Insulating Inflatable Hot Tubs – What You Need to Know
An insulating inflatable hot tub is a great investment for anyone looking for a low maintenance, energy efficient alternative to an electric, gas or oil hot tub. If you are considering installing one, there are several factors that you should consider. While this article focuses on the technical details, it should be noted that there are numerous differences in the composition of an insulating inflatable hot tub and one made from more traditional materials.
First of all, an insulating inflatable hot tub uses polyethylene fibers or fiberglass to heat the water in your unit. There are also products available that are constructed from aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and even molded plastics. Most of these fiberglass based products are good candidates for indoor use because they are inexpensive to manufacture and easy to install. They are available in a variety of sizes and most manufacturers will be able to match the tubing size you need based on your spa’s total area. You can usually find custom fit models available as well.
Another thing to keep in mind when you are comparing insulating inflatable hot tubs to other types is that spa insulation is completely different from traditional rigid foam insulation used in homes. While both are effective at reducing heat loss through the walls of the home, the foam tubs are more effective at preventing heat loss outside of the spa. Foam is typically sprayed into areas where it will be most effective at slowing the transfer of heat. Insulation is typically sprayed into cavities where it will form a seal against air leaks and against intrusion by air and water. It is effective at reducing the loss of heat inside the structure of the home and increasing the rate at which warm air escapes from the walls of the house.
Of course, traditional rigid foam insulation is also quite effective at reducing the loss of heat outside of the structure of the home, but portable hot tubs generally cost less and provide a greater degree of insulation efficiency than their stationary cousins. Portable hot tubs with insulating insulation are often installed on the wall outside of a spa, while rigid versions should be installed on the ceiling or on the floor of a spa house. The advantage of insulating inflatable hot tubs is that they offer an excellent choice for spas that are located in places where conventional rigid insulation is impractical or cannot be installed. Insulated hot tubs are especially ideal for homes in the northern climates, where cold air rises and goes through windows and doors rather than cooling off in the summertime as it does in the southern states.
Insulating hot tubs are more expensive than most portable hot tubs, but they tend to last longer, which can make them a good investment in the long run. In addition, you may want to consider purchasing additional covers for your spa on rainy days or after heavy storms. These covers will help protect your insulating inflatable from rain and snow that could otherwise reduce the efficiency with which it warms up in the spring. Many of these portable tubs require very little maintenance, which makes them a great solution for homeowners with children or pets.
As with most insulation materials, you should be prepared to do some work in order to properly install an insulating inflatable hot tub. If you intend to purchase an inflatable spa, you should keep in mind that this option uses relatively less space than other alternatives, such as fiberglass and acrylic panels. This means that they can fit into smaller areas, such as above a garage or a small storage area, making them easier to install and relocate if necessary. For added insulation, you can also choose inflatable hot tub covers, which will prevent heat loss through the walls of a house or building. These caps will insulate the interior of the tub, and you should buy the highest-quality models to ensure that they have a lifetime of reliable performance.
Installing insulating inflatable hot tubs is a job best done by a professional, as it is not something that can be accomplished by most homeowners. Even though portable hot tubs are relatively light and easy to install, they must be assembled correctly. One of the main things to remember when installing an inflatable spa is that it should be positioned on a foundation that provides adequate support. If your spa were to be left on a flat surface, the structure would fail and the insulation would not insulate effectively. The floor of the structure should be carefully prepared, using sand to level the area and to create a base that is both stable and solid.
Once you have installed one of the portable hot tub systems that you have chosen, the system should be tested to check for leaks and to ensure that all of the parts are functioning properly. It is also important to follow all instructions carefully, particularly when installing your portable hot tubs. The manufacturer’s instructions are usually fairly simple to follow, although it may take a few people to fully understand and install your system properly. If you are not comfortable with the insulating process, it may be beneficial to contact a professional insulating company to do the job for you.