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Hot Tubs. What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Aug 17, 2007
Are you looking for a way to provide hours of enjoyment for your family and friends? Buy yourself a hot tub. They make a great addition to any home, and will certainly give your lifestyle a boost.

If you want to be completely traditional, then your hot tub would need to be built in the shape of a large barrel, including wooden staves. Traditionally the water in a hot tub is still, just like a swimming pool, and would only be circulated to heat and filter it. Chlorine and disinfectants are used to maintain the hot tub. You can even get high-tech and install an ozone generator. This reduces the need for manual or chemical treatment of the water.

A wooden deck is a perfect place for a hot tub, and generally they are located outdoors. However you could put a hot tub inside if you have a large enough entertaining area. The tub will have a wooden seat or bench running around the walls, so that it's easy for people to sit down and relax. You can heat the water in many ways, choosing from natural gas, electricity, propane, or even with a wood fire if you really want to be traditional.

Modern hot tubs are very different to the traditional variety. They're generally quite a bit shallower, and are made from modern materials such as fiberglass-reinforced plastic. The good thing is that this means there's a lot more flexibility in hot tub shapes, and you can choose from a wide variety of seating levels. Modern tubs also usually include hydrotherapy jets, making it possible to have a nice relaxing massage while soaking in the hot tub. The jets are generally adjustable, so that you can pinpoint the massage to the particular areas requiring attention. You can also aerate the jets or water flow if you choose.

Because of their flexible designs, modern hot tubs can be used in a multitude of settings. It can be recessed within a deck, free standing, or if it's moderately sized, it can even be portable. If your hot tub is freestanding, you will need to provide steps so that people can climb into the tub and step onto the seating area.

If you've considered buying a hot tub but were worried about all the special external plumbing you thought might be required, don't be. Nowadays most units are completely self-contained, and generally the only plumbing required is a hose to fill up the tub. There are usually a couple of different water circuits, with one heating and filtering the water, the other operating the hydrotherapy jets.

By the way, if you think a standard hot tub just isn't impressive enough, there are plenty innovations available for you to splurge on. How about a sound system, colored or even disco lighting, and for a really long soak, a flat-screen television with a DVD player. The way it's going, you might end up never leaving your hot tub, unless it's absolutely necessary!
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There is nothing better than relaxing in a hot tub. Click Hot Tubs and Spas to find out all you need to know, and for pools visit Pool Supplies .
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