As the mercury plummets and snow drifts pile up in your yard, many people turn to a hot tub to weather the winter. If youre considering joining them and buying a tub of your own, be aware – purchasing a hot tub should not be taken lightly.
A faulty or improperly installed tub can lead to serious headaches for homeowners – flooded basements, frozen pipes, cracked pavement. But not to fear! Weve broken down all the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a hot tub, along with some tips to get you started on your search.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Hot Tub
Before you walk into your first hot tub dealer, there are a few questions you need to consider.
Why do you want a hot tub?
People buy hot tubs for many reasons – from therapeutic needs to socializing. Thinking about why you want a hot tub will help you decide everything from the size to the type of tub you buy. Consider how you think it will be used on a daily basis along with how many people will use it and how everyone will use it.
Whats your budget?
Hot tubs range in price from $350 for an inflatable to as much as $10,000 or more, depending on the features you choose. Modern hot tubs come with an array of features from customizable color lights to speakers and jets. Find out what features youre looking for, shop around online, and discuss what options you have with your dealer.
Dont forget to budget for ongoing maintenance costs, including the electricity used to heat your tub. Depending on location, type of tub, and local electricity prices, keeping your tub warm could cost anywhere between $10-$100 per month. Heres a great breakdown of the costs of maintaining a hot tub.
Where is it going to go?
Location is one of the most important aspects of buying a hot tub. If you plan to put it on a deck, make sure the deck can handle the weight – a recommended capacity of 100 pounds per square foot. The same goes for concrete – your hot tub should be sitting on thick enough concrete to prevent cracks, usually around four inches thick. Either way, the surface should be perfectly level or you risk damaging your tub.
Beyond a level platform, your hot tub will likely need access to a power source. Some can run off a basic 120V plug, most run off a 240V socket, which will need to be installed by an electrician. If you dont want to run a cord into the yard, youll likely want to keep your tub close to the house.
Finally, its worth considering how exposed your hot tub will be to the elements. Wind can strip heat from the tub, forcing it to eat more energy to stay warm while snow and rain can damage the cover and components. Homes, fences, and walls all make great windbreaks and even a pergola can keep the snow and branches off the cover.
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