Finding the Best Eco-Friendly Hot Tub

Lazy nights in the hot tub are bliss for many homeowners, a reward for life’s daily labors. Owning a backyard hot tub can provide immediate stress relief and draw in family and friends for soothing relaxation. Just take a look at the installation ideas for these denver hot tubs and you’ll see just how bliss they can be.

But how much does your hot tub cost in energy use and environmental harm? Do you wonder about what the effects might be over five or 10 years? If you are an existing hot tub owner, chances may be that you are thinking about upgrading to a more eco-friendly hot tub model.

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Go Green!

So what qualifies a hot tub as environmentally friendly in regards to its construction and operation? Primarily, manufacturers focus on energy efficiency. A hot tub is more green if it’s able to lessen its rate of energy consumption. With less electricity consumed by the hot tub, the more its efficiency rises. Theoretically, this helps to lessen the carbon footprint of the hot tub.

This energy efficiency appeals to many hot tub owners and would-be owners, and as a result, more hot tub manufacturers are producing more energy-efficient tubs.

Energy-saving Heating

Like your home water heater, your hot tub is generally heated to the temperature you need, when it’s time to use it. However, your hot tub doesn’t require heating 24 hours a day; you only need to heat it as you use it. Using an electric timer is a great tool to help save energy and maintain environmental. Simply set the timer to heat 25-30 minutes before you plan to get into the tub. And since your hot tub use is limited (generally) to once or twice a day, you can maintain certain time intervals that work to your budget’s advantage.

Another way to save on energy costs for heating hot tub water is using water spa covers. These covers help keep the existing water heat in when the tub’s not in use. Environmentally-friendly hot tub owners will use hot tub covers, as they reduce hard electricity costs to heat the water. Homeowners should look to a Hot Tub Works hot tub cover to make a smart covers choice.

Insulated Hot Tubs

Outdoor hot tubs will be more prone to changes in weather, like a cold rain or cold front over a weekend. If there’s not an adequate enclosure around the hot tub, then it will definitely cost more money to keep heated. This is where today’s modern insulation comes into play. These layers can range from foam layers under the tub shell, or maxed out with a hot tub that’s fully foamed. These pricier tubs maintain heat better and are worthy units for homeowners to have.

Chemical Alert

Chemicals are the problem child of hot tub ownership. You need to use these harmful chemicals to keep the water clean. But many of these water cleaning chemicals can be harmful to one’s skin or breathing if served up in large amounts. Hot tub owners might see chemical buildup over time, as they continue to use and clean the tubs. This chemical runoff can be detrimental to an environmentally sound hot tub operation.

Finding the best green hot tubs with energy-reducing features and less chemicals can combine to give a homeowner an environmentally friendly, lower maintenance hot tub for enjoyment over the years.