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Buying a hot tub is an excellent way to introduce your family to the benefits of hydrotherapy. Soaking in hot water has been known by experts to decrease blood pressure and increase circulation, heal joint pain, and lower blood sugar. The health benefits of soaking in a hot tub nightly are amazing and not to be underestimated. It’s also an extremely enjoyable pastime for you and your family, and creates a bonding environment. There are some important questions to ask before buying a hot tub, however, some features you should be aware of.

The first question to ask before you buy a hot tub is one you should direct at yourself: Should you get an in ground or above ground spa? Both will come with similar features, but an in ground spa will clearly require a lengthier installation process which will be costlier. An above ground spa will be much easier to install – essentially drop it somewhere, plumb and wire it, fill it up, and go. In some cases, an above ground spa can be installed the same day if your connections are accessible and nearby. An in ground spa has an installation similar to a fiberglass pool, but it does have one major advantage over an above ground spa: an in ground spa is a much cleaner, more permanent installation. It won’t dominate your back yard and it can be integrated into any hardscape or softscape layout cleanly.

The next question to ask before you buy a hot tub is how many people you expect to accommodate in the tub. When considering this, consider not only the regulars in the house, such as your family members, but the occasional visitors. Going too big or too small could be a recipe for disaster. Too small a hot tub and people have to take turns, too large a hot tub and the water will take longer to heat, cost more to fill, and take up more space in your back yard. Only you can decide how many bathers you’ll accommodate.

What do you want it for? This is a forgotten question to ask before buying a hot tub. Is it just to soak? Does someone have a medical problem, such as arthritis or back pain? If the answer is more of the latter, consider carefully the power of the motor and the number and position of the jets. Ask the manufacturer for a test spin in one of their demo tubs so you can try out the hot tub. You don’t want to be stuck with a hot tub that’s got a weak motor or barely pumps enough water to register on your aching back.

Another seldom overlooked question is about the warranty of the unit. Hot tubs in general are relatively complicated beasts with a large plumbing apparatus for their size in order to feed the jets. Sometimes the jests have nozzles that are adjustable. They all come with heaters with variable temperature gauges. All of these things are potential failure points so investigate the tub’s warranty carefully, and remember that a hot tub will live in harsh environments, usually outside and exposed to the elements for its entire life. With a purchase this size, you really want to read the fine print on the warranty.

Speak to your hot tub salesperson and be sure you’ve covered your bases and addressed the questions to ask before buying a hot tub. Should you choose a good model that suits your needs, you can expect many long years of wonderful hydrotherapy and a great bonding venue for your family and friends to enjoy.

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