Whether you already have a hot tub on your deck or patio, or you are considering purchasing a new model, you may have questions. This list of Frequently Asked Questions, and answers, is meant to assist you. We believe that well-informed buyers will choose a hot tub. Feel better, spend more time together, and relax. Visit us in the Twin Cities to ask about how easy it is to own a hot tub.
WHAT HOT TUB SHOULD I BUY?
Before buying a hot tub, you should consider the size, cost, number of seats, added features, brand, and age of the spa. The hot tub should be able to accommodate your immediate family. Before visiting your local hot tub dealership, create an honest and fair budget, covering both short-term and long-term financial expenses.
Your expenses may include:
• Hot tub
• Installation and delivery
• Hot Tub chemicals
• Service, maintenance and repair
• Hot tub accessories
• Replacement parts
• Operational costs
Once you’ve decided which model or brand you would like, we recommend scheduling a wet test. Many hot tub dealerships will have a few fully-functional and running models on the floor, solely for this purpose. Give your hot tub dealer a call to schedule your wet test. We recommend sitting in the hot tub for at least 15 minutes, which is enough time for your body to relax and explore the different functions and features available.
HOW MUCH DO HOT TUBS AND SWIM SPAS COST?
The cost of a hot tub or swim spa will depend on the brand, model, size, location, age, and features. Generally, hot tubs can range anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000, whereas swim spas can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $30,000. Before you opt for a hot tub solely because of a low price point, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. A cheap hot tub or swim spa may seem like a great idea at first, but you might end up with a spa that only lasts a couple years, requires many repairs, and doesn’t offer a great hydrotherapy experience. By paying a little more upfront, you’ll likely find yourself investing in a system that has many years of enjoyable hydrotherapy to offer.
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ARE HOT TUBS COVERED BY A WARRANTY?
Most Jacuzzi® Brand Hot Tubs are covered by a warranty. Depending on the model, age and location, this warranty may differ. To learn more about the various warranties available, we recommend speaking with a salesperson prior to finalizing the purchase. To learn more about the available Jacuzzi® Hot Tub warranties available at Twin City Jacuzzi, click here
SHOULD I INSTALL MY HOT TUB INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
Hot tubs can be installed both outside and inside. Outdoor hot tub installations maintain popularity, as a spa can be included in an overall backyard project or outdoor oasis. Indoor hot tub installations are ideal for those with limited backyard space, homeowners who value privacy, or those who would like to include a hot tub as part of their indoor health and wellness area.
Outdoor hot tub installations require:
• A reliable source of electricity
• Proper drainage in place for the backyard
• Protection from the elements
• A tall and sturdy fence for safety
• A strong foundation
Indoor hot tub installations require:
• An entry point that is big enough to fit the hot tub
• Proper ventilation for the moisture and humidity
• Proper safety precautions
• A reliable source of electricity
DO I NEED TO INSTALL AN ADDITIONAL PLUMBING SYSTEM?
No. All above-ground portable spas are filled with water using a garden hose.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY HOT TUB WATER?
How you clean the water inside your hot tub depends on the brand and model. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to test and balance your spa water on a weekly basis, paying attention to how the system is operating and noting if anything changes. Once every three to four months, you should change the water completely. We recommend scheduling a hot tub service appointment at least twice a year to ensure that the system is operating efficiently.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY HOT TUB WATER?
You should change the water in your hot tub once every three to four months. Factors such as how the water is maintained and how frequently the spa is used can have an effect on how often the water should be changed.
HOW DO I CHANGE THE TEMPERATURE IN MY HOT TUB?
You can control your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub using the control panel or with the Jacuzzi® ProLink App on your smartphone. Most quality spas will offer a control panel similar to the one integrated within Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs, but not all hot tub brands offer Bluetooth technology or connected mobile apps. While looking for hot tubs for sale, be sure to ask your dealer about this.
ARE HOT TUBS FULLY-FOAM INSULATED?
Most hot tubs will be equipped with insulation. We recommend speaking with a hot tub expert at your local dealer to learn more about the insulation for each individual model. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs in particular, come fully-equipped with full-foam insulation. This can help to conserve energy and reduce heating costs by maintaining the water temperature and preventing any warmth from escaping or cold from entering.
WHAT IS HYDROTHERAPY?
is a water-based therapeutic technique that utilizes the combination of heat, buoyancy and massage. The heat of the water helps relax the body, as the buoyancy helps to lift up to 90% of the weight from sore muscles and joints. Once in a state of pure relaxation, the hydrotherapy jets can really take effect and offer lasting relief for tense muscles and sore joints.
Hydrotherapy has been shown to offer the following benefits:
• Relieved muscle tension
• Soothed joint pain
• Less stress
• Better sleep patterns
• Improved post-injury recovery
Other water-based therapeutic techniques
that can be used in combination with hydrotherapy include: aromatherapy, reflexology, yoga, watsu, and chromotherapy.
ARE HOT TUB JETS ADJUSTABLE?
Many hot tub jets installed in modern hot tubs are adjustable. This gives you many options when it comes to your hydrotherapy experience. The jets adjust from oscillating to targeted; rotate clockwise, counter-clockwise, or stationary. You can control the flow, volume, and movement of other jets as well. In addition, controlling the amount of air mixed with the water with the air control valves changes the dynamics of the massage. Conveniently placed massage selectors let you divert water from one seat to another to increase or minimize the water flow.
WHAT IS THE CLEARRAY® UV-C WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM?
Cutting-edge and patented, the CLEARRAY® UV-C Water Purification System offers a clean and clear hot tub experience every day. The UV-C technology neutralizes waterborne pathogens and helps to reduce the amount of sanitizer and water care products that are used. Jacuzzi® Hot Tub owners can enjoy clean, fresh and safe water, with a fraction of the work.
WHAT DOES A CIRCULATION PUMP DO?
The circulation pump keeps the water flowing throughout the hot tub, sending it through all of the different compartments and areas. This helps to evenly distribute water care products, regulate the temperature, filter the water, and enhance the overall spa experience.
HOW LONG BEFORE I WANT TO USE THE HOT TUB SHOULD I START HEATING IT?
Find a temperature that both you and your family enjoy, and keep your hot tub set at that temperature. Frequently raising and lowering the temperature, even by a few degrees, can put additional stress on the system. Rather than lowering heating bills, this can actually cost more money than it saves, both with replacement parts and upkeep of the system, and because of how much harder the system has to work to raise the temperature or lower it, rather than simply maintain it.
If you will be going away on vacation or won’t be using the spa as much during the summer months, lowering the temperature can prove to be a smart idea. There are even energy-efficient modes that you can turn on.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY HOT TUB INSTALLATION SAFE?
Ensuring a safe outdoor hot tub area begins with the installation. We recommend having your local hot tub dealership deliver and install the hot tub, while a trusted electrician ensures that the electrical system is secure. From there, patio furniture can be set in place to keep items off the ground, while exterior lights can be installed to illuminate the area, especially at night. Finally, never allow your hot tub to exceed a temperature of 104° F.