After a long day at work, what better way to unwind than by jumping in your very own hot tub. For many, the idea just seems like an unrealistic dream, however it doesn’t need to be. In fact, you can get your very own hot tub at a fraction of the cost you are probably expecting. How? By going down the inflatable route.
Where Can You Put the Hot Tub
Whilst you may not need the same level of space for your inflatable hot tub as you would for a solid structure, you do need to think carefully about where you want it to go. You need to ensure that the area is flat and free from bumps or potential popping hazards, such as stones or sharp thorns. It should also be a solid space which can easily hold the weight of the tub and those who will be relaxing inside.
The beauty of an inflatable hot tub rests in its flexibility. You don’t have to spend days, or even weeks, constructing it in your outdoor space as you would with a solid structure. Instead, you can inflate and deflate as you wish, moving from different spaces, although the disposal of water may need to come into your decision to do so. Think about whether the space you have chosen will be suitable for this if you are wanting to move it around.
Another thing to take into consideration is the level of privacy you will have in your chosen space. You may feel relaxed when you step into the hot tub, but that may soon disappear when you notice the neighbours peering out of their window. You should also ensure that the area is lit well to prevent accidents. Some tubs will come with lights which can make the experience more calming, yet if there is insufficient lighting when it’s time to get out, you may struggle to make it back to the house safely.
How to Choose Your Hot Tub
As with any major purchase, checking out reviews is a must to ensure that you get the quality that you require at a price suitable for your budget. You should also look into individual features, so you can guarantee that you aren’t left wishing that you’d gone for the next model instead.
Whilst most hot tubs come with powerful jets to provide ultimate relaxation, the number, and type of jets is an important feature to check. Air jets are the most common and can provide a calming soak for the whole family. However, if you are looking at buying a hot tub to help with medical needs, choosing a tub with hydro jets would be wise. This type of hot tub will usually be more expensive, however, they are more powerful and will, therefore, help when it comes to improving circulation, or for an intense massage.
Whilst buying a hot tub can be an exciting experience, you may not be as happy when you find that you, and your friends or family members, cannot fit in. Check the dimensions before purchasing to make sure that it will fit in your area, and that those who will regularly be using it will fit in comfortably.
Estimating Electricity Costs
Always look for a hot tub which can heat water economically and comes with a range of heating options. Temperature can be a very personal thing, so if you are buying a hot tub with a view to using it with multiple people, you are best going for multiple temperature controls. You should also look into the cost to run your hot tub. Whilst you may have come across a great deal, it may cost more in the long run to heat your economy tub than it would for a more expensive one. Do your research on running costs before taking the plunge.
Maintaining Your Hot Tub
It is important to remember that whilst owning a hot tub can be an amazing luxury, it will also need regular cleaning and routine maintenance. Your hot tub will come with a manufacturer’s guide and it is important to follow this thoroughly to make sure that you get the most out of it, and to ensure that it will last for as long as possible.
The filters will need to be regularly cleaned, particularly when the hot tub is in regular use and you will also need to check the water levels to ensure that they comply with the minimum and maximum levels allowed. The water will also need attention, which can be achieved using the recommended chemicals.
Most hot tubs will come with a cover which should always be used when the tub is not in use. This will prevent any debris finding its way into the tub, preventing you from spending the time you could be soaking away your worries, trying to fish out dirt and bugs. It is also advisable to store your hot tub away during the colder weather, or prolonged periods where it is not being used, to prevent it from getting damaged.
Overall, a hot tub can be an amazing investment if you use it correctly. Before purchasing, always read the reviews and detailed information to ensure that it is suitable for you and your space. It can still be a significant sum of money to part with but by following the manufacturer’s instructions, you can jump in the tub after a hard day’s work and let your troubles melt away.