1. Shop around to find the best price.
2. Determine the right placement for your tub.
3. Choose a tub with the right dimensions.
4. Decide on the shape you want.
5. Consider maintenance requirements.
6. Buy a tub cover.
Shop around to get the best price.
Just like any other purchase, you should shop around first to get the best price for your hot tub. Remember that you are not only paying for the tub as there are other items that you will have to get like an insulating cover and water care products. There’s also the fee for delivery and installation to take into consideration. These are “add-ons” that are typically not included in the purchase price. Shop around first by getting multiple quotes and comparing them before buying.
Determine the right placement for your hot tub.
Decide where you want to place your tub. Would you want to place it outside? If that’s the case make sure it is easy to access. You should be willing to trek through the snow just to access the hot tub during the winter if you are to put it outside your house. Maybe you should place it on your deck or perhaps few steps from your back door.
Now if you don’t want to trek through the snow during the winter season, you might want to place the hot tub in your bathroom. You should also look into the size of the hot tub and ensure that it would fit in the said room. Plus, you must have a ventilation system to control the humidity and smell of the chemicals.
Choose a tub with the right dimensions.
Hot tubs come in various shapes and sizes. It can be as narrow as 4 feet x 7 feet, good enough for two persons, or as wide as 8 feet by 11 feet which is good enough to accommodate 10 people. In terms of height, it can range between 30 to 40 inches although the most common is 36 inches.
You should also consider the number of people in your household who will be using the hot tub. Do you intend to have regular hot tub parties? Then you will have to get a bigger tub, preferably one with a lot of seats. You must also take into consideration the height of the people who are to use the tub.
Of course, you will have to go back to the place where you intend to put the hot tub. Make sure that the hot tub’s size will fit in the area where you want it to be placed. You can contact the hot tub retailer to conduct a visit and help you determine the right size of the tub, given the space you have at home.
Decide on the appropriate shape.
Hot tubs generally come in square and circular. However there are some firms that would allow you to customize the shape of your hot tub, depending on the area where you intend it to place as well as your budget. When picking out a shape, you should also consider that circular hot tubs allow for a larger occupancy while square often restricts capacity.
Consider its maintenance requirements.
Like other big investments, you would want to maintain your hot tub to keep it in good condition. You can’t expect it to take care of itself, so you should also consider how much you are going to spend for its maintenance. If you’re a busy individual, you would also have to determine how much time you can set aside for its regular maintenance requirements.
For instance, you have to drain and refill the hot tub every 3-4 months. This would enable you to wipe down the walls as well as clean the hot tub cover. You would also have to regularly replace the filter.
A more frequent task would be adding chlorine and bromine, and checking whether the water composition is suitable for use. On average, you will have to spend around 15-20 minutes a week just for these tasks.
Find an appropriate tub cover.
Make sure that your hot tub has an appropriate cover. A hot tub cover is important as it not only hinders the heat from escaping but it also prevents airborne debris from entering it. You should find a hot tub cover that is solid, insulated, and with locks that can easily fasten onto one side of the hot tub. A good hot tub cover should last 2 to 3 years before you will eventually need to replace it.
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