You deserve to enjoy your backyard to the absolute fullest. Whether you’ve decked out your outdoor living space with an at-home spa system like a hot tub or swim spa, you’re bound to have questions from time to time, no matter how experienced you may be. Take a look at the questions and answers below and see if your solution is here. If not, feel free to contact our Sonoma County or Napa County spa dealerships. Our team of experts is here and happy to help.
What Hot Tub is the Best for Me?
Finding the right hot tub for you depends on several different factors. The first thing to consider is size. If you’ll only have a few people in your hot tub, you may find that the Tacoma two-person hot tub or the Capri three-person hot tub is perfect for you. On the other hand, if you’ll have more people using your hot tub at the same time, you’ll want to look for one that holds more people, such as the Kingston model. You also need to keep in mind the space you have and the size of the hot tub you’re considering. A larger hot tub is going to require more space.
Another factor is, of course, the budget. You may need to consider small hot tubs if you don’t have a large budget. Keep in mind the cost to operate the hot tub, too, and the amount of water it takes. Fortunately, there are many affordable models available, and most hot tubs cost very little to operate each month. Keep in mind all of your needs and compare different models to determine which hot tub is the right option for you.
What Accessories Does My Spa Need?
You can accessorize your spa with a number of different products.
Water management products and systems will help keep your spa water clean and remove debris and bacteria. You can add products that test the pH balance of the water and correct it, add sanitizer to the water, filter the water as it is added instead of after it has been in the spa, and much more.
Other accessories include spa covers and cover lifts. These help keep your spa safe and protected when it’s not in use. The cover lift makes it easy to open up your spa when you’re ready to spend some time relaxing in it. You may also want to add a set of hot tub steps so that you can get into your spa without too much difficulty. These steps are designed to be slip-resistant, and some even include an LED light kit so you can see exactly where the stairs are.
HOW FAR AWAY SHOULD MY HOT TUB BE FROM THE HOUSE?
The placement of your outdoor hot tub
depends greatly on three factors:
1. Reliable sources of electricity and water
2. The layout and size of your backyard
3. The personal preferences of you and your family
If the hot tub is not close to a source of electricity, you may come into additional costs to power it from afar. The layout, size and setup of your backyard can also affect where your hot tub will be installed. Permanent features like a deck, patio, swimming pool, or gazebo aren’t easily relocated, even to make way for a hot tub. Due to this, your spa installation may have to be closer to the house or further away.
The last factor is your personal preferences. If your outdoor living space is near the house and you would like to maintain a welcoming atmosphere geared toward functionality and entertainment, then a hot tub installed in that area would likely be the best solution. On the other hand, if you use your backyard to entertain guests, it may be wise to have your spa installed a little further away from the house. This can help to improve privacy for those who might be having a conversation in the hot tub or keep sleeping children inside the house asleep.
HOW MUCH DO HOT TUBS WEIGH?
The weight of a hot tub filled with water can depend on the volume, size and material of the spa. Smaller hot tubs can weigh anywhere from 2,000 to 2,500 lbs when filled with water, while larger hot tubs can weigh over 5,000 lbs once filled. Regardless of the size or weight, you should absolutely ensure that you have a solid foundation for the hot tub to be installed upon, one that can support the weight evenly and without fault.
DO I NEED A HOT TUB COVER?
Although your hot tub technically can operate without a cover, we highly recommend that you invest in one. Hot tub covers help to maintain the temperature of the water, reducing the amount of power required to regulate the temperature as the heat consistently escapes. Keeping a cover on your hot tub also helps to keep bugs, dirt, debris, and rainwater out of the spa water, helping create a much cleaner and safer experience.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY HOT TUB COVER?
A high-quality hot tub cover that is cleaned and maintained regularly shouldn’t need to be replaced for at least five years. Built with strong and durable materials, these hot tub covers are built to last and stand up to the elements, including rain, wind and sun. Using a cloth, water and a spa cleaning solution to clean the cover on a monthly basis can also help to keep it in good condition. Use this time to inspect the spa cover for any rips or tears, as this can lead to the premature replacement.
Cheaper, low-quality hot tub covers may need to be replaced as soon as after one or two years of use.
DOES MY OUTDOOR HOT TUB NEED ADDITIONAL PLUMBING INSTALLED?
No. All above-ground portable spas are filled with water using a garden hose.
What Does the Hot Tub Filter Do?
Your hot tub’s filter is what keeps the water clean and clear. The filter removes any debris that may fall into the hot tub and keeps the water treated so that it does not become contaminated with bacteria. The filter makes it so that you do not need to change the water as often or spend as much time on maintaining your hot tub.
There are a number of different extras you can add to your hot tub to keep the water clean and clear. These additional filtration systems help keep your hot tub clear of pathogens, oxidize the water, remove particles, and more.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE THE HOT TUB FILTER?
Your hot tub filter needs to be changed annually. This will help to ensure that your circulation and filtration system operates in good condition. You should aim to rinse your filter once every two weeks with water from the hose, to dislodge and remove any surface debris. You should also soak your filter in a filter cleaning solution for several hours, if not overnight, about once every two months. This will help to remove any deeper debris or dirt that is found far below the surface.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DRAIN MY HOT TUB OR SWIM SPA?
Drain your hot tub or swim spa every three to four months. How often you change the water can depend on how often the spa is used, the quality of chemicals used to treat the water, the ongoing maintenance of the water, and the condition of the circulation and filtration system.
During each water change, you should:
• Release the drain cap and allow the water to exit the spa completely
• Clean the interior with a spa cleaning solution, rag and water from the hose
• Inspect all components and clean or replace if necessary
• Screw the drain cap back on and fill with fresh water from the hose
• Treat with water care products to ensure safe and clean water
If your water appears cloudy, foamy or murky, you may need to change the water sooner than expected.
WHAT IS A SWIM SPA?
are often described as a hybrid between a hot tub and swimming pool. Ranging from about 12 to 18 feet in length, these modern spa systems can be installed below or above ground and can be used throughout the year. Some offer a dual-temperature experience, as they can be divided by a wall into two separate sections. Once section is longer and deeper with an open-concept space, geared toward recreation and exercise. The other section is very similar to a hot tub, as they are usually equipped with hydrotherapy jets, ergonomic seats and user-friendly control panels. This control panel is what enables you to customize and personalize your experience, from interior LED lights and temperature, to tension-reliving jets or a high-powered jet system that creates a current strong enough for one to swim laps against.
ARE SWIM SPAS HEATED?
Yes, swim spas can be heated. The temperature in each swim spa is fully adjustable, so you can make the temperature of the water cooler or warmer depending on your preference. Swim spas that offer two separate areas are referred to as dual temperature, as you can make one side of the spa a different temperature than the other. Most keep the water in the bigger section cooler than the smaller section, since it is more likely to be used for exercise and recreation due to the extra room and open-concept layout.
CAN YOU EXERCISE IN A SWIM SPA?
Most swim spas
are built with exercise in mind. The large, open-concept layout combined with the water and jet stream system creates the perfect underwater environment for exercise.