Pros & Cons of Indoor Hot Tub Installation

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It may sound unusual for someone to want an indoor hot tub, but actually, it’s quite a popular demand. Don’t forget, a hot tub is the same as a Jacuzzi, the latter is just a brand name we’ve all gotten used to. They exist since the 4th century when Therma in Ikaria, Ancient Greece, was used for hydrotherapy.

Today, people use them for various reasons besides hydrotherapy. Some use them as bathtubs as well, although that is completely out of character. This is because hot tubs should be filled with water and stay like that for some time, even after each use. Their sanitary conditions are the same as for the swimming pools which also means that you shouldn’t use soaps and shampoo unless you have an air-jetted hot tub.

With these differences, hot tubs are completely different installation and addition to the house. Nevertheless, if you want one, look at these pros and cons you must know before you decide to install one.

PROS

1.      A calming environment

Spas can cost a lot and they require that you take some time off work and leave home. This is not easy for people who have demanding jobs, as well as families and are trying to juggle it all successfully. Instead of going to the spa, bring one to your home.

Installing a hot tub is a great option for busy people since it will give them a couple of hours in the calming environment to recharge themselves. Position the lighting in the bathroom so that it helps to create a refreshing and serene atmosphere, and pour yourself a drink and enjoy you tranquil moment.

2.      Quality family time

Although hot tubs are not for small children and you will have to make sure they don’t get in there alone, you can have great quality time there together. This can be a good chance to show your kids some swimming moves, or simply have a constructive conversation with them.

However, don’t let them drink the water and make sure they understand they can’t get in there alone. Also, find out as much as you can about the safety precautions before you decide to allow your kids inside. One of the ways to protect your children is to cover the hot tub when not in use and pay more attention to sanitation agents you use.

3.      Use it regardless of the season

Outdoor hot tubs are usually not used during the winter although some still do and it’s believed to be good for the body. If you are not one of those people then you certainly need a hot tub inside to use during the whole year. Additionally, you can easily connect your bathtub to the outside if you use retractable glass walls and add some plants around it.

4.      Private relaxation area

When you decide to have a hot tub inside, it’s best to create a completely special area where you can install it. This way, you can jump in the hot tub after a hard workday, or when you have friends over. There are many décors for this type of addition to the house, and be sure that some will make your guest jealous.

Installing a big screen TV to watch while in the hot tub is practically necessary, as are candles for the more romantic settings. Something like this might require bathroom renovators that will do the job properly and make everything look perfect. Use tainted-glass windows to get natural light in and still keep your privacy from the neighbors.

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CONS

1.      Chemical smells

You will have to make sure that between each emptying and filling up, you use appropriate cleaning agents, especially if you don’t use the hot tub for a while. Additionally, since your hot tub will stay filled with water, or at least that’s the rule, you will have to use sanitation agents to make sure that water is free of bacteria.

This will create a certain chemical smell in the room, no matter how many scented candles you lit or air fresheners you use. Even venting the room won’t help much, especially during the winter when you want to keep the room warm.

2.      Humidity issues

You may want to choose the materials in your bathroom or hot tub area carefully, since humidity it will create can form mold and rot. This is especially important if you want to use wooden elements since they’re sensitive to moisture. Also, consider installing a good HVAC unit that will drain some of the humidity out and refresh the air.

3.      Expenses

Installing a hot tub inside can cost you more, but it is something you either do or don’t so depending if you’re prepared for the expense. However, when it comes to energy bill and possible repairs, that can be a considerable expense. HVAC will raise your energy bill, so be prepared for that increase of your household expenses. However, if you choose the trusted contractor from the start you may only have to perform regular maintenance and use it properly as instructed by the manufacturer.

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All in all

Having your peace and quiet soaked in the swirling waters while air bubbles gently massage your body is worth having a hot tub, alone. Now, knowing the pros and cons of having it inside your home, it’s up to you to decide where you want to install it.

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