Hot Tub Shopping Tips
by Terri Greene
A hot tub is a wonderful addition to any home. It is a relaxing escape from the stresses and pressures of modern living, and can provide you with hours of therapeutic soaking. Whether you decide to put yours in indoors or outside, there are a number of things to consider when shopping for a new spa.
The first thing to think about is the number of people you are hoping to accommodate. If you are planning for an outdoor spa and you like to entertain in the backyard, you will likely need a spa that can hold 5 to 8 people. On the other hand, if you are planning to install your spa indoors you probably won't need more than a 2 to 3 person tub.
The nest thing you should consider is the number of jets you would prefer. Generally speaking, the price of your tub will increase with the number of jets included. The jet systems are often configured in combination with the seating types. Most therapy-type seating will have a wide array of jets to provide you with a full body aqua massage. For the average size spa, you will likely want to have at least 24 jets. Many companies offer upwards of 60 jets in some of their spas. In my opinion, the more the merrier!
Another thing to consider is a water treatment system. Most hot tubs and spas require a number of different chemicals to keep them clean and free of pathogens. Most spa companies now offer Ozone water treatment systems. These are well worth the added expense, as you will save money on purchasing chemicals and you will spend less time doing spa maintenance and cleaning.
There are also a number of different heating systems available on the market. The most common by far is electrical heating, but there are also gas heaters available that are very efficient. Both of these systems will need to be installed by a professional. I also recently read about some wood burning heaters for hot tubs and spas, and they are getting great reviews.
Regardless of the choices you make, you are going to love your new spa. I have had one for a number of years now, and it has provided me with endless hours of fun and relaxation. Be sure to compare prices from different suppliers, and be sure not to buy the first one you see. I would also recommend that you test the tub by actually soaking in it. That is the only way to know if you will really like the one you choose.
About the Author
Terri Greene spends much of her time soaking in her favorite hot tub. When she is not telling her friends about the last hot tub party, she is threatening to sue them if the pictures end up on the internet. In her spare time, she writes for http://www.hottubsandhomespas.com - a resource for anyone interested in Steam Rooms, Spas, Whirlpool Bath Tubs and more.