Can children use the hot tub?
In general, children under the age of five should not use a hot tub, since there is a risk of contracting hyperthermia when sitting in water at high temperatures. Consult your pediatrician if you’re concerned about your child’s safety in a hot tub. If children are using your hot tub, consider lowering the temperature to a safer level.
Can pregnant women use the hot tub?
Hot tubs may be unsafe for pregnant women. However, you may be able to use your hot tub for short periods of time. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant to see if you can use a hot tub during pregnancy. If you are using a hot tub while pregnant, consider lowering the temperature to a safer level.
Can I use a hot tub if I have a pacemaker?
Hot tubs may be unsafe for those who have a pacemaker. Hot water can affect your heart rate and blood pressure, so it may cause issues with your pacemaker. Consult a doctor if you’re considering using a hot tub and you have a pacemaker.
What does my space need for a hot tub?
Your hot tub will require electricity, a flat surface, and access to water. Consult your spa expert to learn about building requirements for the foundation of your hot tub — in general, you’ll need a level, concrete platform that is that is as big or bigger than your hot tub. Your hot tub will require 120 volt or 240 volt power, depending on the model.
Should I turn off the power when I’m not using the tub?
In general, you should keep your hot tub on and heated most of the time. Hot tubs use little energy once they’re at the proper temperature, and it can take more energy to reheat the tub from a completely cooled state. If you’re leaving your hot tub unused for several weeks, it may be worth it to turn off the electricity — consult your owner’s manual for additional advice on when to turn off the power. Take note, if you’re considering powering down your hot tub in winter, it is liable to freeze. Drain the tub if you are letting it cool in winter.
How do I maintain the pH balance of my tub?
Consult your owner’s manual or speak with a spa expert to learn guidelines on maintaining your hot tub’s pH balance and sanitation.
How much does it cost to heat the hot tub?
Heating costs vary greatly from model to model, based on their size and shape. In general, however, hot tubs cost about $30 per month to heat (this number can vary depending on the season). Ask a spa expert for additional information on your specific hot tub model.
How long does it take to fill an empty hot tub?
Depending on the size of the hot tub and the output of water, your tub could take anywhere from one to three hours to fill. Consult your owner’s manual for a more accurate estimate.
How long does it take to heat a hot tub for the first time?
Heating time varies based on the volume of water in the tub. For medium sized tubs, it usually takes about a day to raise the temperature to a desirable level. Water temperatures tend to raise by about 3 degrees per hour, depending on the size of the tub and the power of the heater.
Can a hot tub be repaired?
Yes, in certain cases, hot tubs may be repaired. If, for instance, your spa has a hairline crack due to an unlevel foundation, the crack may be repaired. If the damage is larger, your hot tub may be beyond repair. Consult a spa expert to see if you can salvage your tub from damage.