Hot tub cost goes beyond the initial purchase of the tub. You must also account for the use and maintenance of the tub once it is in your care. This includes changing the water, cleaning and purchasing new filters, servicing the tub, testing the water and purchasing chemicals to keep the water clean.
Changing the water is an expensive part of maintaining a hot tub. You must pay for the water, the pump, the cleaning chemicals and the test strips you use after you fill the tub.
Filters can usually be rinsed with water from a garden hose, but they do occasionally need to be changed. The price will vary depending on the brand, size and provider. Do careful research to be sure you are getting the best possible quality for your money. Changing and cleaning filters will help you save money in the long run. Clean filters will keep the water clean, helping the chemicals do their work so you don’t have add more chemicals than usual or change the water as often.
To make sure your tub has the correct balance of chemical, you must buy strips to test the water. Testing should be done at least once a week. While these strips aren’t expensive, they do add to the overall cost.
Chemicals help maintain sanitation in your tub, preventing illness. However, if there are too many chemicals or you use the wrong kind, you can make yourself sick.
The most popular and cheapest chemical to use is chlorine, but recent studies have suggested that chlorine has ill effects on a person’s health. A second choice is Bromine, but that is more expensive.
The amount of chemicals you buy will depend on the size of your hot tub, how well the filters work and how often you use the tub. Running water will discourage many bacteria and algae, but will increases costs of eater and electricity.
There are several services available to hot tub owners. Professionals will come into your home to clean and maintain your tub. If you like, they will check all the equipment to be sure it is working properly. The price of the services will depend on your contractor, their experience and the services they provide. Some providers allow you to choose different service plans, mixing and matching services for you.