A hot tub can help you upgrade your at-home relaxation. Imagine coming home from a long day of work and being able to wind down in your very own hot tub or alleviate muscle stiffness with your very own spa. A hot tub can help you create the backyard retreat you’ve always wanted, but it can also come with added costs and safety responsibilities. Here is everything you should know before buying a hot tub.
Hot Tub Benefits
An obvious benefit of buying a hot tub is total relaxation! It’s an escape from the day and a little oasis right in your yard, but there are also therapeutic benefits to hot tubs. Hot tubs can alleviate symptoms of arthritis, including swelling, pain, stiffness, and improve joint mobility and function. While soaking in a hot tub is recommended for many arthritis sufferers you should always consult your physician to determine what’s right for you.
Costs of a Hot Tub
The typical costs of buying a hot tub can vary depending on what kind of hot tub it is. Below are a few different types of hot tubs and their costs:
- Luxury hot tubs: $11,000-$16,000 +
- Premium hot tubs: $8,000-$11,000
- Value-priced hot tubs: $5,000-$8,000
- Entry-level hot tubs: $3,000-$7,000
Additional Installation Costs to Consider
There are additional installation costs to consider when buying a hot tub because it needs to be placed on a patio, deck, or concrete slab. If this is something you already have, or are into DIY, then the cost of adding a suitable surface for a spa to sit on could be done for as little as a few hundred dollars. However, if you are in need of a contractor to provide the concrete pad, deck, or patio, it will readily be $1400 for a basic concrete pad. All spas will need a licensed electrician to wire them in the state of New Hampshire. These cost will vary greatly from as little as $500 to as much as $1800. The cost of wiring the electrical supply will differ based on available electrical circuits in the home, length of run from your panel to the tub, and location of tub at the house. The trusted experts at Energysavers can assist you in finding an accurate cost that’s right for your market and location.
Average Monthly Electric Cost
It’s no secret, your electric bill will rise when you install a hot tub, but the heating system, pumps, insulation, and cover all work to keep your hot tub at the same temperature, so you will have a steady electric cost associated with your hot tub. Your electric bill should only increase on average by about $10 to $20 per month. Keep in mind, however, that your hot tub works harder in the winter, so your electric bill will likely increase around this time. High quality hot tubs will have better insulation and can lead to less dramatic cost fluctuations in your electric bill. Make sure to look at all of your options when selecting a hot tub, so that you can get the most bang for your buck!
Hot Tub Safety
There are also some safety precautions you should keep in mind before buying or owning a hot tub. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the water in your hot tub should not exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and the recommended temperature is 100 degrees. Also, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children less than five years old not be permitted inside a hot tub.
It’s important to be prepared when looking to buy a hot tub so that you can accurately plan and budget. Knowing the benefits, costs, and safety precautions involved in buying a hot tub can help make for a successful buying experience. Find your next hot tub at Energysavers, and let the qualified professionals help you determine all of the associated costs.
About Energysavers, Inc.
Founded over 40 years ago, Energysavers is family-owned and operated out of Meredith, NH. We are proud to provide quality, dependable pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, hot tubs, saunas, outdoor grills, and more. Visit the store room and choose from the many models and sizes we have in stock and receive the best price and quality service. Call us today at (603) 279-7961 to visit our store or schedule a home inspection.