If you’ve recently bought, or are thinking of buying, an inflatable hot tub, you’re making a good choice. These excellent innovations improve the lives of families, individuals, groups of friends and colleagues up and down the land, at a price which is excellent value in today’s world.
To get to acquainted with your investment, here are 7 things you should know.
1 Easy set-up
When first setting up your new, inflatable hot tub, it pays to actually inflate it before you put it in position. Once you’ve carefully chosen a site, get help from a family member or friend, inflate your tub, and carry it with all its attachments over to its new home. These tubs come with plumbing and a motor unit, all of which have to be correctly set up. The whole job should only take half an hour or so and is much easier with a fully inflated tub.
2 Don’t overfill
Many people are tempted to inflate their hot tub to the max, and then fill it with as much water as possible. Both of these are bad ideas. Look carefully at the guidelines, and, if anything, inflate and fill to just below these. The water weighs 2,000lbs, without anyone in it; this already puts pressure on the hot tub’s seams. A little give is a good idea and if you’re still unsure, check out an inflatable hot tub guide where it can show you step by step how to set it up.
3 Cost advantage
While there are certain advantages to installing a permanent, or ‘rigid’ outdoor hot tub, spa or jacuzzi, these are becoming less as time goes on. The fact is that an inflatable hot tub can cost only 10% of its rigid counterpart. Whether you use your tub a lot (3 or more times a week) or only every now and then, the advantage lies with the inflatable version.
4 Weather forecast
One of the things people don’t think about when installing their hot tub is the wind. In fact, wind chill is one of the biggest influences on both water temperature and human enjoyment. Choose somewhere in your garden or yard which is least exposed to the wind, and you’ll make huge savings on energy bills. If you haven’t anywhere suitable, invest in a windbreak.
5 Water supply
Your inflatable will need a ready water supply, plus a waste pipe. This often means that people install their hot tubs near their homes. An added advantage to this is that you can easily fill your tub with hot water from your kitchen or downstairs bathroom when you first use it; using hot water from home is much cheaper than the tub heating it.
6 Top and bottom
Once your tub is full of heated water, you want to keep it that way. Get into the habit of using the tub’s cover every time the last person steps out of it. It’s amazing how quickly heat escapes from the surface of the water, so even if you’re just refilling your glass or nipping to the loo, use the cover. Also, make sure the underside of your tub is insulated. A mat should be included when you buy, so use it.
7 Temperature check
The advertised working temperature of inflatable hot tubs is usually 104F. That doesn’t mean you have to heat your water to this temperature; remember, you are paying for the energy to provide the heat. If you set the thermometer just 2 degrees lower, you’re saving money every minute you use your tub. Over a season or longer, that’s a lot of electricity and a noticeably smaller bill; it’s also more environmentally friendly.