Do you need planning permission to install a hot tub?
Planning permission is not normally required for items of a relocatable/tempory nature like a Hot tub, however, if you live in an area of outstanding natural beauty, or listed property or a conservation area you would do well to seek advice from the planners before installing your tub.
How do you actually move and install the hot tub?
Most Hot tubs are very heavy and easily damaged, so if you intend to move one make sure you have plenty of help and good dollies/trailers to help move the tub. It is usual to put a Hot tub on its side for moving but take care not to put it on the pumps side as the door on most Hot tubs is very weak. If in doubt call us, we are experts in moving Tubs and insured.
How long should it take a hot tub to get hot?
Firstly, we must remember hot tub heaters vary considerably, from 1KW up to6KW, and the volume of water to be heated varies, as does the mains water temperature from summer to winter. A final point – hot tubs are designed to be hot 24/7. Once a hot tub is hot you, are only ever topping up lost heat. A 1.5KW heater will put about 3 degrees of heat into a spa per hour, so a typical 1/2 hour use will drop the spa temperature about 1 degree, meaning it will take about 20 minutes to recover.
How much does a hot tub cost to run?
The least expensive designs will cost about £5 a week to own, up to £30 for other designs. If built correctly, an average 300 gallon hot tub used 1/2 hour per day, every day, with an average 15p per kW energy cost will cost the owner about £260 a year.
Is it more efficient to keep your hot tub hot, or heat it up for each use?
If you use your tub most nights, then provided your tub has been made with a good cover and quality insulation, then is best to keep hot. This way, your heater will cut in and out as it needs to, and in summer may hardly come on at all. If your tub use is less often, and/or your tub is not insulated to a very high standard, then you are much better off turning it off between use. Note: In the winter, because of the risk of freeze damage if the tub is not being heated, it should be completely drained if you are switching the heat off.
What do you need to prepare before installing a hot tub?
To install your hot tub, you only need to worry about three things: A solid flat Base A Power Outlet Hose to fill If you plan to sink the spa, there will be the added consideration of access to the component door for servicing, so do bear that in mind when planning and preparing your base. Always get full installation instructions from your supplier, which should include specific advice on sinking the model purchased.