9 Key Spa Buying Tips
Size – When deciding the size, think about the spa’s location; consider access to and from, privacy, proximity to the appropriate electricity source and the view from the spa.
Desired Seating Capacity – Decide how many people you would like your spa to hold (Family and friends).
Air Bubbler Systems – Many spas feature a blower that produces air bubbles from fittings throughout the spa to gently caress the body. While it is certainly not an essential feature, many people enjoy the sensation.
Smart Winter Mode – If you live up a northern climate your spa should have a smart winter mode. If the water temperature drops below ( usually 50 degrees ) the spa pac kicks on the pumps and blower to keep all water circulating to prevent the spa
Zero Crossing Technology –This eliminates arcs. Once a button is pressed, the connection is made instantaneously. It is similar to the technology found in remote controls for televisions.
Energy Efficiency – Your spa’s operating cost will be determined, primarily, by its ability to retain heat. This is because the heater is by far the most energy-consuming component in the spa. Virtually every self-contained spa is designed to maintain a constant temperature with the heater turning on as needed. Spas that perform best at preventing heat from escaping will cost the least to operate.
Lounge Seating – This can restrict the number of seating areas in a spa but most people prefer a lounge because of the comfort it provides. It offers the luxury to lay back and recline the entire body for complete relaxation. Some manufacturers have created double wide lounges and/or reversible lounges. Many of these spas even have pillows built into each seat for added comfort. Some people enjoy the double wide lounge because it offers the opportunity to either relax alone in the spa with ample space, or to lie side by side with a loved one.
Foot Wells – It is important to consider the size and the depth of the foot well in relation to the size of the spa. For example, if you are looking at a spa that can accommodate six to eight people, it is beneficial if the foot well can hold eight pairs of feet. Also look for areas with jets concentrating on our feet and calves. Jets focusing on this area can provide a thorough massage to these often neglected areas.
Pressure Treated Base – Wherever you choose to install your hot tub, it is strongly recommended that your spa have a pressure treated base and is a critical requirement if your spa is outdoors. Since an outdoor spa is subjected to harsh elements detrimental to any type of wood, a pressure treated base will prolong the life of your spa’s cabinet.