COSTS OF RUNNING A HOT TUB OR SWIM SPA

Delivery & Installation

Hot tub or swim spa installation can range from the low hundreds of dollars to several thousand. If you purchase your spa product from Salter’s, standard delivery is included in the price (the ground must be flat, there is no gate, a crane is not required, and there are no more than 2 steps). However, there are additional installation costs to consider, like building a foundation and extending the electrical lines.

We recommend having a strong, flat foundation for your hot tub or swim spa. This could be a reinforced concrete slab at least four inches thick. If your design incorporates a wooden deck, make sure that can support 100 pounds per square foot. This will give your spa a level and insulated surface for optimal operation.

Most smaller hot tubs can be plugged directly into a standard 120/120V power outlet. Larger tubs or swim spas have multiple heat pumps to accommodate the larger volume of water. These require 220/240V electrical service. Depending on your home’s electrical system, you may need an upgrade. Your hot tub or swim spa, must comply with the National Electrical Code standards. For example, you must install a manual disconnect device adjacent to the tub, at least 5 feet away, and within line of sight.

Check out our Customer Requirements Sheet for more detailed information. If you have any questions as to whether the spa can be delivered, we can perform a pre-delivery site inspection.

Energy Use

The national average monthly electricity bill for a hot tub ranges from $10 to $20 per month. The bill will vary depending on the temperature and changes to the cost of a kW hour. The great thing about purchasing a Marquis spa from Salter’s is that you are getting a top-of-the-line product. Marquis spas are very well insulated and retain heat better than many other brands. All spas are made in the USA by craftspeople in Independence, Oregon. They meet the highest national standards, run better, and last longer than more expensive alternatives.

Service & Maintenance

Nothing is worse than opening your spa cover and seeing the green water. Luckily, this can be easily avoided with regular maintenance and cleaning. To start, this means making sure your chlorine/bromine, pH, alkalinity, and hardness levels are in the right range. Check your levels weekly and add the proper chemicals as needed to avoid scum growth, cloudy water, and foam. You will also need to clean the filter cartridges, clean the cover, and drain/refill the spa regularly.

Check out our Weekly Spa Maintenance Guide here.


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