Home hot tubs or spas have become very popular over the last ten years or so. At one time, these were the sole province of celebrities and upper income families. But, today, the price has become so affordable that many middle class families have opted to have them installed.
Fundamentally, there are two types of spas – the in-ground ones and the portable ones. Of these two, mostly because of cost, homeowners are choosing to install portable spas.
Most portable spas are so easy to install that a good number of homeowners choose to do the installations themselves. They are easy because all of the major components are self contained.
For example, the plumbing has already been pre-installed, the electrical system is set up as well, and the filtration system has also been installed. Mostly, all the homeowner has to do is to snap or screw the various pieces together and plug it in. For many homeowners, this is a one weekend day project.
The other nice thing about a portable spa is that it can be installed indoors or outside. Your basic constriction as to where you can place it is based on the size tub that you want. You can choose a small sized spa which holds only two people. Or you can settle on a larger hot tub which can hold up to six or eight.
Keep in mind that the bigger the spa, the more water, and there before the more weight, it will hold. For example, a small hot tub will hold about one hundred gallons of water. While a larger one may hold up to 600 gallons or more. This is particularly important if you are installing the tub indoors as you have to ensure that the flooring on which you place it will hold the weight of the tub when filled with water.
The electrical component of the hot tub is important as well. Many spas can easily run on a normal 120 volt plug-in outlet. Others, however, will need a 240 volt outlet. The basic difference between the two is that the 240 volt outlet will be able to generate more heat. It will heat the spa water faster and it will get it hotter. So keep this in mind when purchasing your unit.
Some of the larger showrooms will actually let you try out their floor units. If you live near such a place, this is great, as it gives you the best chance of getting one that fits your needs.