditioned tub is safer than buying a used tub, but it will also look new. It’s a valid option to consider.
Lastly, some prefer having a built-in hot tub. While this is a more costly option, it can be seamlessly integrated into an existing pool area and may increase your home’s value. A qualified contractor will be needed to install it.
Hot tubs are available in 110 & 220 volts. A hot tub at 110 volts can be plugged into the home; no electrician needed. The downside is that it will take the tub longer to heat up and maintain the temperature. It may cost more to operate as it takes longer to warm the water. The other option is 220 volts, which heats up faster. There is also more power to operate the jets and any accessories. This option, however, will require an electrician will have to wire the 220-volt outlet.
You want to have a hot tub that is big enough for how you intend to use it but not too big. Think realistically about the number of people that you anticipate using the hot tub at one time. For some, frequent parties may mean they need more seating capacity. Other families may be fine with a smaller hot tub.
Number and Placement of Jets
The number and configuration of jets are based on the experience that you hope to have. If you are looking for muscle relief that focuses on the lower back, neck, or shoulders, talk with your spa professional for the configuration that will deliver the best results. You might also consider adjustable jets that can be repositioned very easily.
The filtration system and chemicals keep your hot tub clean and safe. The choice of using chlorine or bromine is up to you. An Ozonator will decrease the amount of chemicals needed. This not only kills microorganisms but also bolsters the effectiveness of any chemicals used. Your spa professional can help you decide the right combination for you.
Hot tubs offer a wealth of benefits. The warm water increases circulation, take the pressure off sore joints and provides a gentle massage. Purchasing a hot tub doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Consider your needs to find the best spa for you. When you’re ready to start looking for your spa, come see us at Love’s Hot Tubs.