Thinking of buying a hot tub or spa? Want answers to some basic questions?

Here are several important things to think about before you go shopping ---

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What's the difference between a hot tub and a spa?

None. Most people use the terms interchangeably.

Where can I put a hot tub?

There are models for both inside and outside the house. Remember, if you're thinking of installing an:

Inside Hot Tub

  • Make sure you have adequate room for the tub, external filters, accessible plumbing hook ups, and a place to install exhaust fans.
  • Make sure your doorways are large enough to bring the tub through for installation.
  • Make sure your floor can support the up to 3,000 pounds of water that is necessary.

Outdoor Hot Tub

  • Make sure you have a good outdoor location that is easily accessible.
  • Think about the decking you want. If you have decking, make sure it can withstand the 3,000 pound weight.
  • Think about having the deck built to suit the hot tub.

Can I install it myself?

Yes, although you may need help with the electrical wiring.

Can I take a test dip, to see what kind of tub I like best?

Yes, many retailers will let you try out various tubs, so take your suit with you!

How much does it cost to operate a hot tub?

In general, between $15 and $50 a month.

Do some hot tubs cost less to operate than others?

Yes. The biggest cost in operating the tub is keeping the water warm. Find an energy-efficient model that holds in the heat.

How much does a hot tub cover cost?

Between $150 and $650.

How do I keep the water clean?

You will need to change the water 3-4 times a year. You also use chemicals and various generators to help keep the water safe and circulating.

What are the names of some common hot tub or spa manufacturers?

Sweetwater Spas, Master Spa, Beachcomber, Hotspring, Sundance, Chrisma.

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