Things to Consider When Deciding Where to Install Your Hot Tub
Hot tubs are very versatile and can work in almost any location or environment. Before deciding where to install your hot tub, here is a list of important considerations.
Outdoors or Indoors?
Hot tubs can be quite versatile in that they are just as useful indoors as they are outdoors. Deciding which location is best for you will depend on personal preference, local climate, available space and type of use. If you live in an extremely hot or cold climate, an indoor hot tub might provide more comfortable surroundings. That said, some of the most enjoyable times in an outdoor hot tub can occur in the dead of winter or on a hot summer night. If you have an amazing indoor gym that you frequently use, having a hot tub nearby might complement the set up quite well. On the other hand, backyards typically have a lot more space in which to install a hot tub.
Understanding the effects of the different seasons on your area will play a role in where to install your hot tub. If you suffer from long, cold winters, you probably don’t want to be walking a huge distance from the house to the tub. Consider an installation site closer to the house. If you experience hot, sunny summers, installing a hot tub in an exposed location might make the heat unbearable in the middle of the season. Try to work with the surrounding structures and vegetation to allow for some shade. If the spring or autumn gets quite windy in certain areas of your yard you may end up with a lot of debris and organic material falling into the tub. Consider placing the hot tub in an area with a bit more shelter.
You don’t want the whole neighbourhood watching you while you’re trying to relax in your hot tub. Choosing a location that gives both you and your neighbours privacy will allow you to relax and your neighbours to not have to worry about overhearing your conversations at all hours. At the same time, preventing neighbourhood children from easily accessing the hot tub when you’re not around can prevent a tragedy from occurring. Using proper gates and fencing along with strategic use of the existing vegetation can create a safe and private sanctuary.
Making sure your hot tub isn’t installed in a dangerous location, such as underneath power lines, near electrical outlets or too close to neighbouring properties will play a role in where to place your hot tub. You will also need a level and stable foundation for the tub considering that they can easily weigh over 1000 kilograms when filled with water. Although you don’t want to be too close to any electrical outlets, you will need to be close enough to access to a high voltage power supply. You will also want to ensure there’s enough space to get your tub from the delivery truck to the backyard long before the shipment arrives. Other things to consider would be the ease of entry and exit from the house to the tub, the proximity to leaf or pollen shedding plants or trees, and light sources for night time soaking.
Choosing where to install your hot tub will come down to personal preference, the layout of your property and how you plan to use your tub. Feel free to download a hot tub buyer’s guide to learn more about hot tubs and their benefits.