An indoor spa offers year-round relaxation. On a cold winter night or humid summer afternoon, an indoor spa makes relaxing more convenient. However, you need to consider important factors before installing a hot tub inside your house. Learn about some of the factors you need to consider before your new installation.
Although the water is contained inside the spa, the moisture travels beyond the hot tub itself. You need a good ventilation system in place to keep the room from becoming an uncomfortable and possibly damaging environment. Without a ventilation system, this extra moisture will increase the risk of mold forming in the room.
Mold growth poses a health concern, and on certain surfaces, such as wood, the mold can cause the material to deteriorate. Consider installing an exhaust fan in the room with a timer feature.
The timer keeps the fan on while you're enjoying the spa and for a period after you're done to remove any lingering humidity in the air. Have the fan installed before the spa to ensure the fan is fully functional from the start.
When you choose a flooring selection for your indoor spa room, keep water protection and safety in mind. To protect your floor, avoid flooring styles that are highly susceptible to water damage. For example, you'd be asking for trouble if you installed hardwood in the room.
For safety, you don't want to choose a floor style that is slippery. When you add in the fact that the floor will be wet, an already slippery surface with water on it will create a hazardous situation.
A PVC material is a smarter selection because it doesn't absorb water and dries quickly, which reduces the risk of damage and keeps the floor drier and safer. PVC tiles are available in a range of different designs, so you should be able to find a selection that mimics the style you're looking for.
3. Structural Support
Some homeowners accommodate their new spas via an addition to their home. When you go this route before you begin construction, you need to have the exact specifications for the model you plan to install to prevent a future mishap. For example, consider a 56 square foot spa. Assume the hot tub can accommodate around six adults and hold 420 gallons of water.
The framing in the spa room would need to be able to support around 101 lbs. per square foot; anything less could cause the framing to fail. When you design the room and choose the spa later, you could install a hot tub that is too heavy for the room's structure.
4. Water Quality
A spa with cloudy water doesn't sound appealing. But if you don't think about how you'll maintain the quality of the water in the spa now, you could have cloudy water. Unbalanced water could be full of all types of microorganisms that don't just make the water look awful but could also make it unhealthy.
Chlorine is often the go-to tool for treating water, but this chemical is not always the best option for an indoor spa. While useful, chlorine has an overpowering scent. Even if you have a good ventilation system, in a closed space the smell may be overwhelming.
A more appropriate choice might be bromine because it's just as beneficial as chlorine but doesn't come with the strong smell.
Keep these tips in mind to get the most out of your home spa. For more preparation tips and choosing a hot tub and all your spa maintenance needs, contact Pate’s Pool Service & Supply to learn about our services.