Sometimes the most enjoyable luxury or add-on purchases go unused if they require too much work to use or to maintain. Hot tubs take work, but if you plan ahead, they can be very efficient in upkeep and use.
Spas need water and electricity, so choosing the best pump for the tub size is important as is selecting the right size for how much you want to budget. Powering and warming an eight-seated in-ground tub, for instance, will cost more than running an above-ground two-seater, but if you need the larger model you can save considerably depending on the choices you make before installation. Many models feature energy-efficient materials and mechanical parts that can save time and money, so researching greener options before shopping can save you in the long-term.
Imagine yourself performing the actual steps needed to keep the hot tub in tip-top shape as well as lounging or socializing at the end of the day and pick an option that suits you, and then suit up!
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- Rutgers University. "Green Building Manual: Choose Eco-Friendly Pool/Hot Tub Options." Rutgers.edu. May 1, 2011. (July 13, 2012) http://greenmanual.rutgers.edu/newresidential/strategies/hottub.pdf
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