One of the most common questions that comes up in reference to the financial aspect is how does much hot tub maintenance cost? In this article, we’ll reveal some of the most common hot tub costs associated with maintenance to help you determine this aspect of your hot tub budget.
Sinking into a hot tub for a warm and soothing soak after a long, stressful day can really change your overall well being. And when you’re seeking that feeling day after day, you’ll determine you might want to consider becoming a hot tub owner. With the decision to buy a hot tub comes a multitude of questions as you determine which hot tub is right for you. Ultimately, you’ll probably ask the internet a lot of questions about types, features, costs, and more associated with hot tub ownership. One of the most common questions that comes up in reference to the financial aspect is how does much hot tub maintenance cost? In this article, we’ll reveal some of the most common hot tub costs associated with maintenance to help you determine this aspect of your hot tub budget.
First, it’s important to note that maintenance will vary based on a number of factors including the brand and model itself, energy efficiency, insulation and motor, and the water temperature. The spa’s water management system, how often it is used, as well as the climate and season in which it is operating will also impact costs.
Let’s start with the brand and model of the hot tub. While maintenance costs will still be required of a top-of-the-line model from a reputable brand, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing this type of hot tub has the best insulation, water care systems, durable materials, and excellent warranties. These factors can help contribute to lower maintenance costs overall.
Hot tubs typically run on electricity, not LP or propane gas. Electricity powers the entire hot tub from running the jets, heating the water, circulation, and lights. When it comes to simply the added costs to your utility bills, estimates in the California Energy Commission ratings suggest hot tubs from major brands range in cost from $10 to $21 per month. The average cost of electricity for the most efficient models should be closer to $15 or less per month. As you would expect, electrical costs in areas with high KWh rates will be higher. Frequency of use will also impact your average electrical costs.
When it comes to additional monthly costs, remember that your hot tub will require the addition of chemicals after each use and during scheduled filtration cycles. You’ll generally just need to add a small amount of chlorine or bromine sanitizer, with weekly adjustments as needed. The more advanced the hot tub’s water management system can also affect the amount of chemicals needed, and ultimately the cost to purchase them. This monthly cost can range between $10 to $40, depending on the quality of the hot tub, how often it is used, and the time of year it is used.
The filter in your hot tub is vital to keeping your hot tub water sparkling and clean. It is advised to rinse and clean the filters on a monthly basis to help keep your water clean and your pumps running efficiently. Filters range in cost from $40 to $50 per filter. However, if you purchase two filters and alternate use (use one, then clean it and use the other), they should last for a year.
While many people may be concerned about the costs associated with the water use of their hot tub, it’s important to realize that the typical U.S. household uses 400 gallons of water every day. This is the same amount of water that a typical hot tub holds. However, the hot tub water will last up to four months and equates to less than 1 percent of that total household consumption. Keep in mind that hot tub use can actually help conserve water usage in a household. Rather than heating up the water to fill your bathtub every time you want to relax, spa users can enjoy a hot soak immediately — without the water waste of emptying the tub after just one use.
There are some other key factors to consider that will help keep your hot tub maintenance costs low. Aside from the aforementioned quality and durability of materials, insulation and energy efficiency, water care systems, you should also check with your hot tub dealer about the model’s warranties. These can cover other maintenance costs such as repairs or replacement of parts.
The necessity of a very high-quality hot tub cover cannot be understated. This is your hot tub’s first line of defense against the elements and debris. A good cover can help maximize heat retention as well, contributing to lower electricity costs related to running the hot tub.
When it comes down to it, hot tub maintenance cost will vary based on the factors mentioned in this article. Simply put, most coffee drinkers will spend more each month on their daily cup of joe than they will on their hot tub maintenance costs.
A hot tub is a longtime investment and the overall impact on your wellness should certainly outweigh the costs. We believe this article can help you determine the factors you should consider for your next hot tub to ensure your very best and most soothing experience — with reasonable maintenance costs.