Are hot tubs high maintenance?

Though it might seem like hot tubs are high-maintenance based on the need for weekly cleaning, this is a matter of perspective. Once you get into the hang of it, cleaning your hot tub can simply become part of your weekly routine and should take no more than one to two hours. Plus, your hot tub is something that you, your family, and friends will be able to enjoy for years to come. 

How expensive is it to maintain a hot tub?

Typical hot tub operation will cost you about $50 per month for water, electricity, and test strips. However, depending on the size of your hot tub, the temperature you maintain, and your geographical location, it may cost you more or less. You should be prepared for annual expenses such as loading up on chemicals, professional cleaning, etc., which can drive costs much higher. 

How much does it cost annually to run a hot tub?

The annual costs to run a hot tub can be as high as $2,000 (or more) if you hire a professional spa cleaner and pay for routine maintenance. If you choose to follow a DIY approach, you can save several hundred dollars per year but you need to ensure you know the right steps to keep your hot tub in the best possible working order. 

Is it cheaper to keep the hot tub on all the time?

Once your water is heated to its ideal setting (usually between 100°F to 104°F), it is best to keep it there. Dropping the temperature significantly might seem like it saves you money, but it costs a lot more to heat up the cool water than it is to maintain a comfortable temperature. However, hot tub owners should experiment with varying temperatures as some might find that under 100°F to be ideal, in which case the heating costs would be less.

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Ann Schreiber

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Ann has been a marketer and a content writer for over 20 years. She worked for financial institutions such as FICO, Experian, and BlueChip Financial as a director of content and brand marketing.

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