Pros of Indoor and Outdoor Spas and top 5 Requirements
Whether your desire to own a spa was sparked by spending an enjoyable evening in a friend’s outdoor spa or unwinding in a spa inside a hotel suite, your experiences were probably similar. As the powerful jets massaged your muscles and the warm water rejuvenated your body and mind, you felt relief and comfort. Both indoor hot tubs and outdoor spas offer pleasure, the healing benefits of hydrotherapy, and convenience. Regardless of whether your spa is inside or outside, a wonderful soak is just steps away.
Benefits of Indoors
Like many things that are installed inside instead of out in the elements, an indoor spa is most convenient because it can be used all year round regardless of the weather. Depending on your area’s climate, using an outdoor hot tub could mean subjecting your body to intense heat, cold, or precipitation. There will be no such problems with indoor hot tubs. Installing an indoor hot tub is a way to enjoy your purchase in a private and comfortable setting. Getting your relaxation away from gawking neighbors.
Top 5 Indoor Installation Requirements
- The floor must be non-skid, easily cleaned and waterproof. Think outdoor tiles or bathroom tiles.
- The floor also must be strong enough to support a spa that can weigh over two tons when full.
- The walls and ceiling should have a vapor barrier installed to protect wood studs and rafters.
- Drywall soaks up moisture, instead look at architectural plastic, wall tile or cedar planks.
- A dehumidification system or unit is a must, or windows and fans to eject moisture when using the spa.
Benefits of an Outdoor
Outdoor spas are easier to install than indoor spas and simpler to maintain. Plus, high-quality spas are built to withstand the elements. Durable, weather resistant cabinets stand up to the wind and the rain, while heavy vinyl covers protect your hot tub’s interior. The downsides? There are few. Here are the pros of installing a spas outdoors. Easier delivery and installation. It’s easier to install a hot tub in your backyard or on your deck than in your home. While you will still need to install a foundation and make the required outdoor electrical connections, the overall cost of installation should be lower Open Ventilation. Outside, you don’t have to worry about proper ventilation. Any excess humidity your hot tub creates will be blown away by the wind and have no negative effect on your deck or patio.
Top 5 Outdoors Installation Requirements
- Your hot tub needs a solid, level foundation. The area that your hot tub sits on must be able to support the weight of the hot tub, the water in it, and those who use it.
- All 240V spas must be permanently connected (hardwired) to the power supply.
- It’s always best to avoid areas with excessive water exposure (areas in the path of sprinklers or under roof edges without rain gutters).
- Check local and national codes for fencing and childproof gate requirements around the spa.
- Avoid positioning the spa in an area where dirt and debris would be tracked into the spa. Wherever possible, provide a stone, concrete, or paver path to the spa site.
It is a good idea to envision your new spa in a certain location before having it installed. Think about how enjoyable it will be in a given location as well as what installation would be like. You can ask the advice of a contractor in this scenario as well to get an idea of any logistical issues that might arise. To make the installation process as smooth as possible, and to help avoid future problems or issues, plan on incorporating professional experts in the planning and installation processes. Consulting a contractor prior to installation and getting an electrician to do the wiring can save you a lot of trouble down the road.
Once your American Spa has been professionally installed, you’re ready to enjoy the fun and relaxation that comes with years of happy spa ownership. Check out our post Spa Maintenance is Easier than you Think to clean a spa to keep your spa fresh, clean, and ready for fun all year round.
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