When you purchase a new hot tub, it’s the last thing on your mind is determining the logistics of actually installing this new feature in your backyard. You’re ready to get your dream spa home, set up, and climb inside for a nice, relaxing soak.
Prior to bringing your hot tub home, you need to make sure you have the perfect location set aside for it in your yard. To save you time and stress, here are some important questions to ask yourself to help simplify your life.
Indoors or Outdoors?
While there are benefits to installing a hot tub in your home, the majority of homeowners install their hot tubs outside. For indoor installation, choose a room or location which is well ventilated to handle the humidity and constant smell of chemicals. The room also needs to be equipped to deal with overspill or water leakage.
An indoor location is best for some given the added privacy and protection the interior of your home can offer. Finding a place indoors with a room built to handle the harsh conditions of a hot tub may for some be impossible.
The more popular choice, and the more practical choice for most homeowners, is going with an outdoor location for your hot tub. This option is faster and easier to install, which means quicker access to your hot tub. When considering which location you’d like to place your hot tub, take into consideration how close the hot tub will be to your back door. Come January (and those other freezing months) how far do you want to walk to get into your hot tub?
Find a spot under an overhang, or with some type of protection overhead, to keep the hot tub guarded from direct sunlight and water exposure. Also, consider the aesthetics of your backyard and how you can include a hot tub in your backyard which is visually appealing and blends in with your landscape design. There are many options and ideas out there for creating the ideal hot tub deck or other composition to create the ideal space for you to relax in.
Measuring for Success
The ideal location for a hot tub is on a flat, solid surface that can’t be weakened by water, since water will inevitably end up on the base. Hot tubs are heavy, and it’s absolutely essential you have a base to support the weight. Also, make sure you measure out a space before you buy. Nothing is worse than getting everything ready for installation, just to find out on delivery day that the hot tub doesn’t fit.
If the best views in your yard are found on the opposite side of the property from your house, you should contact an electrician prior to purchasing your hot tub to be sure electrical lines can safely be run to that location. Electrical access is essential to operate a hot tub so make sure you have access to electricity to save yourself the headache.
Additional Factors to Consider
Regardless where you install your hot tub, make sure it’s been properly childproofed. When placing the hot tub outside, make sure you put your spa on a concrete, stone, or brick platform. When laying the pad for your hot tub to sit on, make sure there are no dips, sags, or any kind of unevenness which may lead to serious problems later on. In some cases, the foundation for your hot tub may slope slightly. If this happens, make sure the slope is pointed away from your home and is no more than a ½” slope per 8” run.
As you consider the hot tub placement and foundation, remember placing your hot tub on grass, dirt, or bark will result in a dirty hot tub much quicker, and let’s face it—you want to spend your time enjoying the benefits, not cleaning your hot tub.
Purchasing a spa or hot tub is a significant investment, and one that, if carefully researched and evaluated, will reward you with years of relaxation and fun for you and your loved ones. A quality hot tub will last well over a decade, but what constitutes a quality hot tub? What other factors should be considered for personal comfort? How do you know you are making a purchase that will fit your needs and desires and will continue to provide the relaxation you deserve?
Here are some questions to consider while choosing the perfect hot tub for you.
How do you plan on using your spa or hot tub?
Do you plan on primarily using your hot tub for you and your spouse to relax after a long day, or for multiple occupants at large parties? Understanding your desired size can help you narrow down your selection. Size is not always equal to capacity; however, it is important to determine both the dimensions and the capacity. Most hot tubs range in seating 2 to 8 people.
In addition to capacity, seating arrangements and styles should be taken into account. Many spas offer both lounge seats and upright seating combinations. Upright seating will open up more space and may provide for greater capacity, whereas lounge seating takes up more room in the hot tub, but provides reclined relaxation. There are many combinations to choose from when deciding on seating type and arrangements, so consider your needs and research thoroughly.
What should you look for in spa jet systems?
In recent years, there has been exciting innovations in spa hydrotherapy and interchangeable jets. Jetting systems can vary greatly between manufacturers and models, however. Consider looking for ergonomic jetting styles with adjustable flow, like the JetPak Therapy System available through Bullfrog Spas of OKC, which allows you to customize your jets to your liking at purchase, change the jetting system when desired, and adjust the flow volume to completely tailor your spa experience to you. Consider choosing a variety of jet types, from swirling, pulsating, steady, or oscillating flows. Different jet types will lend to different massage sensations.
Be wary of manufacturers who tout the quantity of jets, rather than placement and quality, as the latter will matter more in the overall benefit of your spa therapy experience.
What should you know when considering spa construction and energy efficiency?
Most high quality spas are made from an extremely durable acrylic shell placed on a support structure. This waterproof material is impervious to chemical saturation, moisture, and wear from exposure to elements overtime. High quality tubs will also be made using a frame of ABS or another durable composite material. This structure ensures precision in the manufacturing process and an exact fit and finished when compared with handmade frames of wood or metal, which are more likely rot and corrode overtime and be affected by human error. Some spas are made from a rotary molded plastic such as the plastic used in folding picnic tables or kayaks. Though this type of plastic is cost effective, it also delivers lower quality and will affect overall longevity.
When planning for monthly operating costs, take into consideration the energy efficiency of your tub. First, look at insulation. Fully foam-insulated tubs will be most effective in avoiding heat escape. Check to ensure your hot tub meets or exceeds the California Energy Commission (CEC) guidelines, which will ensure that your tub conserves energy even in very cold climates. Check to ensure your spa cover is well made and fits securely. If you should need a replacement, contact the manufacturers to avoid energy loss.
Plumbing can significantly affect energy costs. The more plumbing built into your spa, the more exposure to the environment and the more friction will occur before water is pumped through the jets. Find a tub with minimal plumbing to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
What extra features are there to consider?
Many spas offer extra features, such as colored mood lighting, built in sound systems, spa lid lifters, ozone purifier systems for easy water care, as well as mobile control apps to remotely monitor jets, heating and security settings. While not changing your spa’s performance, some of these features can provide for an enhanced spa experience.
In summary, when careful consideration is given to your intended spa usage, spa construction, energy saving features, and jet systems, you will be able to find the perfect spa for your needs and enjoyment.
Is a Hot Tub or a Pool the best choice for your home? Water therapy and family time are both great reasons to consider making your backyard a wet retreat. You may have had conversations about purchasing a hot tub or swimming pool and perhaps have even done some shopping. There are things to consider when thinking of what water may be best for your home.
Consider the size needed in your yard. While a pool offers more space for people to float or play water volleyball, being far apart may not be so great. Smaller pools are available, but they do require a lofty budget.
An above ground portable hot tub can cost as little as a few thousand dollars, or a full size in ground pool can be $50,000 or more, often times much more than that. The range of cost is so broad that it is extremely difficult to compare the two. Preparing your yard for a pool and leveling are all costly preparations. Materials, labor, add-on’s, size/depth of the pool and the condition of your backyard all can create more of an expense.
Upkeep costs are another area where pools and hot tubs may be more similar than different, depending on your usage. Consider the amount of time vacuuming or sweeping leaves/dead bugs from a pool and the fact that it’s uncovered during its season of use-typically.
Hot tubs also require chemicals, but a Bullfrog Spa is 90% more efficient than any other hot tub. And adding an ozone purification system will assist you by lowering the amount of needed chemicals, prolonging the tub equipment and optimizing your water conditions.
Hydrotherapy creates the distinct advantage over a pool. Hot water dilates blood vessels while circulation improves. Pain lessens as joints and bones are flushed with newly circulated blood. An increase in blood flow, created by hydrotherapy, also has shown to reduce blood pressure -a person will sleep better and more deeply. A pool simply does not have water hot enough, not to mention jet therapies strong enough to provide your hydrotherapy.
A heated pool is more costly than a non-heated pool. Depending on weather, at best you can expect a solid three months of pool usage. A hot tub is something that can provide hydrotherapy and fun year-round. Adjusting the temperature allows you to get more time throughout all seasons from your hot tub.
If space or cost is an issue an above ground spa does an excellent job of meeting your water recreational needs. Numerous hydrotherapy benefits and multiple therapies available through Bullfrog Spas’ JetPak Technology are just the beginning of a multitude of reasons hot tub ownership will benefit you.
Shopping for a hot tub can be overwhelming. You have made the decision, and possibly your creaking neck and stress levels remind you multiple times daily that it’s time for hydrotherapy. We have shopped the hot tub market in Oklahoma City, and in fact, prior to opening the authorized dealership of Bullfrog Spas almost bought a different brand (AHHHHH gasp! Say it isn’t so!?!?- guess what, it is!)
There are a few things people voice concerns about, and we want to discuss those in this blog.
Get a licensed electrician to come and give you a no-cost estimate. You may have premature sticker shock and fear something that truly is not near the cost you envision.
It is also recommended for the sake of your family’s safety, and we consider furry members as family members, too, that you have your electrical wiring checked. Winter storms, ages of homes, changes in your neighborhood are among things that can all have an effect on your electricity.
Getting the environment ready
There are economical ways to use pavers, decking materials and incorporate a beautiful hot tub into the space that fits best for your family. If budgeting calls for creating something that is not your dream keep this in mind- once you are in your Bullfrog Spa truly enjoying me time, or connecting with loved ones, and experiencing a more happy, healthy life you will not notice what sits under the tub. After all, our goal is to keep you safe and have your hot tub in a stable location. Here are some tips for preparation as well as a link to some of our Pinterest ideas. There are also images of all models of our spas online, installed, in various environments.
Do your research! Read online reviews, talk to friends and family and visit with your sales person. It’s okay to ask questions-we believe the most stupid question is the one left unasked. Consider the time you were buying an auto or your first home. A Bullfrog Spa will be with you many years, and even if you plan to move locations this hot tub will most likely go with you. Warranty information and truly trusting your sales person and the company is vital. Our team will educate you and review all of these prior to any sale.
Considering how many people and truly what you will need your hot tub to do for you are the best starting points in selecting the proper hot tub. It’s important to see how the hot tub fits, and we encourage you and any primary users to come into our showroom with your socks for the shopping experience (unless, of course, it’s a surprise). Seeing how your/their body fits and checking lounger lengths are great gauges to choose the right size. If you prefer more seats or a lounger in your Bullfrog Spa this exercise will steer you into the perfect hot tub fit.
Owning a hot tub and maintaining it is feasible and economical. We will consult with you on chemicals, how to maintain and treat your hot tub and the water, review cycles and listen to your needs and wants. This customer care will continue after we deliver and install your spa. We do offer financing and have periodic promotions which offset the costs of the tub and sometimes include accessories. Tax returns, bonus or commission checks, selling a luxury item you currently own that you/your family use(s) infrequently are all ways to find money for your Bullfrog Spa.
Our goal at Bullfrog Spas of Oklahoma City is to find you the best fit-financially and personally. We listen, recognize the importance of this investment, and we will maintain the level of service you receive when you shop with us. Our expertise and care for your enjoyment of your hot tub will last as long as you do. The corporate support and warranty programs on our hot tubs are impeccable.
So what are you waiting for?!? Let’s get your spa design configured and discuss getting you into your own backyard retreat- happy, healthy, irreplaceable moments await you!
Hot Tubs are fun, therapeutic and provide lots of benefits in all facets of life. While your private retreat or much needed time to connect with loved ones is priceless, there are some safety tips we recommend following for you and your family to safely enjoy your spa.
Proper Ventilation Indoor spas should be ventilated naturally or mechanically (i.e., an exhaust fan). If you begin to experience a sore throat or sensitivity improve the ventilation of your area (open windows, install exhaust fan, etc.)
Temperature — Keep your spa water less than 104°F.
Medical Conditions — Consult your physician before using a spa. Persons with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions need to take extra measures for their hot tub therapy.
Shower First — To reduce the likelihood of contaminating spa water and to minimize health risks, always shower with soap and water prior to use.
Infection Spreading – Anyone with open sores or any type of infection should not use the spa. Hot water spreads infection, especially if sanitizer levels are not properly maintained.
Child Safety — Children should not be permitted to use the spa without adult supervision.
Pregnancy — Please consult your physician before using a spa.
Long Hair – It is suggested to tie long hair back to keep it away from the filter intake and drain. Here are some hair style ideas.
Electrical Appliances — Avoid electrical devices while using a spa.
Severe Weather – Keep apprised of severe weather conditions and avoid spa usage during electrical storms, tornadoes, etc. You can keep tabs of updates and weather conditions or download an app of a local news channel.
If you need more information on your hot tub and safety conditions you may call us at (405)605-5330.
The health benefits of hot tubs are endless. The escape from reality and time for yourself while you soothe the soul is unquantifiable. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, whether you are single or attached, a parent or not, a Bullfrog Spa will bring you and yours years of healthy happiness together.
Date nights, designer sunglasses, or chocolates and roses are among some of the gifts people usually give their sweetheart. But these gifts can be costly, unhealthy, or enjoyed by one person only. People expect to receive gifts they hint about. We challenge you to surprise and do what is unexpected- the best gifts are those we cannot measure, predict or fathom how much we can use or enjoy.
A Bullfrog Spa is the perfect way to say “Be Mine” on Valentine’s Day! Just as you are unique and an individual, why would you buy a gift for yourself or a loved one that is ordinary and “expected!?!” With 16 JetPak therapies, only our hot tubs can enhance your experience! Bullfrog Spas transform a simple night at home into a luxurious night of romance and relaxation.
Our customers tell us daily how much they enjoy connecting and feeling better-alone or together. The consistent theme among all of our spa owners is that they did not realize how much they would fall in love with the Bullfrog Spa in their home!
Don’t take our word for it- Here are the Love Letters we have received from Bullfrog Spa owners.