Is a Hot Tub for You?

What Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Prior to Buying a Hot Tub

By Mark J. Donovan

Since man walked this earth stepping into a hot spa, be it natural or manmade, has been one of the most relaxing and comforting experiences one can have. For thousands of years man has enjoyed not only the comfort, but also the health benefits of relaxing in a pool of hot and therapeutic water. Fortunately today many more people have the opportunity to enjoy a hot tub, a.k.a. Jacuzzi tub, than our earlier ancestors. In the past couple of decades the number of hot tubs and spas has grown immensely. Hot tubs are increasingly found in and around homes. Even in very cold climates it is not uncommon to see hot tubs installed out on a deck or patio.

Hot tubs come in many sizes and shapes. Jacuzzi tubs can easily be found to support anywhere from 1 to 6 people. Almost all of the tubs themselves are made from fiberglass, however they come with many different looks and styles. The outside material that wraps around the hot tub come in a variety of looks, many of which are wood. For example you can buy hot tubs with cedar, teak and redwood exterior wood finishes. You can also buy hot tubs that are permanent fixtures of the home, or that are moveable.

A hot tub, however, is not for everyone. Though hot tubs offer health benefits they are not recommended for people with heart problems or women who are pregnant. Hot tub maintenance is also quite significant.

So before buying a hot top you need to ask yourself several questions first to determine if a hot tub is truly right for you.

Do You have the Time for a Hot Tub?

If your lifestyle is fast pace you need to ask yourself do you have the time to actually enjoy it and maintain it. If you can’t see yourself using it at least once a week then think twice before deciding to purchase one.

Is a hot tub for you? A hot tub requires a great deal of maintenance.

Do You Have Health Issues that Could Benefit or Hurt You With the Purchase of a Hot Tub?

If your job leaves you with sore muscles on a regular basis, or you have aches and pains associated with older age then a hot tub may be the perfect therapeutic and relaxation tool for you.

If on the other hand you have heart issues you may want to first check with you doctor to see if a hot tub is safe for you to use on a regular basis. Again, hot tubs should not be used for pregnant woman. In addition, hot tubs are not always healthy for small children and can create dangerous safety issues such as accidental drowning.

Do You Like to Entertain Guests on a Regular Basis?

If you like to invite family and friends over on a regular basis then a hot tub could be the perfect item for the deck or patio. Relaxing in a hot tub is a great way to socialize with a small group of people on a summer or fall evening.

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Do You have the Space for a Hot Tub?

Hot tubs require a significant amount of space. Depending upon the size a hot tub could consume much of your deck or patio. If you are planning a new deck or patio, as well as contemplating buying a hot tub, make sure the deck/patio design is large enough to support the hot tub. In addition, consider creating a separate area for locating the hot tub on the deck or patio.

If your answers are in the affirmative on all four of these questions then visit your local hot tub and spa supplier and find the right one for your home.

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