Best Pool Service contractors in Menifee, California offer maintenance tips for hot tub owners
Is this the year that you will take the plunge and get your family a hot tub? If so you will want to hear these hot tub and spa buying tips from the swimming pool contractors from A Clear Choice Pools in California offer maintenance tips for hot tubs that will keep the water clean and free of bacteria.
Hot tub and spa buying tips
A hot tub or spa is a major investment you want to make certain you’re getting the best hot tub or spa for your family. Here are items to consider before you start your spa buying adventure.
- What’s your budget? Having a budget firmly in mind will help you stick to that number so you’re not getting a hot tub you can’t afford. Keep in mind that a four-seater hot tub cost between $5,000 and up to $10,000, or even more just for the hot tub itself, not adding in the cover and any accessories. Know what you can spend before you talk to your swimming pool builder.
- What size hot tub do you need? To help determine that you will want to know how many people will typically be in the hot tub — if you have a large family who will be gathering there figure that into your calculations. If you have a small family, but are planning to entertain in and around the hot tub, add in seating and upgrade sizing to accommodate that. Here’s a quick and dirty way to calculate the size of the hot tub: multiply 75 gallons by the number of friends and family you expect to share the hot tub with. Decide the size of the tub before you talk to your hot tub service pro. Calculate larger than you need.
- Location. Location. Location. Where will the hot tub be located? Do you have a deck upon which to place it? Is there an area in the yard where you want to place it? Do you need to build a slab to hold it? When you’re making your plans keep in mind that the average hot tub weighs between 100 and 150 pounds per-square-foot.
- Hot tub shell material. Acrylic, fiberglass or wood. Wood looks great, but has disadvantages in cleaning and durability and longevity especially if you live in an area of the country with large temperature fluctuations. Acrylic is the longest lasting and the most popular choice.
- Test drive the hot tub. Because a hot tub is a major investment you will want to test it in every way you can and that means sitting in the styles in which you’re interested. You will need to spend time in the hot tub you’re interested in investing in so you can see if it’s comfortable, at which height you need the seats, the type and placement of the jets. Will you want relaxation jets or therapeutic jets or both?
- Ask for an estimate on what it will cost to run your hot tub or spa and what the estimated costs will be for maintenance and upkeep. Add this into your budeting process before you meet wtih a hot tub contractor.
- Accessories. When purchasing your hot tub you may want to have money set aside for various accessories. A hot tub cover, shouldn’t be considered an accessory, but a necessity. Other accessories and amenities you can add include: a retractable television, heated towel racks, remote control access, a wine cooler, the landscapint you will want to have installed as part of the hot tub project.
Spend some time looking on line and talking with friends and family to get an idea of the types of accessories they have in their hot tub as well as the size and style and the types of jets. Use this information to help you narrow down your options.