What to Know Before Buying a Hot Tub
The benefits of a hot tub are no longer debatable, but before taking the plunge it’s important to know what this investment involves. Here are the things you should take into consideration before making your purchase.
What you should know before making your purchase
First, it’s important to identify your needs so that you buy a hot tub that is right for you. There are many models available on the market – be sure to do your homework ahead of time.
What are the reasons for buying a hot tub? Is it to relax after a long day, to take a dip after physical exercise in order to relax your muscles, or to relieve chronic back pain? In the first case, a spa equipped with about thirty jets will meet your needs, while fifty or so jets would be better in the two other cases.
Also, ask your municipality or your insurance company about regulations that are in force (for example, different distances that need to be respected), as this may affect the model you choose.
The ideal location
It is recommended that you install the hot tub in a sunny location that is not too windy, to help maintain the water temperature. This should not be overlooked, particularly if you plan on using it in the winter. It will also help minimize electricity costs.
Because a hot tub needs to be filled and emptied, it must be reachable with a garden hose in order to fill it and the hose must be long enough to reach the street in order to empty it. As for electricity, it is advisable to install your hot tub at a distance of less than 50 metres from your home to avoid a drop in voltage that could seriously damage its engine. Beyond 50 meters, an electric wire of a higher caliber must be used.
Important: Once it is filled with water and has the maximum number of people in it, a hot tub can weigh up to 3,000 kg. You must therefore ensure that the structure that supports it is strong enough.
Maintaining your hot tub and its water quality
The water in a hot tub can reach a temperature of 40° C (104° F), meaning it’s a real bacteria factory. Regular maintenance must therefore be performed to ensure the water is sanitary. Prior to filling your hot tub for the first time, a water analysis must be carried out to determine its different parameters (pH level, hardness and alkalinity). Specialized retailers will be able to analyze it and then inform you of the various products to add to the water when filling your hot tub.
To adequately take care of your hot tub’s water, you must also analyze it using a test kit. Of course, the more you use your hot tub, the more often you will need to test its chemical balance.
Watch for our next article, which will focus on the short- and long-terms costs involved in buying and maintaining a hot tub.