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Hot Tub or Spa?
The terms "spa" and "hot tub" have been used synonymously in the business since the early years of the industry. Originally they meant two different things, "spa" was used to describe a therapeutic bath built out of acrylic or some other thermoplastic while "hot tub" meant a circular bath or tub that was typically made of wood. Wooden hot tubs were popular as recently as the late '70s and early '80s. but were soon eclipsed by the rapid advances of portable acrylic spas. Still, the term "hot tub" stuck.
What are the health benefits?
At Coast Spas, we believe the number one health benefit of owning a spa is the general improvement in your quality of life as a whole. Owners experience a new and unique opportunity to get together with family and friends in a fun and sociable environment while reducing the stresses inherent in today's busy lifestyles. Abundant documented evidence further shows that the regular use of a hot tub can help to reduce and control the symptoms associated with arthritis, sleep disorders and Type 2 Diabetes.
Is plumbing required to install my hot tub?
No. All spas are self-contained units and are simply filled with a garden hose. Some pool contractors install spas in-ground, but these are usually plumbed directly into a swimming pool equipment area.
Are spas expensive to operate?
Depending on your usage, an average spa costs less than $1 per day to run - even in the coldest climates. Ways to significantly reduce that modest expense include; using a insulated locking cover with a UL rating, purchasing your spa with full foam insulation and ensuring your spas computer controls have ‘smart winter mode’ features - needless to say. we have all of these! Additionally, because of their variable force design, our pumps draw as little as one amp during the filtration cycle for reduced energy consumption.
What type of hot tub should I look for?
That will depend on; the size of your family, your available yard space, your required depth of seating, desired features and your budget. With multiple spa lines and spa types there are dozens of potential configurations, we strive to offer a hot tub that fits every lifestyle and budget. Visit a Coast Spas Dealer near you, their helpful staff will be your best resource when deciding which spa is right for you and your family.
What kind of filtration is the best?
In North America it is law for any commercial establishment to have a closed pressurized filtration system on any public pool or hot tub. Not only is it more efficient and faster than a skim filtration system but it also removes the dirty filter canisters from the bathing area. Without a pressurized system, once the water flow to the filter subsides, the debris that was caught in the filter is free to float back into the spa and re-contaminate the water. We like this idea about as much as sitting in the water with the dirty filters. So Coast Spas developed the Hydro Cyclonic Filtration System®. This is a commercial-grade, pressurized filtration system with the filter canister completely removed from the bathing area and coupled with an oversized skimmer.
How important is horsepower?
A Very important, in our opinion. We think high-output spas are the best because you can reduce their flow when required. But don't get confused by numbers; the real test is flow rating — determined by the amount of water pumped each minute. Turn every jet on and feel for yourself. Without a large powerful motor, you may be required to purchase multiple pumps or reduce the number of jets in your spa. Ask to see a manufacturer's flow chart rating. A simple visual test is viewing the size of the pipes leading into and out of the pump. The larger the pipe size, the higher the flow. Check the amperage rating, too, which is clearly printed on the pump. Higher amperage = higher power.
How many jets should I have?
The number of jets is important, as is their size and placement. All Coast Spas have ergonomically placed jetting systems to help give you the maximum therapeutic benefit. Our jets are designed to target different muscle groups with different amounts of water action. Talk to your spa professional about your individual needs to make sure you get the number, power, quality and action in your jets that will work best for you and your family.
How much should I spend on a spa?
The price of a hot tub is determined by workmanship, materials. size and features. Other options, like lighting packages, stereos, TV and DVD players, will also increase the overall price. Generally speaking. it is much easier and more cost effective to make sure you get all the options and features you want at the time of purchase.