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Should I invest in an inground spa?

Inground or Above Ground, It's Up to You

Most spas come in above ground models. Some are completely portable and self-contained, which means you just plug them in, fill them up, and you're good to go! Others are meant to be installed in the ground, more like a swimming pool than a spa. What you choose has a lot to do with what you want from a spa, your yard or home design, and your budget. Inground models require more site preparation, and they also require electricity, plumbing, and sometimes gas for heating. Portable spas can move if you move, but inground spas add to the overall value of your home. What you choose is really up to where you want to locate the spa and how you want to access it. There are plenty of styles available in both models, so you won't have any trouble finding all the features you're looking for in either type of spa.

   
How much should I spend on my new spa?

What to Spend on a Spa

Shopping for a spa is kind of like shopping for a car. No, you don't have to deal with a pushy salesman in a tacky plaid suit, but you do have to decide what features you'd like in your spa and what you're willing to spend. Spas have a wide variety of "ups and extras" that can drive up the price, so you should decide what's important to you before you begin shopping for your spa. For example, is a great sound and video system important to you? How about lighting or a waterfall? Are you mainly concerned with jets and as many jets as possible? All of these features can add to the total cost of your spa. You can spend under $1000 for some portable spas, or even a used spa, or much, much more depending on what's important to you. So, what you spend on a spa really depends on what you want and your budget. Don't forget to factor in the cost of installation, too!

   
Do all spas offer hydromassage?

What the Heck is Hydromassage?

A relaxing massage in warm, soothing water. Isn't that the main reason you're buying a spa? The spa's hydromassage action comes from sending a mix of heated water and air through jet nozzles. This concentrated stream of water acts just like a skilled masseuse to loosen tight muscles and relax the entire body. You can alter the water's force and effects by adjusting the jet and by making sure your spa has several different types of jets, from gentle to super jet power. You can even get pulsating jets that work specific sections of your body with their pulsating force. Hydromassage is a feature of all hot tubs, and it's one of the most compelling reasons to buy a spa.

   
What color spa should I choose?

Spas of Many Colors

Spas come in a dazzling rainbow of colors. Which should you choose? Well that depends on your taste, where you're going to locate the spa, and many other items. However, if you're looking for pure practicality and convenience, choose a white spa. Why? Simple! It won't show water spots! If you live in an area with a lot of minerals in your water, or your water is extremely hard, this may be a big concern. White goes with just about everything, too. If you want to change the look of your white spa, you can always change the lighting color.

   
Can my pets enjoy my spa, too?

Pets and Spas Don't Mix

Some dogs might seem to enjoy a dip in the hot tub too, but pets and hot tubs really don't mix. The dog could get overheated, and their hair can be a disaster for filters and such. Invest in a heavy-duty cover that will stand up to the weight of your pet, and always make sure you keep your cover locked when you're not using it. Some manufacturers make metal (hard) covers that will hold much more weight. Dogs can also chew covers and scratch the sides of the tub. Installing an invisible electric fence around your tub or deck is one way to make sure pets don't destroy your spa investment.

   
Do spas provide a better night's sleep?

Slumber Without Stress

It's proven spas help you sleep better, and better sleep helps create an all-around better health outlook. It can mean less stress during daily hassles, too. The increased blood flow spas create leads to relaxation and pain relief, which all add to a more restful slumber. Today, spas come with a variety of specialty jets including neck, feet, and back massagers that ensure your entire body is totally relaxed and ready for a good night's sleep. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation cites studies that show soaking in warm water promotes sleep in most individuals. Many experts recommend soaking in a spa for at least 15 minutes about two hours before bedtime for a more restful night's slumber.

   
Why are spas a great idea for families?

Kids Love Spas!

Are you looking for a way to bring your family together and create a more intimate family relationship? Think about investing in a family-size spa to create an instant family vacation any time of the year. Kids love spas, and families report spas have added a new dimension to their lives and their relationships. Spas are fun for the entire family, and a great place to unwind and share the day's activities before heading off to bed for the night. Instead of the family dinner, the family spa night is becoming a ritual all around the country. Spas are great fun for neighborhood birthday and holiday celebrations, too!

   
Are today's spas energy efficient?

What Does it Cost to Operate a Spa?

Spas, no matter what type you buy, are much more energy efficient than they used to be. They are better insulated, use high efficiency heaters, and generally cost relatively little to operate each month. Of course, energy costs vary across the country, so it's difficult to say exactly what it will cost to operate a spa. Many owners report costs of 50 cents per day or up to $20 per month, but that also depends on spa size and how often you use your spa. Heater size also has an impact on energy costs – the bigger the heater the more it costs to operate. However a bigger heater helps your hot tub heat up to the proper temperature faster. Some spas are more energy efficient than others, so be sure to ask about energy costs when comparing spas to buy.

   
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