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 our store to ask about how easy it is to own a hot tub.
SHOULD I INSTALL MY SPA INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
Where you install your hot tub depends on your lifestyle, budget and house. If you can’t fit a hot tub or swim spa
through the doorway or window, you might not have any other choice than an outdoor installation. Indoor installations also require an adequate foundation to support the weight of the spa and ventilation for the humidity. These factors contribute to the popularity of outdoor installations, as they tend to be a little easier to complete and can really transform a boring backyard into an outdoor paradise.
DOES MY OUTDOOR HOT TUB NEED ADDITIONAL PLUMBING INSTALLED?
No. All above-ground portable spas are filled with water using a garden hose.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN AND TREAT MY SPA WATER?
Most maintenance procedures are not difficult. Your retailer will provide the start-up kit and instructions you need. If you don’t have access to instructions or guidelines, contact the dealership that you purchased your spa from or the manufacturer.
Most hot tubs and swim spas should have their water tested, treated and balanced on a weekly basis. Cleaning your hot tub water can help reduce the risk of murky, foamy or cloudy water, and keep the spa operating in peak condition.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DRAIN MY HOT TUB OR SWIM SPA?
Depending on certain factors, such as how much the spa is used and how frequently it is cleaned, you should aim to completely drain, clean and refill your hot tub or swim spa about three to four times a year.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE THE HOT TUB FILTER?
You should rinse your hot tub filter once every two weeks with water from the hose. You should clean your filter by soaking it overnight in a filter cleaning solution once every two months. Finally, you should completely replace your hot tub filter once a year.
We always recommend having a backup filter on hand. This filter can replace the other one while it is being rinsed or cleaned, so that the hot tub water is still going through the filtration system properly.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY HOT TUB COVER?
If your hot tub cover is ripped, damaged, deteriorating, emitting a foul odor, or feels much heavier than when you first bought it, you should think about replacing it as soon as possible. Ripped, cracked or torn material can allow for moisture to seep through the protective lining and build-up in the interior, leading to the growth of bacteria and mold. Once your hot tub cover begins to smell or is significantly heavier, chances are that moisture build-up has already led to the growth of bacteria.
To maintain the quality and longevity of your hot tub cover
, we recommend cleaning it once a month with water from the hose, a rag or sponge, and some gentle cover cleaner. You can also take some time to spray it with a protective coating from the elements and even take some time to visually inspect it for any trouble areas that can be fixed before the damage is done.
DO HOT TUBS COST A LOT OF MONEY TO RUN?
Not all hot tubs cost a ton of money to operate. Monthly operating costs can be reduced with innovative and energy-conserving technology that is integrated into most modern spas. This can include energy-efficient operating systems, full-foam insulation, high-quality hot tub covers, titanium coil heaters, and LED lighting, among other features. Keeping your hot tub on the economy or energy-saving mode can help keep costs even lower.
Some factors that may contribute to how much energy your hot tub uses can include the brand, model, age, current condition, and location.
WHAT IS HYDROTHERAPY?
is the combined effect of heat, massage, and buoyancy. Warm water dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow to sore or damaged tissues, allowing oxygen and nutrients to help overworked muscles recover faster. Massage, provided by the spa's jet system, relaxes tense muscles and relieves pressure on surrounding nerves. Massage also improves circulation and accelerates the body's natural healing process. Buoyancy reduces your body's weight by 90%. This relieves pressure on strained joints and muscles.
Hydrotherapy can offer the following health benefits:
• Improved sleep patterns
• Reduced stress levels
• Eased muscle tension
• Soothed joint pain
• Improved post-injury recovery
• Eased symptoms of arthritis
WHAT IS THE MICROCLEAN® FILTRATION SYSTEM?
The MicroCLEAN® Filtration System
is integrated into just about every modern Sundance® Spas hot tub. It can help improve the quality and safety of the hot tub water, while reducing maintenance efforts. This nearly maintenance-free hot tub experience can take care of the hard work, so you don’t have to.
The MicroCLEAN® Filtration System utilizes a combination of the following:
• Highly-effective filtering
• Advanced circulation
• Enhanced water skimming processes
• A unique horizontal filter orientation
• Powerful circulation pump that filters seven times more water per minute than typical spas
CAN I USE A HOT TUB WHILE PREGNANT?
It is highly recommended that you speak with your doctor before using a hot tub while pregnant. While there are certain stages of pregnancy where it can be safe to use a hot tub, it is much better to be on the safe side. Especially when it comes to your health and the health and development of your baby.
Your physician may recommend swimming as a water-based alternative or simply lowering the temperature of the hot tub altogether.
HOW FAR AWAY SHOULD MY HOT TUB BE FROM THE HOUSE?
The placement of your hot tub depends on three factors: reliable sources of electricity and water, your backyard layout, and your personal preferences. If the hot tub is not close to a source of electricity, you may have additional costs coming your way to power it from afar. The placement of your hot tub also depends on the current layout and setup of your backyard. Permanent features like decks, patio areas, swimming pools, and gazebos can’t be easily moved or altered to make way for a hot tub, so your spa installation may have to be closer to the house or further away.
Lastly, how close your hot tub is to the house can also depend on your personal preferences. If you will be entertaining late at night in the spa and don’t want the sounds of talking and laughter to wake up sleeping children, placing it further away may be in your best interests. On the other hand, if you live in a colder climate with lots of snow, the last thing you might want to do is run through the snow in bare feet after getting out of the warm water. It all depends on your current situation and lifestyle.
HOW MANY HOT TUB MANUFACTURERS ARE THERE?
In North America alone, we would predict that there are well over 100 hot tub manufacturers. While we don’t know the exact number of worldwide hot tub manufacturers, we do know about four of the top ones. If you haven’t heard about Sundance® Spas, Nordic Hot Tubs™, Life’s Great Spas, or Dream Maker Spas, then you have been missing out. From advanced filtration systems and energy-efficient technology, to ergonomic seating, powerful jets, and so much more, these hot tub brands are the only ones you really need to know about.
WHAT IS A SWIM SPA?
A swim spa is a medium to large-sized at-home spa system that can be installed into just about any backyard. These systems are essentially a compact combination of a swimming pool and a hot tub. Ranging from about 16 to 20 feet in length, most offer a large tank area that is built for recreation, entertainment and exercise. On the other end is an area very similar to a hot tub, complete with seats, jets and more.
WHICH SWIM SPA IS BEST?
The right swim spa for you depends on your personal tastes, needs and budget. If you’re looking for the ultimate experience in backyard leisure and entertainment, with a bigger budget, a larger dual-tank swim spa
might be right for you. If you’re simply looking for a system that will cater toward water-based exercise and recreation or have a more modest budget, you may not require the additional hot tub-style area. Speak with the experts at your local spa dealership to learn more about the benefits, features and prices of swim spas to get a better idea of what is best for you.
ARE SWIM SPAS WORTH IT?
The investment in a swim spa can be completely worth it. Some of the top benefits of owning and using a swim spa on a regular basis can include:
• Increased home value
• Better quality of life
• Improved backyard lifestyle
• Improved overall health
• Reduced stress
• Weight maintenance
• Eased muscle tension
• Soothed joint pain
• Improved sleep patterns
• Better post-injury recovery
CAN SWIM SPAS BE USED IN THE WINTER?
Yes, swim spas can be used in the winter. Commonly known as “all-weather pools”, the temperature inside a swim spa can be adjusted for both warmer and cooler climates.