Before you buy FAQ's
Hot tubs are designed to fit seamlessly into your allocated space. You will get more use from your hot tub if it is positioned close to a door for convenient access.
Hot tubs are available in a variety of sizes, from tubs to be enjoyed by one or two of you to tubs designed for large parties.
Choose a spa that has jets positioned to provide the relief you need, precisely where you need it.
Hot tubs are designed for daily use, so a reliable hot tub is important.
Hot tubs range dramatically in price depending on the model, size and features. To narrow down your options to determine a target price it is important to determine which features are most important to you.
Relocatable or temporary items such as hot tubs do not normally require planning permission, however in cases relating to an area of outstanding natural beauty, a listed property or a conservation area it is advisable to consult with your local planning authority.
We do recommend professional installation as most hot tubs are very heavy and are easily damaged without the use of adequate equipment and we at Northern Spa hot tubs offer free installation,. You are of course welcome to install your own hot tub if you have the confidence and experience to do so.
Three things are required before installation: a solid, level base for the hot tub to stand on, a power outlet, and a hose pipe to fill it up with.
If you plan to sink the spa, access to the component door for servicing needs to be taken into consideration, keep that in mind when planning and preparing your base. Always get full installation instructions from your supplier, these should include specific advice on sinking the model purchased.
This depends on a few factors; Hot tub heaters vary considerably, from 1KW up to 6KW, mains water temperature varies throughout the year and the volume of water to be heated varies.
Example - you should expect a 300 gallon hot tub with a 1.5kW heater, with summer temperature mains water to be hot in approx 20 hours. Bigger spas, different heaters and winter mains water will all have longer or shorter heating times.
If you use your spa most nights, and your spa has been made with a good cover and quality insulation, then it is more efficient to keep it hot continuously. This way, your heater will only come on when required to top up heat, and in summer may hardly come on at all. It is much more efficient to turn it off between each use if the hot tub is not insulated to a high standard, it doesn't have a good quality cover or you are not using it regularly.
Note: Due to the risk of freeze damage during the winter, if you are switching the heat off the hot tub should be completely drained.
Most hot tubs are filled with a hose pipe. The time it takes to fill it with water is dependant on the size of the hot tub and therefore how much water is required to fill it, what size of pipe you are using and your water pressure.
Example - 300 gallon hot tub filled in an area with reasonable water pressure using a standard 3/4 hose should take approx 1.5-2hrs to fill.
Water is generally good for the skin, however hot water over a long period can cause your skin to dry out, therefore maintaining the correct pH and sanitizer balance so as not to cause skin irritation is important. I would also advise that a good moisturiser is used all over after using your hot tub.