So, you’re thinking about buying a hot tub. But before you take the plunge (literally), there are some basics you need to know about hot tubs and their care. Hot tubs are a fantastic addition to any house. If they are wisely chosen and perfectly maintained, it is possible to gain some health benefits along with amazing comfort and delight.
By the end of this guide, you will be an expert on all things hot tubs and be ready to enjoy many lazy days and nights soaking in your new purchase.
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What is a hot tub and how is it beneficial for our physical and mental health?
Hot tubs are wide, open containers that are filled with hot water. They are used for relaxing or just for fun and sometimes socialising. Overall they give you a soothing and calming experience. Hot tubs are supposed to be a de-stressing experience for your physical and mental health. Spending time in a hot tub can scale down many physical complications. They are a great help in minimising arthritis-induced joint pain, swelling and inflammation. Hot water is also an easy way to recover from soreness or tightness in the muscles. It is also believed that if you spend a certain amount of time every day in the hot tub, you will feel de-stressed and will have a sound sleep.
How does a hot tub work?
When you are ready to relax in your very own hot tub, it is important to know how they work. Here is a quick guide on how hot tubs function so that you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.
Hot tubs are typically filled with water that is heated using an electric or gas heater. The water is then circulated through jets that provide a massage-like effect. Some hot tubs also have air blowers that help to circulate the water and create bubbles.
To maintain the desired temperature, most hot tubs have a thermostat that regulates the heater. For safety, it is important to have a working temperature limit switch that will automatically turn off the heater if the water gets too hot.
How to choose the right hot tub for you
When it comes to choosing a hot tub, there are a few things you need to take into account. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right hot tub for you:
- Size – The size of the hot tub is important because you need to make sure it will fit in the space you have available. You also need to make sure there is enough room for people to move around comfortably.
- Budget – Hot tubs can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It is important to know how much you are willing to spend before you start looking at hot tubs.
- Features – There are many different features available on hot tubs these days. Some of the more popular features include jets, lights and heaters. You need to decide which features are most important to you and look for a hot tub that has those features.
- Warranty – Make sure you find out what kind of warranty is offered on the hot tub before you buy it. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected in case anything goes wrong with the product.
How do I maintain a hot tub and what do I need to know as a beginner?
If you have a hot tub in your home, you are really lucky because having a hot tub is like having a spa in your own home. Socialising, relaxing with your family or just spending a little alone time there is a wonderful feeling. But unless you don’t want to spend that time worrying about the condition of the tub, regular maintenance is a must.
Maintaining hot tubs is not a troublesome task, but if you procrastinate and constantly ignore them, they will give you a hard time in the long run. It only takes regular and scheduled maintenance to keep them running for a fair amount of time, specifically for the small hot tubs. Not cleaning regularly will give dirt, algae or debris time to build up. It is needless to say that using it in this condition will cause a lot of physical difficulties. Obviously, you do not want that, so scheduled cleaning is essential. Good maintenance is also needed for perfect water flow.
A hot tub owner needs to be aware of the primary information about it. You should know your tub’s model number, variety, water capacity etc. Knowing basic things like whether your tub is considered an acrylic tub or the capacity of the tub will make it easier for you to find the right parts and treatment for it. Keep an eye on the water circulation. Make sure the water circulation in your hot tub is functioning if you want to maintain a hygienic environment. Hot water tubs circulate the water and run it through the built-in filters to avoid dirt and debris build-up. If your hot tub has automatic water circulation, you don’t have to worry about it. Just check occasionally to see if it is running or needs servicing. But if your hot tub does not come with automatic water circulation, run it every two to three days to keep the water clean.
By now you should have a good understanding of what hot tubs are and how they work. You also know a few of the benefits that come with owning one. Now is the time to do your research and figure out which type of tub is right for you and your budget. With so many different models on the market, there is sure to be one that fits your needs perfectly. Once you have found the perfect tub, all that is left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy!