If you are on a budget but would like to enjoy the water of your built in hot tub, you will need to factor in the cost of accessories when you decide what the total cost will be. The items that make up this cost include the chemicals, pumps, and filters. A pump is not included as standard with every tub, but some companies do offer pumps that can be added. Filters that are specially made for hot tub use are another item that can drive the price up.
The chemicals that are used to treat the water are another item that will raise the price. Hot tub chemicals are designed to kill bacteria and disinfect the water. Most manufacturers require that these chemicals be certified by the International Health Maintenance Organization or IIO. The IIO certification program verifies that the chemicals have been tested and meet acceptable safety standards.
The filter that is used on your hot tub will be an additional expense. Built in filters that work from a liquid solution will have a lower overall cost than the filters that are considered forced air. The type of filter that you choose will depend upon your hot tub and what you want to do with it.
Some chemicals, such as anti bacterial and anti fungal ones will need to be replaced on a regular basis. This is something that should be discussed with the manufacture of your tub. The life of these chemicals in a hot tub will vary greatly depending on how often they are used. The cost of replacing them will vary as well. Hot tub chemical treatment can be done on an annual or monthly basis.
Replacement parts for pumps and filters can be expensive. Even if you find a supplier that provides this service at a discount rate, there are other parts that are necessary for proper functioning of a hot tub. Most people do not consider the presence of these components until it is too late to save money on a part. When the pump or filter fails, for example, the cost of replacement is very expensive. If you think that you will have trouble locating a dealer that sells parts at a reasonable price, you might want to think again.
As with many things in life, price varies greatly by location. Parts and service centers located in retail stores generally charge more than those located online. Shipping charges are another factor that can drive the price of a hot tub up considerably. Having your hot tub delivered to your door may seem like a great way to cut down on the cost, but you may be surprised to learn that it actually costs more. In addition, the time that it takes to assemble and install a hot tub can add substantially to its price.
It is possible to buy a hot tub that is already built. You will pay slightly more than if you went with a pre-built tub. If you have chosen to have your tub custom built rather than buying one that is rebuilt, you can expect to pay anywhere from three thousand dollars to six thousand. Some tubs are built so well that they are rarely replaced even though they are still under warranty. Hot tubs that are built in this manner are called portable tubs and usually cost anywhere from one thousand to five thousand dollars.
If you do not have a lot of extra cash on hand, you can expect to pay anywhere from one hundred to three hundred dollars for a tub that is well built and ready to use. Portable tubs can usually be found for around one hundred to two hundred dollars. On the other end of the scale, you can find custom built hot tubs that can run into the thousands of dollars. With so much riding on the quality of your tub purchase, you need to make sure that you are getting a good deal.