Do you buy your first hot tub?
So you think about buying your first hot tub, huh? Reading this entire article is your first step to the right. As they say, knowledge is power.
Well, you’re going to love your hot tub. And speaking of experience, based on years of running installations and repairs on some of the coldest winters on the planet and with almost all brands and models in the market, there are some things you need to look first before making that big decision makes purchase.
How much money do you want to spend?
First take your finances seriously. What is your budget? do you like to buy cheapest hot tubs or expensive one.Decide what you can spend before you start looking and try to stay within that limit while you turn around.
Not rushed for sellers. They work on commission and make money by disturbing a lot of extras they do not need, but with what awareness, you can confidently go to a hot tub shop, know exactly what you’re looking for, ask the right questions and quit within its price range.
Do not be afraid to negotiate. There are large margins in the whirlpool, especially if you add additional features, so there is always a little room to bargain at your final purchase price. Remember, you do not need them. There are many players in this game that want their money so if they do not want to negotiate, then play with someone else. You do not win here and expect an unreasonable agreement, but it never hurts to ask.
Where will you put your hot tub?
Interior installation: If you install your bathtub inside, your greatest concern is to vent all the moisture coming out of the bath and of course need a good drain.
Exterior Installation: The closer you get home, the lower the installation costs. Such electrical cables that run from your home to the electrical panel of your whirlpool are expensive, so the closer, the better, the work involved, if you have to dig a dig through or who knows how to bury electrical cables.
If you are on the ground, remember that if you live in colder weather, every spring will thaw the ground and when you lay your bath on the floor as soon as the ground melts the next spring, it will shift the weight of water into your bath, which causes considerable stress, and when the shell breaks, you have big problems.
You must dig a hole at least four meters deep below the frost line and pour a deep concrete platform or, if you go on a deck, check if the deck can withstand any extra weight
Before you buy …
Tip: If you take out the edge covers of the edges of the bathtub and look inwards on the back of the shell, make sure it is sprayed but around the connections of the jet hoses, but if the foam has been cut or manipulated there is was a leak somewhere and someone tried to fix it. If there is still water dehydrating, then you still have a problem, and therefore …
Always buy a bath full of water.
This is good to know if you are buying new or used. It would have been a bad seal, but now that you know you know it makes it a good tool to exploit and if you buy in a shop, make sure that these issues are addressed and written on the guarantee in case of a problem is on the way.
Hot Tub Isolation: Do you need it?
Proper isolation is an important factor in keeping your energy bill. Make sure the entire inside of the housing is sprayed with foam insulation at least 33 mm thick / 2.5 inches (standard). 100mm is even better. You can check that the skirting boards surrounding the bathtub cover are screwing out.
Another good insulating factor is a thermo blanket (at least one inch thick, usually 18 inches wide and 30 inches long, depending on the size of your tub), attached to the back of the skirting panels, inside the unit itself. Most look like a rectangular piece of foam with thick tin foil over it screwed right to the back of your skirting on the inside of your tub. (Another NASA invention filtering its way down to the retail markets.) This will work to help keep the cold out while reflecting the heat coming off the pumps back into the open space surrounding the inside of your tub, which in turn helps to control the temperature in your tub so your heating system isn’t working as hard to keep your water temperature exactly where you like it, which also equates to a lower monthly heating bill.
Simply put, when I come home and jump in and my hot tub is at the exact temperature I set it for, all that insulation I just talked about is working, which is exactly what I want it to do.
Hot Tub Jets: How Much? Water or air?
How many jets are a personal choice or based on how many people will use the bath and what parts of your body you want to massage. If you start with 30, 40, 50, 100 or more jets, you need a second water or air pump, so keep this in mind when setting the hot tubs price. You just want to make sure all jets work both air and water.
Water or air jets? It is also good to have a combination of jets, water and air. Water is the largest (jacuzzi) jets and the air is the smallest, 1-inch jets. They work very well together for different effects on a variety of muscle areas. Some parts of your body. As for example, you may need a deep penetrating jet of water massage, and some areas like your feet can enjoy a smoother air bubble massage. It’s great to have both options.
Do you need a hot tub cover?
If you live through cold winters, then the thicker the deck, the better. A five-inch thick four-inch side deck will do a lot of work to keep the heat in the bathtub, where it should be.
Most cabinets feature a standard 3 inch thick cover, but if you live in cold weather, you spend the extra money for a thicker lid. If your carrier does not, go online and order one.
Another thing about the lids is that if there’s a new foot of snow on the floor and a foot of new snow on the top of my hot tub, I’m a hot tubber happy because I know I’m not losing heat directly from the top of my deck or the sides.
If there is snow storm and there is snow on your deck, it means another severe heat loss, which is again equivalent to a higher heating bill. It is not right. Thick custom-made covers are where you are. It’s one of your smart investments.
Do you need a warranty for your whirlpool?
As far as warranty is concerned, the longer the better and make sure your supplier and your manufacturer have arranged long enough to make you feel comfortable with their thoughts. Hopefully we will be close to you in the future to honor you, if anything goes bad with his cheap hot tub for a few years on the way.
Tip: Read the full warranty before you buy and do not be afraid to ask questions and clarify things in writing if you do not understand. Many people listen to what the salesman tells them and believes what they say. They can tell you the truth about everything, but why use this type of investment? Understand the warranty: Pumps, jets, shell, special features, etc. What is the coverage of each?
Extensive guarantees are a huge and huge money maker for any company that offers them, but really take a look at what it offers when you think about buying one. Read it carefully. Do not listen to the seller. If you do not read it and you will be notified when you have a problem, although the salesman told you that it was covered, no guarantee, then you deserve to be fucked. Do not be dumb.
Finally, buying a used Hot Tub
All I can say is never, ever, ever buy a used bubble bath unless it’s full of water even you are buying hot tubs online and enclosed so you can carry out a thorough inspection. Would you buy a second hand car without taking a test? No! so the unit tests the hot tub before buying.
Make sure all jets and other features work. Remove the skirting boards and make sure there are no leaks everywhere. It’s a big problem when the shell leaks: You may need a replacement or snake stamp, but who knows until you take a look.
Last but not least, never let someone drink a glass container in or around your bathtub and I do not care what it is. Nobody has to sit or walk on broken glass and blossoms in the water in the hot tub. Plastic, cans, whatever, but no glass is allowed!