Looking for a great feature for an outdoor living space? Have you considered putting in a hot tub or spa? There are many mental benefits of a hot tub or spa, as well as health benefits. In spring 2014, over 20 million households in the United States owned either a spa, pool, or hot tub and hot tubs have become a major player in the recent “hygge” movement. If you’re looking into getting a hot tub or spa, you want to make sure you look at company that takes care of not just selling a hot tub or spa, but also in maintaining and repairing high quality hot tubs and spas. If the company you buy your hot tub from supplies the chemicals and other supplies needed, it makes your life that much easier. And, if they have factory-certified, in-house crew that will professionally install your hot tub — and brief you on use and maintenance — as well as offer a service department, you’re all set!
What are the Mental and Physical Benefits to Having a Hot Tub?
A hot tub is a great way to relax and unwind after a stressful day or week. The warm water helps soothe muscles and lull you into relaxation — and even meditation! The warm water encourages increased blood flow and your breathing will also likely relax, which improves hormone balance. Furthermore, the warm water can provide a comforting feeling as you sit.
A hot tub can help alleviate some of the stiffness from arthritis and are helpful for those who suffer from circulation issues; the warm water makes your blood vessels dilate, which improves blood flow. A study of Finnish men that was held over the course of 20 years found that frequent sauna baths could help your longevity. And the New England Journal of Medicine has recent studies that show that people with Type 2 Diabetes had an easier time controlling their weight and plasma sugar levels when they were immersed in hot water for a half hour six days a week.
It is important to note, however, that according to the United States Product Safety Commission, water temperatures should never get above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
What Should I Know About Hot Tubs?
A high quality hot tub can last over 18 years — which makes the price tag a little more reasonable. Generally you can expect a good hot tub to be anywhere in the price range of $5,550 to $15,000. However, it’ll usually only cost between $20-$30 to run every month, even if you have a large hot tub.
A hot tub is definitely something you want to have a professional install, as even empty, they can weigh nearly 1,000 pounds. You’ll also need to install a breaker for your electrical control box, because the voltage of a hot tub runs higher than normal home outlets.
Make sure you’re informed about how to regularly clean and care for your hot tub. Not only will regular cleaning and maintenance extend the lifetime of your hot tub, it’ll also provide a cleaner and healthier environment for you to enjoy.
What Should I Look For In a Hot Tub?
You want your hot tub to be insulated (and most high quality ones will be), to ensure that the heat stays put for longer. It’s also worth investing in a hot tub cover — even one with a small R-value can have as much as a 75% reduction when it comes to hot tub heating costs, compared to leaving your hot tub completely uncovered.
Most hot tubs also need a hardwired, 240 volt 50 amp circuit. You’ll want to install your spa or hot tub at least 10 feet away from any power lines that run overhead and at least six feet from the spa sub panel as well.
A hot tub or spa can add a wonderful outdoor activity to your home — and can even increase your home’s value! Enjoy physical and mental benefits from your hot tub installation.