Spa – Hot Tub Facts – SpaCap

Homeowners often have a number of questions before buying a spa. What is the right  temperature for spa water? How long does it take to fill a hot tub? Should you keep your water hot or heat it up before every use? Here are some facts to these answer common questions:

• A well-maintained hot tub needs to be drained and filled every few months to protect the quality of the water.

• Always consult your user’s manual for directions on cleaning your hot tub.

• Only use hot tub cleaners for your spa.

• The filter should be rinsed every 2 weeks and replaced every year.

• To protect the cover and hot tub from sun damage and weathering,  purchase a cover that does not use vinyl. All spa cover vinyls are rated by HOURS outdoors. Hot Tub Covers from use Sunbrella Marine fabric which is rated by YEARS outdoors.

• There are products that will remove scratches from a hot tub shell.

• Evaluate warranties to ensure every component of your hot tub is included, without exclusions.

• The time it takes a hot tub to heat up varies, but on average the temperature will increase between 5 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. For this reason most spa owners keep the water at the target temperature since it is easier to maintain it than wait for it to reheat. There are heaters that will heat the spa water faster, typically gas that are employed on custom spas that cannot be covered. But these are not found in the average self contained spa.

• General maintenance on a hot tub should take a few minutes per week. This includes chemical checks and adding any deficient chemicals.

• A hot tub will cost anywhere from $30–50 per month on average to run continuously. The cost will always be impacted by the temperature of the area where the hot tub is placed, the ambient temperature, the insulation of the spa and the spa cover.

• It will take a hot tub an average of 1.5 to 2 hours to fill.

Health Considerations

• Always drink water if you plan to stay in the spa for an extended period of time.

• Hot tubs can cause skin to dry out, so apply moisturizer after prolonged use.

• People with pacemakers should avoid hot tubs because of the high temperatures.

• Catching a sexually transmitted infection from a hot tub is highly unlikely unless engaging in sexual activity.