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FAQs

Whether you already have a hot tub on your deck or patio, or you are considering purchasing a new model, you may have questions. This list of Frequently Asked Questions, and answers, is meant to assist you. We believe that well-informed buyers will choose a hot tub. Feel better, spend more time together, and relax. Visit one of our showrooms to ask about how easy it is to own a hot tub.

SHOULD I BUY A HOT TUB?

Making the decision to buy a hot tub is a big one, it’s not something you do every day, after all. Your lifestyle will greatly impact the decision to purchase a hot tub. Before making the decision, ask yourself these following questions:

1. Can I afford the initial cost of a hot tub?
2. Can I afford the long-term maintenance and care that a spa requires?
3. Is my backyard or home big enough for a hot tub installation?
4. Will I benefit from fewer aches and pains, better sleep and reduced stress?
5. Do I have enough time to care for a hot tub? If not, will I consider routine spa service?
6. Will my family benefit from and use a hot tub?
7. Am I willing to invest in a longer-lasting, higher-quality hot tub?

If you said yes to one or more of the questions above, a hot tub might be right for you! Speak with an expert at your local hot tub dealership to learn more about the prices, sizes and brands available to you.

HOW MUCH DO HOT TUBS COST?

Hot tub prices can range anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 or more. The price of a hot tub will depend on a variety of factors, such as:

• Brand
• Model
• Age
• Location
• Features
• Size
• Capacity
• Materials

Keep in mind, hot tubs with a better quality will likely have a higher price point. In most cases, you get what you pay for, which is why cheaper hot tubs with a lower quality tend to not last as long, have more maintenance costs and repairs, and offer a lesser experience. Although a lower price point may seem like a great way to cut costs during the initial purchase, it can have many disadvantages in the long run.

HOW DO I CLEAN A HOT TUB?

How you clean your hot tub will depend on the brand and model. During the initial purchase, you should have been provided with a set of detailed cleaning guidelines for your specific spa. If not, you can reach out to your hot tub dealership or the manufacturer for more information. Most hot tubs should have their water tested on a weekly basis to ensure the pH and chlorine levels are balanced. If the test reveals that the water is not balanced, use the proper chemicals to treat the water accordingly. During this time, you should also rinse the filter and inspect the spa system for any damage or issues, including the cover and steps.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY HOT TUB WATER?

You should change the water in your hot tub three to four times a year. During this time, you will drain the water, clean the hot tub, inspect the components, refill the tank, and treat the water with water care products accordingly. If the water appears foamy, cloudy or murky, you may need to change the water sooner than expected.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY HOT TUB FILTER?

Your hot tub filter should be…

Rinsed with water from the hose every two weeks
Soaked overnight in a filter cleaning solution every two months.
Replaced once a year with a new, fresh filter

As a general rule of thumb, you should always have an extra hot tub filter available. If anything were to happen to your filter, you will have an extra handy. Not to mention that you can place it in the hot tub while the other is being cleaned.

WHAT IS A SWIM SPA?

A swim spa is a medium to large-sized spa system that can be installed in just about any backyard or home. These spa systems can range from 12 to 20 feet in length, with two separate areas designed for leisure and recreation. A large tank area offers many of the benefits that a swimming pool would, with more room to swim freely, exercise, play games, or simply relax. On the other end is a smaller area similar to that of a hot tub, with many seats and jets available for relaxation. Complete with a spa stereo system and control panel, you can customize your swim spa experience to meet your each and every need.

ARE SWIM SPAS WORTH IT?

For most, swim spas can prove to be absolutely worth it. Often described as a hybrid system between a hot tub and swimming pool, you can receive the benefits of both. Use one area of the swim spa for swimming, exercise, games, and lounging on floaties, and the other area for stress relief and relaxation. Some benefits of swim spas can include:

  • Increased home value
  • Better quality of life
  • Improved backyard lifestyle
  • Improved overall health
  • Reduced stress
  • Weight maintenance
  • Eased muscle tension
  • Soothed joint pain
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Better post-injury recovery

CAN YOU EXERCISE IN A SWIM SPA?

You can exercise in most swim spas. Many swim spas are fully-equipped with a high-powered jet stream system, that can create a stream of water that is powerful enough for one to swim, walk or run against. Swim in space without the need to push off against a wall, stop or turn around. Simply turn on the jet and set to your preferred speed for a low-impact cardiovascular workout. The exercise opportunities don’t end there. You can also engage in rowing and other exercises while in the comfort of your spa.
Before starting any exercise regimen, we recommend speaking with a physician first to ensure your best health.

SHOULD I INSTALL MY POOL ABOVE OR BELOW GROUND?

Installing your pool above ground or below ground will depend on several factors, including your budget, lifestyle and backyard layout. Both installations have their own set of positives, but it will come down to your lifestyle on which you move forward with.

In-ground swimming pools
• More functional
• Better aesthetic
• Longer installation
• More expensive
• Lasts longer

Above-ground swimming pools
• Reduced risk of injury from slips and falls
• Reduced costs
• Easier to move locations
• Less invasive installation

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY HOT TUB COVER?

Most hot tub covers should offer about five years of good use. When maintained for regularly, hot tub covers will last longer and offer better results. Hot tub covers of a lesser quality or that aren’t maintained regularly may have to be replaced as soon as after a year of use.

Signs that you need to replace your hot tub cover can include:
• Rips or tears
• Damaged or deteriorating material
• Heaviness
• Foul odor

If you notice that the material has ripped or was torn, we recommend having it repaired right away. Damaged or deteriorating material can allow for water to seep through the protective lining, leading to moisture build-up and bacteria growth. That is why heaviness is a sign that your hot tub cover needs to be replaced, because it is full of moisture and likely bacteria too.

HOW TO CLEAN MY HOT TUB COVER?

Once a month, remove your hot tub cover and lean it up against a fence or deck, where you will rinse it off with water from the hose. Using a sponge or cloth and a cover cleaning solution, wipe down the cover and remove any built-up dirt or debris. Rinse with water from the hose and allow to dry. Once dry, spray with a UV protectant spray for additional protection from the elements.

WHAT IS HYDROTHERAPY?

Gaining popularity in recent years, hydrotherapy is an effective therapeutic technique that harnesses the healing properties of warm, flowing water: heat, buoyancy and massage.

Heat helps your muscles and joints to relax and let go of any built-up tension.
Buoyancy lifts weight and pressure from your body, giving it a well-deserved break and enabling further rest and relaxation.
Massage from the jets helps to penetrate some of the most stress-prone areas of the body, helping to ease aches and pains.

Soaking in a hot tub for as little as 20 minutes several times a week can lead to a variety of health benefits, including:
• Soothed joint pain
• Eased muscle tension
• Better sleep patterns
• Reduced stress
• Improved post-injury recovery

HOW CAN I MAKE MY BACKYARD SAFER?

There are a variety of improvements that you can make to ensure a safer backyard:

• Install a tall and strong fence
• Install a fence around your pool, swim spa or hot tub
• Place a cover that locks on your pool or spa
• Keep a first aid kit in an easily-accessible location
• Ensure your family is trained in first aid and CPR
• Pool owners should have a rescue pole, hook or rope available
• Always ensure the water is clean and safe for use
• Keep a pitcher of iced water or water bottles available for hydration
• Keep pets leashed or inside if they are prone to jumping in the water

SHOULD I BUY A POOL OR HOT TUB?

Deciding on a pool or hot tub will depend on your lifestyle, budget and personal preferences. If you are looking for a new approach to recreation, exercise or entertainment and have a larger backyard, a swimming pool might be right for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking to reduce stress, ease aches and pains, and find a new way to relax, a hot tub might be the solution you’re looking for.

If you can’t decide between the two, it sounds like you seek secret option number three: a swim spa! This spa system is smaller than a pool, but larger than a hot tub. In fact, many describe these systems as a hybrid between a pool and hot tub. With two separate areas, one for recreation and the other for relaxation, swim spas can prove to make the perfect addition to just about any backyard.

 


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