Thinking About Installing A Hot Tub? Beware The Hidden Costs
A hot tub is one of those luxuries that can make you feel like a celebrity. They really do feel like a massive indulgence. If you’ve decided to get a taste of the high life with a hot tub of your own, make sure you’ve researched those hidden costs that can be a real drain on your not-so-celebrity bank account.
The largest and most obvious component of a hot tub is its shell. You might not be able to ascertain the quality of a hot tub’s shell by yourself, but one very obvious area to look at is the guarantee: Companies can only afford to offer those really long guarantees if the hot tub’s shell is up to the task.
Poor materials will lead to cracking and chipping of the surface of the shell, and if the quality is really poor, the fibreglass will slowly become porous. This can prove to be a nightmare for hygiene, and a breeding ground for bacteria. Replacing a hot tub’s shell can cost a fortune if the guarantee has run out.
Higher Insulation, Lower Bills
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a hot tub installation in your conservatory or on your patio. A properly insulated shell will reduce your electricity bills considerably. It will also stop the hot tub’s thermostat from constantly kicking in as the water loses heat.
There is one important caveat to consider though: Your hot tub might be well insulated, but if the insulation is badly applied, access to the pipes and pumps will be restricted and you’ll run up higher labour costs for any hot tub repairs that arise in the future
It’s Hard To Relax In Dirty Water
Make sure you’re able to afford the filter replacements. If you choose a hot tub manufacturer that uses proprietary parts and not off-the-shelf items, the bills will be considerably higher. What will you do if the company goes out of business?
Filters go hand in hand with pumps. This can be another area where costs can mount: A good hot tub should circulate 24 hours a day to prevent the water from stagnating.
Inside The Cabinet
Lastly, the cabinet itself needs some thought. You’ll probably be looking at a hot tub that’s free standing, as you’ll most likely be having it installed in a conservatory or out on decking or a patio. Make sure it’s sturdy and well built. This investment has to last for a long time. Take a look at the cabinet’s sealant, or plump for a polymer based cabinet.
Don’t fall in love with the first hot tub you lay eyes upon. This is a luxury purchase, but don’t let you’re heart rule your head. Visit a few sales showrooms and think carefully before dipping your toe in. Ask about running costs and servicing intervals before you make a financial commitment.
Most important of all, do some background research on the leading brands. Once you’ve settled on the right model, many years of relaxation lie ahead!
By Harry Price
Harry Price is a successful author who enjoys specialises in guest blogging. He likes the freedom of being an entrepreneur and spends his free time travelling and volunteering.
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