5 Questions you need to ask before buying a Hot Tub or Spa
Making a Big purchase can be an intimidating experience for many people. You want to get the best product for the best price and at the end of the day feel like you’ve got a great value! If you don’t understand what questions to ask this can be a daunting task. There are several very important factors you need to understand before purchasing your first Hot Tub or Spa so we’ll try to help you make your purchase less intimidating.
At Advanced Spa And Pool of Hudson NH we will try to help you sift thru the rhetoric and understand the basics of Total Relaxation.
First let’s try to understand the difference between a Hot Tub and a Spa. Traditionally a Hot Tub was a round “Tub of Water” with a simple bench to sit on, a few jets, and a simple heat source. Some early models even had no pump and used the heat transfer from a wood fired heat box to circulate the water and heat. A Spa (No, not where you get a makeover) was traditionally a more advanced small body of water with molded seating, a pump or pumps to circulate the water, and offered a more therapeutic massage. Today the terms Spa and Hot Tub are nearly synonymous as they are both recognized as a means for Relaxation, Therapy, and Family together time!
Here are the most important questions to ask when purchasing a Spa of Hot Tub:
How big of a Spa do I need?
Most manufacturers typically describe their spas as a “six seater”, or an “eight seater”. This is generally highly inaccurate. The spa may have (8) seats but there is no way you will fit (16) legs in the foot well. It would be far more accurate to say “Eight Seating Positions”, therefore you will probably be more comfortable in a bigger unit than squeezing into a model with only the correct number of seats for bathers.
Where do I put my Hot Tub?
We are in New England so most Hot Tubs/Spas are situated outside to enjoy the four seasons. If your spa has an impervious bottom (such as a molded nylon pan) and an all resin exterior it will withstand the temperature and weather variations and insect/rodent infestation. The tub can rest on a cement or paver brick slab, a properly graded crushed stone base or a wood/synthetic deck (If the deck is raised off the ground have a properly licensed contractor inspect the deck for the weight load needed to accommodate the Spa, Water, and bathers).
What type of insulation is best for New England?
Being in New England our temperatures can range from 0 degrees in the winter to 90+ in the summer so insulation is very important. Hot Tubs/Spa are all made differently so it is important to understand what is best for you! There are promotional style Hot Tubs which offer NO insulation and these units are not good for an outdoor application in the winter. There are Fully Foamed Spas which offer a slightly better R value for insulation purposes but lend to huge problems in the event of a plumbing leak in later years. The best option in ASAP’s opinion is a Hot Tub or Spa with a dead air space insulation combined with a cabinet which has a layer of insulation around the perimeter. The motors of today’s Spas generate tremendous heat which gets trapped in the cabinet surrounding the entire spa. This is very efficient as well as having the plumbing exposed in this type of application makes for extremely Easy and Cost Effective Plumbing repairs in the future. The best of both worlds!!
What type of Spa Cover should I get?
Being that MOST heat loss is always up, having the best cover always makes sense. For outdoors a minimum of 4” thick with a taper (so water and snow will melt and roll off) is needed. Better yet, we at Advanced Spa And Pool offer the “Atlas Cover” which is a 6” extra dense foam cover as a replacement.
What should I look for in a warranty?
Most spas come with a warranty on Equipment, Plumbing, and Accessories. Generally, the accessories will be covered by a one year warranty, the plumbing by 2-5 years and the equipment as well a 2-5-year warranty. The Quality of the tub generally dictates the length of warranty with entry level units at 2-3 years and full optioned high quality units offering 5 years. MOST Importantly are the details from the retailer you purchase your spa from. Many charge the customer a destination or trip charge even under warranty or mileage allowance, and after the unit is out of warranty will not service the unit at all (Most manufacturers require the retailer to honor the warranty thru its end but after do not require any further service commitment especially if they no longer sell the brand. Advanced Spa And Pool does NOT charge any additional Labor, Trip, or mileage fee for any repair covered under the Manufacturer’s warranty through the entire term of the warranty. ASAP also services and repairs most ALL brands on the market after the warranty expires as long as we are able to obtain parts (Even if we did not sell the unit originally).
ASAP will stand with you through the life of your purchase!
We hope this helps you in your search for decades of family fun and relaxation If there is anything we can do to help in your search please let us know!