Questions to ask before buying a hot tub
Town & Country Pool Builders offer five things to consider before buying a hot tub or spa
You may not want to think about it, but Labor Day typically signals the end of summer and leads many swimming pool owners in Maryland to think about the possibility of having to close up the pool for the season; perhaps not right now, but soon. If you can’t bear the idea of a winter without access to water have you considered talking with your Maryland swimming pool contractor about having a hot tub installed in your backyard or as a part of the pool itself or even in a spare room in the house?
A hot tub is ideal during the cool and potentially snowy winter months when you just want to sink into heated water and relax by the soothing jets. Or what about those times, though when you just want to sit back, sip a glass of wine and relax in soothing, warm waters after a long day at work? Whether you choose to have a hot tub or spa for its therapeutic attributes or simply for fun, there are a few things to consider.
A hot tub or spa can be a beautiful accessory to your backyard or deck, in addition to offering healthy comforts. From traditionally designed wooden barrel shaped hot tubs to fiberglass models, they come in myriad shapes and sizes. Regardless of the model you choose, the water needs to be maintained the same as a swimming pool; it needs to be circulated, filtered and treated with chemicals to kill bacteria.
The first order of business will be to decide where to place the spa: a secluded area of your yard or on your deck? Take your privacy into consideration when placing the hot tub as well as the location to plumbing and electrical outlets as well as how far you will have to walk to get to the hot tub in the cold months of winter.
The swimming pool and spa contractors from Town & Country Pools also offer these five items for your consideration:
- Before you go spa shopping come up with an idea on how much you want to spend. It is easy to be swayed to a larger and perhaps not affordable spa package once you hit the show room as the hot tub designs are all so alluring. Just make sure you have a budget in mind and stick to it. Keep in mind, though that you don’t want to skimp on quality because your hot tub is made to be a long-term investment for your family.
- How many people will use the hot tub or spa on a regular basis? Will it be a space for entertaining or relaxation or for the health benefits of it? Will you need handlebars for support while getting in and out of the hot tub? Do you want padded or fiberglass benches?
- Will the your hot tub/spa as an entertainment hotspot? If so, you might want to consider a television or stereo set up as part of the package.
- The jets on a hot tub can be adjusted to offer deep muscle hydrotherapy or soft tissue massage and that, coupled with the hot water, can offer health benefits beyond simple relaxation.
- What kind of look and feel do you want for your spa? How will it if into the decor of your yard in general or will the spa be the beginning of a design phase for your back yard or deck? Choose colors and styles according to your needs – both current and future.
Make sure you wear a bathing suit when you shop for your hot tub as you will want to climb in and check out the style of jets and the placement of them as well.