A few things make up the costs of running a hot tub, including any chemicals needed to keep it clean and the cost of electricity to run it. But what other costs should you keep in mind if you’re a new hot tub owner? And how can you ensure that you’re taking the necessary steps to lower your costs? Here’s what you should know!
Initial Costs of Owning a Hot Tub: Installation
Of course, the first cost of owning a hot tub is purchasing it. However, the installation will be the next thing to keep in mind. This number will be influenced by various factors, such as how you choose to have the spa installed, the delivery, its size, your location, etc.
For example, depending on the size and weight of the hot tub you choose, a crane will likely be needed for delivery. Generally speaking, this will cost between $400 to $2000, but also very much so depends on your location and the availability. Another influential part of the installation cost is whether or not you choose to have an in-ground or above-ground spa. If you’re planning on having it installed in-ground, then you will need to hire someone to excavate a hole and establish a sound support system. This entire process will typically cost $1,000 to $1,500 dollars. Alternatively, many people will choose to place their hot tub on a deck. If you’re looking to build a new deck for your yard during this time, the price will, of course, vary depending on many factors. However, typically, the starting price of a deck will be about $3,000.
There are various options to choose from when it comes to the support system under your hot tub. It’s imperative to have a sturdy surface under your hot tub to ensure it can support the weight of the spa, and concrete slabs, a reinforced deck, and compact soil with crushed gravel are typically the top choices. There are varying prices for each, and if you have any questions about which option might be best for your specific hot tub, you can always reach out to your local spa dealer. The previously mentioned items are a one-time cost more than an ongoing one. However, the work that is done at the time of installation, such as the electrical setup, for example, can play a role in the potential cost of things moving forward.
How to Reduce Your Hot Tub’s Energy Consumption
It likely goes without saying that you can expect your electricity bill to increase when adding any new appliance or unit to your home. Therefore, you probably already assumed that electricity usage would be an ongoing cost of owning a hot tub. But did you know there are actually many ways you can help reduce this? Although whenever it’s running, your hot tub’s pumps and jets will be, too, there are certain steps that you can take to lower your monthly electricity cost. For starters, of course, when your hot tub is not being used, it’s best to keep it off. It’s also a good idea to figure out what temperature works best for you and your family. For example, while some people love a hot temperature of 105 degrees, many prefer that it remains at 98. With the varying temperatures set by users, the typical daily cost ranges from anywhere between 1 to 3 dollars daily. However, regardless of the temperature it’s set to, you can ensure it remains warmer for longer by using your hot tub’s cover whenever it’s not in use. This will conserve energy and keep your hot tub nice and toasty, and ready for you to use next!
How Regular Maintenance Can Help Reduce Long-Term Costs
The first aspect that influences how much you might need to spend on repairs for your hot tub is how you can maintain its cleanliness. Although Hydropool hot tubs have a self-cleaning system that filters 100% of the water every fifteen minutes, it’s still important to keep on top of regular chemical checks. Although the chemicals themselves will be about 20 to 50 dollars a month, maintaining the proper chemical balance also means maintaining the right pH in your water. If your water level falls outside the desired 7.2 to 7.8 pH reading, then your water could become either too alkaline or too acidic, and both can begin impacting other functioning parts. Therefore, regularly checking your water with testing strips or kits and using chemicals when needed can help reduce long-term costs or possible repairs. Changing out or replacing your filter as needed, which generally happens every year or so, will also help maintain the good condition of your jets and pumps, which will save you more in the future. By actively taking care of specific parts, you are doing what you can to prevent large repairs or replacements from needing to happen down the line.
Therefore, when owning a hot tub of your own for the first time, it’s best to keep in mind that much of what you do consistently, like regular chemical checks and using your cover, can help reduce the ongoing costs of owning one.
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