Who doesn’t want a hot tub?!? When people are shopping for a hot tub, they soon find out that there are some costs to owning and running a hot tub after the initial purchase. These hot tub shoppers do their homework beforehand to determine how much these costs are, and how to fit them into their budget. We at Blue Lagoon want to give you peace of mind and let you know that modern energy-efficiency are in fact very affordable to own. So today we’re giving you a rundown of what you need to know about how much it costs to run a hot tub.
One-Time Costs for Running a Hot Tub
Once you have chosen your hot tub, a professional at Blue Lagoon Spas & Swim Spas will help you with site preparation by determining the requirements and costs of the concrete slab or deck foundation necessary for its installation. Any required electrical work is best completed by a licensed electrician. Additional one-time setup costs to run your new hot tub might include purchasing a cover (if not already included in the price of the hot tub), charges for local permits, and a delivery fee.
Recurring Hot Tub Costs
The on-going cost to run a hot tub is determined by several things. At the top of the list are the utilities – water and electricity. Hot tub owners can also expect to pay for water treatment products, maintenance costs, and insurance.
Your hot tub will have need an initial fill-up of water, but also fill-ups when you drain it for cleaning according to manufacturer suggested schedules. Topping off will occasionally occur due to evaporation and splash out. To determine how water use affects the cost of running a hot tub in a year, multiply your city’s cost per gallon by the number of gallons in the hot tub every time it is emptied and refilled.
Electricity usage is a big part of the cost of running a hot tub. It is dependent upon the:
• price per kilowatt-hour as set by your utility company
• size of your hot tub
• set temperature of the hot tub
• external temperature surrounding the hot tub (a large difference between the set temperature and ambient temperature may require more energy)
• frequency and purpose of use (for running jets and pumps)
• presence or absence of a quality cover (a cover helps maintain the temperature)
Water treatment products work to sanitize and balance the water in your hot tub. Instructions for their use – amounts and frequency – are given by the hot tub manufacturer. The cost of running a hot tub includes the regular and recurring purchase of pH Plus/pH Minus balancers, alkalinity increaser, chlorine or bromine sanitizer, chlorine or non-chlorine shock treatment, and a testing kit or test strips.
Regular care and maintenance keep down the cost of operating a hot tub. Keeping your hot tub clean and free of leaves, dirt, and bugs by using nets helps to keep parts in good working condition. Nets come in a variety of styles and price points. Some parts such as filters need to be replaced according to the hot tub manufacturer’s recommendations. Other parts might need to be replaced only when they are defective.
When doing your research on the costs of running a hot tub, you may also want to consider insurance, such as liability insurance. Your insurance agent should be able to help determine your needs and the cost.
Hot Tub Store in Sacramento, California
So just how much does it cost to run a hot tub? There’s no set answer to that question. The important thing to know is that at Blue Lagoon Spas & Swim Spas, we will find the hot tub that fits both your budget and your lifestyle! Contact us today.