A cedar hot tub offers a green alternative when it comes to purchasing a spa for your home or cabin. When you install your spa in your back yard or on your patio, the natural red cedar will blend into any natural environment. It will become one with nature. It will provide hours of relaxation in a completely natural way. There are many things to consider when buying a cedar hot tub and this article will help guide you in this big decision for your home and family.
The first thing you need to decide is what size hot tub best fits your needs because they can hold anywhere from four to ten people comfortably. Obviously the bigger the tub the more water it will hold, and the more water it holds the more it will cost to heat that water. Also, the more water your hot tub holds the longer it will take to heat up as well. The bigger your spa, the more the spa will weigh when you have it filled with water. Pick a hot tub size that fulfills your family’s needs. For most people a six person spa is just the right size.
Next, you will need to decide on how you will heat the water. There are four options on the market today and each has their advantages and disadvantages. You will need to decide which heating unit is right for you. The first type of heater is a wood-fired heater and is ideal for the remote cabin in the woods. You do not need electricity or gas to run it, it simply uses wood. It takes about five hours to heat up a six person tub with a wood heater.
The next type of heater would be an electric heater. If you purchase this type of heater you will need access to 240 volts of power. With an electric heater you can add jets as an option to the hot tub because the jets need electricity to run. Electric heating is relatively expensive as compared to the other forms of heaters available. It takes about 11 hours to heat up the six person tub with electric heat.
A gas heater (either natural gas or propane) is the next option available as a heater. You will need to run a gas line out to the site where your heater will be in order to run this type of heater. A gas heater can have jets as well, but you still will need access to electricity for the pumps for the jets, but it only takes 120 volts to run these pumps. Gas is an affordable option in heating your water and it only takes about three hours to heat the water in a six person hot tub.
The final type of heater is the best option for most people. It is a gas and electric hybrid heater. You will need access to a gas line as well as 240 volts of electricity to run this type of heater. The biggest advantage in a gas and electric hybrid heater is that you can use gas to heat the tub quickly and then switch to electricity to keep the spa at temperature. If you want to keep your hot tub hot at all times this system allows you to choose which option will maintain the water temperature.
When you decide on what type of heater you want to use and the size hot tub you are going to purchase, the next decision you will need to make is where to install your new spa. You can easily build your new hot tub into your deck or patio. The standard sized hot tub is 48″ high, or four feet but this can be changed by the manufacturer. If you deck is at least four feet off of the ground it is easy to build a deck around the hot tub resulting in a hot tub that seems to be part of the deck. You can hide all of the plumbing and hoses beneath the deck and you will truly have a rustic looking hot tub.
You can also build your spa indoors, provided you have adequate ventilation. A tub built indoors will need stairs built around it in order to get in and out of the hot tub. A nice option to consider is purchasing matching cedar shelves to act as a ring around the tub, allowing you to set your drink or book on the shelf while you soak.
Your new spa can also stand alone outdoors. Accessories you can purchase include insulated covers that maintain the water temperature, and you can purchase stairs and shelves that will help you get in the hot tub and to set your drink when you are soaking.
Finally, a natural wood hot tub will take a bit of basic maintenance in order to keep the water clean and the tub looking good for years of use. When you first get your new tub you will want to put a water repellent stain which will help your hot tub keep its natural beauty. When your hot tub is full you will want a water testing kit and the necessary chemicals to ensure your water p.h. levels are maintained. If you invest a little money for an ionizer and ozone cleaner you can maintain a clean and clear water supply and virtually eliminate the need for harsh chemicals. Keep this in mind if you have reaction to certain chemicals put in pool water.
The next step is to purchase your new hot tub. An electrician may need to be hired to install the correct electricity needed to run the heater and the jets. Also, if you get a gas heater you will want to hire someone to install a gas line for you. When you purchase your tub from a reputable dealer, they will be there with you to answer your questions as you assemble your new addition.