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Helpful Tips About Hot Tubs At Home

Nov 17, 2007
Thinking about investing in a hot tub and installing it at your home? A hot tub works wonders on those aching muscles and melts away any form of exhaustion while you relax in a tub of steaming hot water. Although you could probably get a similar effect from having a bath or using a power shower, a hot tub can offer much more.

For starters, a hot tub can be located outdoors such as on a roof terrace or out on the deck. The various sizing options means hot tubs are designed to accommodate quite a few people at any one time as opposed to the limited space of a conventional bathtub. The general rule of thumb is to multiply 75 gallons of water by the number of people using the hot tub to determine the water capacity required.

Hot tubs can be used in hydrotherapy to treat common ailments such as back and joint pain. In addition, some doctors would prescribe hot tub therapy to their patients to treat high blood pressure. A patient's body temperature rises when undergoing a hot tub therapy. Hot water dilates the blood vessels and in turn the heart does not have to work as hard to pump and circulate the blood around the body, hence providing relief. Research has also found that hot tubs have the ability to help type 2 diabetes patients to reduce their blood sugar level, lose weight and improve sleep patterns. The participants sat in a hot tub with water as hot as 104 degrees for 30 minutes every day, six days a week over a three week period all reported experiencing a higher level of energy and an increased feeling of well-being after the treatment.

It is crucial that you have sufficient space to install a hot tub at home. You will need to decide where in the house you are going to place the hot tub, taking into consideration factors such as privacy, aesthetics (how well it would blend into the surrounding environment and the design of your property) as well as accessibility and safety issues (this is especially important for a family with young children or the elderly).

If you are planning to expand your family or would like to share the hot tub with your friends, choose a bigger size hot tub. If you are only restricting the use to only you and your partner, then a smaller tub may suit better. Further, let's not forget about the all important issue of budget. You want to purchase a hot tub that falls within your budget and meets your requirements. Typically, a 2-person hot tub will set you back approximately $4,000 and the starting price of a 6-person tub is around $8,000. This is not a small sum so it is worth taking your time to shop around, compare specifications and prices before deciding on which hot tub to get.

Most companies would allow you to do a try-before-you-buy so take advantage of this. Check out the jet's noise and pressure levels, and the seating arrangement - are you comfortable sitting in it? Most hot tubs are made of acrylic but some are made out of wood, albeit attractive looking, they do however require more cleaning and maintenance. Also, all hot tubs have slightly different designs and amenities. It is important to pay particular attention to the overriding issue of safety by making sure thermostats that regulate the temperature of the water have fail-safe features built in, that the hot tub can be locked and safety switches can be easily accessed. All this will go a long way in ensuring that you and your family get the best experience out of your new hot tub.
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