Once you have decided on the hot tub that is right for you, it is time to design the ideal place for it in your backyard. There are three selections to make before you indulge in that first relaxing soak.
It is important to plan where the hot tub will be placed in your yard and there are several factors to consider.
- Make sure to choose a place where you have ample room for the tub itself and to be able to walk around it for cleaning and cover lifter operation. Room for steps to make getting in and out of the tub easier, should also be thought of.
- If privacy is important to you, pick a location that offers the most or allows you the opportunity to add it with screening or landscaping.
- Think about your view and what direction the hot tub should face to give you the best look for your backyard, landscaping or vista.
- Plan for all four seasons of weather. Do you need shade in the summer and protection from the wind in winter? If the hot tub is being installed inside it is best to consult with our staff for issues to consider.
- It is important for the hot tub to be able to physically get to your desired location. Is there a clear path to get it there without going up too many steps?
It is important to plan for a sturdy foundation to support the combined weight of the hot tub, bathers, and the water. A smooth, flat, and level base that can support this weight without shifting or settling will provide your tub with a place for your tub to operate properly.
- A synthetic pad is a good option as long as it is placed on a smooth, flat, and level surface.
- A properly supported wood deck is a better option to provide a long-term base.
- A level concrete pad (steel reinforced with a minimum 4” thickness) is the best to have a low maintenance and sturdy place for the hot tub to sit.
3. Electrical Hookup
It is best to have a dedicated circuit installed for your hot tub, but there are a few options to think about.
- Make sure you have the proper voltage (120V or 240V) for your model of hot tub. Smaller tubs are typically convertible and can run on either. Larger tubs typically only use 240V hook ups.
- Make sure you have the proper amperage available to be able to power all of the functions that you may desire to run at once. For example, if the tub has 40, 50, or a 60 amperage options you will have the following choices available:
- 40 amps – If any pump is running, the heater will not operate.
- 50 amps – One pump and heater can operate at the same time. With two pumps running, the heater will not operate.
- 60 amps – All pumps and the heater can operate at the same time.
- All hot tubs need to be GFCI protected with an electrical disconnect located at least 5 feet away from the tub, but within line of sight.
Once you have planned for the location, the foundation, and the electrical hookup for your new hot tub, the installation crew at DFW Hot Tubs will have you relaxing in no time. If you have any additional questions, please inquire with one of our hot tub consultants or download the Sundance Spas pre-delivery guide.