What's the Best Hot Tub

Table of Contents
Why should I buy a Hot Tub?
The Real cost of owning a Hot Tub
Types of Hot Tubs
Hot Tub Electric concerns - 220 vs. 110
Your options: Seats
Your options: Jets
Your options: Filtration and Purification
Your options: Surround
Your options: Cover
Shopping options: Local Dealer
Shopping options: Big Box Retailers
Shopping options: Online
Where to locate your new hot tub
Going to put it on a deck?
Hot tub foundations
What type of buyer are You?
"x" Person Hot Tub
How to shop for a spa
How to insulate a hot tub
How to drain a hot tub
How to clean a hot tub
How to buy a hot tub
How to build a concrete slab
How to treat hot tub rash
How to drain a hot tub with a hose
How to drain a hot tub for winter
How to level a hot tub
How to winterize a hot tub
How much chemical
How to make it work
Pea gravel base
Foam problems?
How to raise PH in your hot tub
How to lower PH in your hot tub
Save on hot tub electric bill
How to fix heavy hot tub cover
How to clean scale off of a hot tub
How high to fill a hot tub
How to fix hot tub HFL errors
How to remove mildew from hot tubs
Best hot tub chemicals?
How to kill staph in a hot tub
Remove jets
How to use the drain plug
Clean hot tub jets
Can I fill my hot tub with soft water?
Clean your filter with Muriatic acid
How to move a hot tub
Clean your filter in the dishwasher?
How to lower alkalinity levels
Reduce hardness of your water
You can repair freeze damage
How to stop hot tub overheating
Balance your chemicals
Support your hot tub on a deck
Can bleach be used in hot tubs?
How to eliminate bacteria
Repair your cracked hot tub
How to prime a hot tub pump
Organic alternatives
Hot tub age restrictions
Mice in your hot tub?
How to make your hot tub smell good
How does a hot tub pump work?
Hot tub health risks?
How to buy a cheap hot tub
Make your own spa defoamer
How to clean spa filter with vinegar
How to sanitize with lithium
Use vitamin C to neutralize chlorine
How to care for an inflatable hot tub
History of hot tub innovations
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Hot Tub Buying Guide

How to insulate a hot tub

You purchased your hot tub so you could relax and reduce the stress in your life. Then the electric bill came and you were surprised at the increase since you have been enjoying your hot tub. Well, there are a few things you may be able to do to help keep those costs down and keep that stress in check. Check to see that you have properly read the manual and set the tub to the appropriate mode. Is it in the standard mode maintaining a consistent temperature day in and day out all day long? Your hot tub will always be hot and ready, but is always heating and using electricity to do that. Or have you chosen the wiser standby or economy mode which allows you to program the tub to be hot and ready when you want, but not all the time? This is great if you use the hot tub at about the same time every day or maybe only on weekends. If your tub does not have programmable settings, you can reduce the temperature when you are finished with your soak and then manually turn it on with enough time to heat up for your next soak.

In addition to setting the tub to the appropriate mode, you will want to be sure your tub is properly insulated. If you tub is new, it is likely that it has enough insulation. But take a look. Are the pipes properly insulated? If not, you can purchase pipe sleeves from your local hardware store and wrap the hot water pipes to keep the tub from losing heat before it reaches the water. Is your cover doing its job? Make sure your cover is in good condition. The heat will escape quickly through a damaged or ill-fitting cover. Make sure the surround doesn't have any gaps. You don't want heat escaping or rodents entering. Also, is your tub set in a location that is protected from wind? Maybe you want to consider adding a privacy fence to help block wind.

Does your tub get some sun during the day? Using the power of the sun to keep heat is a wonderful use of nature's resources and free. Look under the tub. Is there room for you to add some insulation? Remember you need to allow room for ventilation for the pump motor and access to valves. You don't want to fill the space completely, but you can add some layered insulation along the four walls to help keep the heat in. Be sure to use safety glasses and to wear gloves when handling insulation.

And then, turn that tub on and get in to enjoy the luxurious benefits of hydrotherapy. You bought it to use it, so get on in.

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