Have you tried a luxury spa recently? Many reputable showrooms offer potential customers the chance to try out their range of spas. High quality spas can make you feel as if you are on vacation so it is only natural to imagine how great it would be to have a spa installed in your deck, patio or garden. Purchasing a spa isn’t without drawbacks, however, as they are expensive pieces of kit to maintain. Here are three little-known factors that could affect your spa purchase. How many have you considered?
1. Poorly Maintained Spas Use More Energy
Once you have chosen a quality spa, you will have your work cut out maintaining it. You can’t run a spa without filters and these filters must be cleaned once for every 10 hours that one person uses the spa. If you use the spa on your own, you will get the full ten hours but if two people share the spa that number drops to five. Dirty filters contribute to a decrease in energy efficiency. According to research published by the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA), the electric motors that power spa pumps will use up to 30 percent more energy if the filters are dirty. CECA advises homeowners to hire authorized contractors to have their spas regularly checked, cleaned and serviced. This keeps the spa operating at its best while minimizing its energy requirements.
2. Your Planned Location May Be Unsuitable
The second factor that may affect your spa purchase is the suitability of the proposed location you have selected for your spa. Most reputable spa suppliers will assist customers with installation and give tips for the best location. Not all locations are possible however. For example, locating a spa on decking may require extensive modifications to support the extra weight. It may also add to the running costs of the spa through additional energy usage. One of the best ways to get advice is to contact a National Resources Canada-licensed service organization. They can send a certified energy advisor to evaluate your home from your attic to your basement and point out the best location for an appliance such as a spa. Once you have an energy report of your home, you will find it easier to select the right location for your spa.
3. Installing A Home Smart Meter Can Help Save Energy
Electrical spas have power controllers that can communicate directly with a home’s smart meter. If you heat your spa at off-peak times such as overnight, you stand to save 30 percent off the cost of heating your spa. Before purchasing your spa, you may like to consider installing a smart meter if your home does not already have one.
Bear these three little-known factors in mind when looking to buy a spa or hot tub. The trusted websites mentioned in this article are good sources of information about choosing the right spa. What do you think of our tips? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments section below!Author Bio: Nancy Baker is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Nancy has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.