Have You Been Dreaming Of Adding A Hot Tub To Your Backyard?
Now that summer is just a memory and fall is coming to an end, you might be dreaming of adding a hot tub to your backyard. Just the thought of a hot tub makes you feel more relaxed and cozy. You close your eyes and think about lounging in hot water and gazing up at the stars on a cold winter night. Nothing sounds more inviting or soothing after a long day. But there is more to the process than just making a purchase online.
The Biggest Drawback
When you are considering a self-contained hot tub or spa, the initial investment will be the drawback for many homeowners. The cost of a very, very basic unit comes in at a few thousand dollars. But when you start increasing the size and features, the price quickly increases to that of a gently used car. Spending $10,000 on a spa and installation is not unheard of. And depending on the unit, you could require additional plumbing and electrical work to accommodate your relaxation hot spot.
You will also want to think about where you are going to locate the spa in your yard. If you have adequate patio space, there will be no issue. But be sure that the area is at least ten feet from overhead power lines. Also, the spa must be placed at least five feet from the electrical panel to meet code.
An Ongoing Investment
Even if you are ok spending the money to buy a new hot tub, don’t forget to consider the recurring costs. The first expense will be the electricity used to heat the water and operate the motor to make the jets function. Depending on the climate and cost of electricity in your area, this could be anywhere from $50 to $100 each month. And that warm water you are soaking in is not free. Each time you drain and clean the unit, you will see an increase in your water bill. And then there are the chemicals needed to keep the water sanitized and safe for use. That will vary depending on the spa you purchase and the capacity. Be sure to ask your salesperson for their estimate on the cost of chemicals for the unit you are interested in purchasing.
Time For Maintenance
While you might only be imagining the hours that you will enjoy sitting up to your neck in warm bubbling water, don’t forget that this fantastic feature will need some regular care. Testing the pH, adding chemicals, cleaning filters, draining and refilling the spa after cleaning all take time out of your busy schedule. And if you do not see yourself having time to accomplish all of these added tasks, then be sure to make time to find a reliable spa service. You don’t want to pay for a spa and installation but miss out on enjoying it because the water is dirty.
If we have not scared you off from the thought of owning a spa by now, you must really be considering this purchase. And while there are costs involved and some other drawbacks, as we have mentioned, there are many great benefits. The most significant benefit is the therapeutic value of a spa. Soaking in the warm water with the jets pulsing against sore muscles is a great way to relax after a long day at work. Just a short soak in the spa can relax your stiff, sore muscles and significantly improve your night’s sleep.
If you happen to suffer from arthritis, a spa could be the most beneficial therapy you can find to relieve your joints’ constant ache. Just be sure that the spa is installed in a location that you can access without the risk of falling. Many homeowners elect for a sunken spa that is easier to enter and exit without the concern of falling from steps.
The addition of a self-contained spa or hot tub to your backyard can be one of the best investments that you ever make. But to protect yourself and your investment, call (706) 303-0987 and speak to a Drain Surgeon professional about the installation process and code in your community.