The first step in selecting and buying a hot tub is to choose a good dealer. It’s a critical step, because the relationship will last from the start of the project to the finish. And why not try to make the best possible choice right away? You want a dealer who specializes - a company that knows hot tubs; that understands “hot tubbing”; and can fully undertake the installation. Having a focus on a quality hot tub product is also very good idea, and let’s not forget good customer service – you’ll need this, from planning, to installation, to after-sales.
You are the customer, so make sure that the dealer you choose accommodates your needs. The dealer should help you to choose a hot tub that satisfies your specific needs, matches with your lifestyle, and that fits into your budget. A really good dealer will also provide great customer service from when the project begins, right to the end. Needless to say, there are so many companies out there, and so much competition, that it can actually make things more challenging. But with a good dealer at your side, the process can be satisfying and stress free.
Purchasing a new hot tub can become a big investment. For most, it’s a good idea to operate within a budget. And like any major purchasing decision, the more informed and educated, the better. For the most part, you really do get what you pay for, and buying a hot tub is no exception. The total cost of your hot tub “package” (regardless of your particular budget) will depend on a number of basic factors: the size of the tub you decide on; the extra costs, like delivery and setup; and the actual install (this would incorporate plumbing and electrical).
A good dealer will offer you a “live try-out” of a hot tub. This is an excellent opportunity to feel things out, before you make the final buy. You can check out how everything works, experience some of the special features and accessories, and start deciding about your final hot tub “package”. You should also take this opportunity to get answers to all of your remaining questions. You should be getting closer and closer to the point where you’re making some concrete decisions about your final hot tub “package”.
Dealers who seriously specialize in hot tubs will have showroom models, in various shapes and sizes. You probably don’t need much more to decide which size and shape of tub would be best. This is also the time to make decisions on which features and accessories you want to include. The dealer’s sales staff can be extremely helpful here – they will have the ability to estimate a final “package” price for you; they will be able to approximate your operating costs; and they will be able to average out utility and maintenance costs.
A very important step in choosing a reputable dealer is to assess the dealer’s commitment to you, the customer. Is there a good product warranty? Is the installation guaranteed? Is there any after-sales service? A good dealer will offer all of the above – a product warranty without any “fine print” conditions; a guarantee on the installation; and a commitment to after-sales service. As for the hot tub you choose to buy, there’s much to be said for a brand name, and especially one that is known for being quality-built and quality-engineered.
As for the installation, don’t take this for granted. For instance, contracting with a dealer who does it all “under one roof” is a great option, and it can often deliver the best value. Doing it all “under one roof” includes selling a quality hot tub product; undertaking the installation; and providing in-depth customer service during the entire process. The dealer who does it all can often make the process very worthwhile. They can handle the install from end to end; they can oversee the process on an ongoing basis; and they can ensure quality in a finished project.
The dealer with a good team and good staff will service you, even after the installation. They will provide a “start-up” and show you how everything works; they will explain maintenance requirements; and they will describe safety protocol in and around the hot tub. This kind of after-sales service support is a real bonus. A good service team can also troubleshoot some of the problems that may arise; they can assist with replacement parts when needed; and they can often come to the rescue in the event of an unforeseen emergency.
Once the hot tub is functioning, there are some maintenance responsibilities. Routine, regular maintenance is simple and easy, although many dealers offer this as a service. For example, the chemicals in the hot tub water must be monitored and tested regularly. There must be a balance of alkalinity, calcium, and pH level. Where chemicals are not balanced, this can have some potential negative effects on occupants and equipment. A service-oriented dealer will likely offer their customers FREE water testing and analysis – it’s a great service bonus.
The answer to this question really depends on a few key factors. We’ve listed them below:
Firstly, the temperature outside is a definite factor when it comes to determining the safest length of time. If it’s summer time, and quite hot outside, it will take your body longer to cool down, which will lead to overheating. If it’s fall or winter and colder outside, you may experience a fast cool down, which can bring on dizziness. Secondly, the temperature of your hot tub is important to think about. Most hot tubs will not go over 40° Celsius. If you turn the temp down from that by a few degrees, you can spend more time safely in your hot tub.
If you are in good health you can spend as much time as you wish in your hot tub. It is recommended to avoid hot tub use if you are pregnant or have a heart condition.
If you lounge in your hot tub with the water level up to your neck, it will be more difficult for your body to adjust its internal temperature. If you sit up to your chest in the water, you can soak much longer. In addition, it is highly recommended to spend only 15-30 minutes at one time in a hot tub. It is also okay if you spend 45 minutes to 1 hour per hot tub use as long as you pay attention to how you are feeling. If you don’t feel well after this amount of time, get out of your hot tub as soon as possible.
It’s always best to listen to your own body for signals that you’re spending too much time in your hot tub. Here are some health concerns to consider: Lightheadedness or Dizziness are definitely warning signs that your brain is not telling your body how hot it really is. Immediately get out of your hot tub to cool down. If you experience sudden fatigue, a headache, a quick increase or decrease in your heart rate, or a skin tingling feeling, you may be in an overheat mode. It is advised to get out of your hot tub right away and stay hydrated. Another danger is if you experience a sudden drop in blood pressure. You will know if this is happening, if you begin to experience blurred vision, difficulty in concentration and/or if you feel like you are going to faint. It is important to be aware of the above dangers to ensure that your hot tub use is always safe and soothing.
Like a relaxing massage, spending time in your hot tub can bring your body from feeling burdened and stiff to flexible and invigorated. Heat hydrotherapy helps stimulate healing, increase blood flow and relax tense muscles. You can highly benefit from spending time in your hot tub before or after you exercise your muscles. It helps to prevent muscle damage, and will enhance your fitness workouts leading to a healthier body overall. Research shows that muscle recovers best after a workout, if they are warmed up beforehand. It is nice to use your hot tub for 15 minutes before your exercise session to loosen your muscles and get your blood flowing. After you complete your workout, unwind in your hot tub to stimulate the recovery process.
Based on the above, it’s difficult to disregard the fact that hot tubs help sore muscles. Using your hot tub can actually prevent sore muscles in the first place.
There are several health benefits to using your hot tub on a regular basis:
The answer to the above is a definite no! Soaking in your hot tub is super relaxing anytime of year. When it’s cold, it can feel especially good when the bubbly water warms up your body. However additional care is needed to stay safe in a hot tub during the colder seasons. Regular precautions, such as water disinfection, should be followed year around. When the temperature drops, additional precautions are required. Here are a few key ones to follow for a safe, hot tub escape.
It is also strongly recommended that you use a thermal blanket under your hard hot tub cover to keep in the heat. This blanket floats on the water surface and keeps the water heat, inside your hot tub. Thermal blankets are inexpensive and the perfect option to keep the heat inside your hot tub, no matter what the temperature is outside.
Hot tubs are designed to enrich your home environment by complimenting your backyard’s existing aesthetics. Your hot tub is there to support your dynamic lifestyle by easing muscle tension after a workout and warming you up before you exercise. Hot tubs offer multifaceted massage therapy jet systems designed with the intention of connecting to all of the areas in your body, while you sit back and relax. In addition, the hot tub experience lets your whole family and friends get together and connect on a consistent basis, without your electronic devices getting in the way. A high quality hot tub will always serve as a support to you, your interests, and your health, without challenging more than a nominal ongoing investment of money, time, and energy.
At this point, you should have a good sense of how to select a hot tub in Newmarket. And for a dealer who can do it all “under one roof”, look no further than Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs. Our foremost priority is customer satisfaction, and you’ll find our customer service approach is unparalleled in the hot tub industry. We stand behind all of the products that we sell and install, and we’re proud of our people. Our installation teams are the best in the business. They do not shortcuts when they install; they follow established construction codes; and they always install quality parts and equipment.
Our focus at Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs is on quality, and that approach applies to everything we do. Indeed, our President and owner, Craig Walters, oversees virtually every project – and we can do the same for you!
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