Jay6 Posted November 24, 2022 Report Share Posted November 24, 2022 Question about 1200 gallon swim spa. I purchased a spa from SwimSpaManufactures based in Florida this July. Unfortunately I did not do my homework well enough and purchased a spa with no insulation. Idiotic move, I’m the biggest dummy don’t need to tell me that, but they certainly did a share of lying and being new to this industry I was very trusting seeing they had been in business 30+ years. They pushed how energy efficient their tubs were and now I’m spending 341-400 a month on electricity. My previous bill in the same month last year was 115 and it was colder. With the hot tub I’m spending around 260-300 more a month. I have had the spa insulated with little difference. So instead of the heater in standard mode kicking on 5 to 6 times a day it kicks on 4 times a day. It takes 1.5 hours to heat it 1 degree and loses 1 degree every 4-5 hours. So you can see quickly it’s completely useless if I put it in economy or sleep mode because it loses heat faster than gaining. By the time the 12 hour cycle goes by it’s losses about 2-3 degrees. And it does not matter if its at 80 98 100 102, when that heater kicks on in standard mode it turns on 4 times a day running at 1.5 hours it cost around 7-9 dollars(for the heater and this is only if I’m not in the spa and it’s completely sealed up cover on tarps closed. About $1.28 hour again if it’s not in use. I have a 6KW heater 240 voltage exchange a balboa 500sz system. What is up with this, I’m hearing 30-50 a month difference from people with swim spas. I have 8ft by 14ft holds 1200 gallons. It’s stuff with insulation, it came with a decent cover I don’t see any heat lost coming from the top. I have tarps surrounding the sides, it’s under a pergola so the top is open. But I just want to know if the spa itself is just junk or if the cost is correct. I saw one forum out there where a guy said it could cost 100-200 to run a spa. And one more thing it takes 1.5 hours to take it up 1 degree and the cavity is now filled with insulation. Forums are reading I should get 3 degrees an hour with the kind of heater I have. I that to say should it be this way? Picture of spa below. Cedar wood cabinet. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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