We typically get asked a great deal of questions about hot tubs. Here are just a couple of them:
Q. Exactly what is the difference between a Jacuzzi , spa, hot tub and whirlpool?
A. Generally, the word “health spa” describes any one of a number of jetted, warmed, water-filled tubs. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a health spa is specified as “a well known watering location in Belgium; any location, particularly a resort, having a mineral spring.”
A lot of “spas” are constructed of either acrylic or fiberglass. Acrylic spas are, by far, the much better of the 2 types and will offer longer life and service to their owners.
“Hot tubs” are made from wood, sometimes with a liner set inside. They can supply you with that “jet action”, but without the contoured seating acrylic spas offer.
A “whirlpool”, the way the word is frequently used, describes any spa or hot tub’s circular “water action”. Remember, a “Jacuzzi” is not a generic name for spas. Jacuzzi is a company that makes “whirlpool baths” and spas. Any spa or jacuzzi will offer you this “whirlpool action” of the water.
We like to describe all the above units as Hot Tub Spas. This is sort of a catch-all phrase.
“Jetted Bathtubs” are typically made of fiberglass or acrylic and can be made use of in either a brand-new building, or to change out existing bathtubs. They usually get set up in the bathroom and have a jet pump attached to them. You fill a Jetted Tub each time you want to utilize it, then switch on the jet pump to get that healing result. They do not require the addition of chemicals because you drain the water out after each use.
Q. Should I get a portable, self-contained day spa or an in-ground hot tub system for Myrtle Beach? Exactly what’s the difference?
A. The answer to this question has a lot to do with where you want to put your spa in your home and just how much you agree to have actually done to your home to accept the day spa.
Portable, self-contained spas require no external plumbing, excavation or electrical work. For many, these are the best hot tubs to have for their simplicity of usage. They plug straight into a standard 110 volt household wall socket. A lot of portables can be easily carried by a few individuals, so you can bring them outside in the summertime and inside throughout the winter season (although many individuals take pleasure in using their spa outside even in the winter; it is rather pleasant sitting in a hot health club when it’s cold outside!). Portable spas are also helpful since they can be gotten rid of and transported in the event you sell your home and wish to bring your health club with you. Many individuals build an option around their portable health spa to provide it that “built-in” look, while still allowing them to move the medspa when they so desire. A great deal of fascinating deck work has been done around a number of our clients’ portable spas. (Have a look at our Medspa Picture Gallery for some ideas.).
In-ground spas can be embedded in an outdoors deck, sunk into a cement floor or can be installed semi-in-ground with a wood or tile deck constructed around it. In-ground spas do require some plumbing, electrical and sometimes gas work before you have the finished product. Nevertheless, your dealer can set up all these services for you along with work from your very own private service providers in the event you are likewise having actually a space developed to confine your health club. Frankly, an in-ground health club is at first more costly than the exact same design in a portable device, but it will considerably contribute to the value of your home, while supplying you with a special and relaxing luxury.
Q. How heavy are spas? Will my existing flooring withhold one?
A. Most people think of spas like they do waterbeds – that the water is so heavy that the unit will literally fall through the floor. This notion is far from fact. Unless you choose to acquire a large health spa, the majority of systems on the market will not cause your floor to fall in. The truth is, a health club or a waterbed actually puts in less stress per square foot on a floor than your fridge or even a 55 gallon fish tank! Since the weight is expanded over a large surface area, most contemporary buildings will support the typical day spa with no difficulty. If you are in doubt, it is best to speak with a structural engineer before installing your medical spa.
Q. How are spas heated and are they pricey to run?
A. There are generally two ways commonly used to heat up a health spa: electrical power or gas (natural or gas). Most portable models are heated by electricity. They can be equipped with different heating systems ranging in kilowatt power (generally from 1.5 KW to 11.5 KW). Certainly, the higher the power of your heater, the faster your spa will warm up from a cold temperature. Any size heating unit will be able to preserve the regular wanted heat variety (normally between 101 and 103 degrees). All spa heating units are thermostatically controlled, so there is little danger of boiling yourself!
With in-ground spas, you have more options with heating units. When purchasing an in-ground unit, your heating system is a separate consideration. An in-ground day spa plan should be considered a customized design, each tool being sized individually depending upon the size of the health club shell. You can use either an electric or gas heater with an in-ground health club. Gas heating units will at first be more costly than electric heating units, but in the long run they will be less expensive to run on a month-to-month basis.
It is impossible to give the specific figures concerning regular monthly operating expense. Your monthly energy expense will be entirely based on how frequently you utilize your spa and at what temperature. (The average portable unit, inside your home with a cover, typically costs roughly fifty cents per running day.) All we can tell you truthfully is that we have never ever had a client grumble about the operating costs of their device once they started utilizing and taking pleasure in the relaxing benefits that it provides for them.
Q. What options can I contribute to my spa?
A. Spas, both in-ground and portable, are available in a range of shapes and sizes. Many systems have actually contoured seating and some function lounger sections that let you completely recline in the medspa. We advise you to take a look at a variety of various models before you decide which interior setup you would take pleasure in. You must even get inside one without water in it to see which tub feels finest to you.
You can include a light to either kind of medical spa. Lights have a range of colored lenses that color the water to set the state of mind of the health club. Many individuals who did not at first buy a light with their health club have actually since called us to set up one (at a significantly higher price though). It is to your advantage to obtain the light prior to the health club being set up in your home.
Some designs come with an electronic digital readout touch sensitive control pad installed on the medspa. Aside from looking cool, it provides you with simple access to all the functions of the tub.
On in-ground spas (and on specific portables), you have your option of exactly where the jets lie in the medical spa. You can not only select the number of jets, but their color also. You can also choose in between totally adjustable and non-adjustable jets which will influence the power of the water flow through them.
You might wish to add an Ozonator to the medspa also. Ozonators immediately inject sanitizer into the medical spa water in the form of Ozone gas, making the day spa simpler to care for.
Make sure you ask your salesperson which alternatives are readily available on the particular design health spa you want, as all alternatives are not readily available on all spas.
Q. How should I look for my medical spa?
A. Buying a medspa is a choice you should not feel hurried or pressed into, so make certain to ask the dealership a lot of questions. Like searching for anything else, knowledge is everything. Before you take the plunge into purchasing a medical spa, request a private “test soak” so you can feel the jets and the total convenience of the medical spa.
Here is a list of things to think about and concerns to ask. Do not hesitate to print it out and take it with you when you contrast shop!
- Discover the medical spa’s certain features, convenience of usage and maintenance.
- When the medical spa is not in use, does the water constantly stay hot and clean?
- Do the jets and jet systems allow you to tailor your hydro massage experience?
- How loud are the jets and pump?
- Does the spa offer a balanced filtration system to guarantee clean, clear water?
- Are the filters quickly available?
- Is the heating and filtration system totally automatic?
- Ask about the heater-typically the most vulnerable component of any day spa. Make certain corrosion will not occur.
- Are the controls user-friendly, easy to run and change?
- Existing optional features make medical spa ownership much easier?
- Exactly what are the electrical specifications of the spa?
- How is the seating configured? Are you able to move about quickly?
- Discover how the day spa was built and its energy effectiveness.
- The elements should be fully tested and backed by the maker’s warranty.
- See to it the medical spa is completely insulated, not just fully-foamed.
- Ask how to approximate your monthly operation costs. (Beware of some spas which can cost a lot more each month to run).
- Ask for a copy of the warranty and read it completely. Be careful of the dealership who hesitates to supply a copy.
- What spa parts are covered under guarantee and for how long? Make certain the heating unit, surface/structure, parts, tile and skirt are consisted of.
- How does the maker’s warranty compare to other brands? See to it there are no undesirable restrictions or exclusions.
- Obtain information on the producer and the dealership to ensure you will receive quality service both throughout and after your day spa purchase.
- For how long has the producer been in business?
- For how long has the dealership been in business? Ask about their service policy.
Q. Exactly what should I try to find in the company I choose to get my day spa from?
A. Many business are offering spas nowadays, and while competitors are healthy for business, it can be devastating for the uninformed consumer. Rather honestly, lots of firms are offering spas as a side line and are not actually knowledgeable about the workings or maintenance of their product. Mass merchandisers are also getting into the day spa company, and while they often may offer spas rather inexpensively, they offer no genuine in home guarantee or backup service on the items.
You’ll discover the newspapers filled with “dirt inexpensive health spa bargains”, however you have to be extremely careful of such relative “bargains”. When purchasing an item such as this, you absolutely “get what you pay for”. Watch out for companies that offer you extraordinary prices and offers then forget you ever existed as soon as you have actually made your purchase! Examine references, company awards, trade associations and attempt to get suggestions from some buddies who have spas and enjoy with the company they picked.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588