As soon as the weather gets more crispy, our customers come to us with questions about their favorite way to relax indoors, a cozy hot tub. Even though we prefer the hot tub experience to be outside since it’s more natural, not everyone has space, or some may even prefer to enjoy it in the comfort of their own home.
As enjoyable as it is, installing a hot tub indoors, can be tricky, in comparison to a hot tub in an open space. Luckily, we have thought of a couple of possible obstacles and their solutions for your benefit. Make note that all of these solutions work for any hot tub in the Hot Spring family of spas.
1. Choose the best model.
The indoor models that are in high demand are the Jetsetter and the Prodigy Hot Spring spas, according to Hot Tub Mag. When it comes to getting the best results possible, consulting with professionals, such as an architect or a builder, is a must. You should also contact us to get the specifications for your selected model. If your hot tub is an accessory to a new room that you are building, it is a good idea to leave an appropriate amount of space for it, and better yet install the hot tub before the last wall is up.
2. Choose your flooring wisely.
As you may assume, when dealing with a hot tub, a lot of water spillage will be involved in the process. This is why your floor materials must be chosen wisely. You need to think of flooring options that are non-slippery and allow for easy drainage. Wood, carpet, and “Astroturf” (plastic grass carpet) are the worst possible options because they will rot due to damaging mold and bacteria build-up. The best choice is matte finish tiles, and another tip is to install a floor drain for easier maintenance.
3. A water source.
Options like Hot Spring, Limelight, and Hot Spot Spas, are all convenient and movable, no external plumbing needed. However, it is convenient to have a reliable water source to re-fill the tub, which is why installing a hose bib in the tub room is a great idea.
4. Choose the right wall materials.
A room that has a hot tub in it, is bound to steam up fast. That is why wall options should be picked with caution. The best choices in this scenario are glass enclosures, cement walls, cedar lining, and even drywall, commonly used for bathrooms and kitchens. An extra tip is to install an intact vapor barrier meant to prevent the rotting of studs and joists.
5. Choose the best fans.
Fans are also very important since they prevent dry rotting and help to eliminate moisture. Your builder’s glowing recommendation is probably not your best option. If you want a quiet, efficient, rust-free option, you should consider the Xpelair brand from Coast Products, 954 Elliott Avenue West, Seattle 98119, (206) 285-5120. There is a ceiling version, window mounts, or an external wall so you can choose what suits you best. Make sure to purchase a unit that includes a timer, a thermostat, and a humidistat. To get the job done right, consider hiring an HVAC contractor.
6. Warm up the room.
To eliminate the damages of moisture, a ceiling fan might help with air circulation and heat the room properly.
7. Control the odor.
To get rid of the smell of chlorine, consider the ACE salt system or the odor-free Silk Balance, the best way to sanitize your indoors.