Adding a hot tub to the backyard or patio is a big investment. Whether you choose a small economy model or a huge spa with room for the whole family, it just makes sense to protect your investment.
No matter what kind of hot tub or spa you choose, there are a few must-have accessories that should be on your shopping list. Here are a few essential accessories for the new hot tub owner.
A Quality Cover
A good cover can pay for itself through reduced energy costs and superior protection for your hot tub. Look for a cover that fits the hot tub tightly – this will keep heat loss to a minimum and reduce the amount of work your heater has to do.
Chances are your new hot tub will come with a cover, but you might want to consider an upgrade, especially if you live in a cold climate. A winterized cover will keep your hot tub warm and cozy no matter how cold the weather outside.
A Water Test Kit
Water quality will affect every aspect of your hot tub experience, from how much fun you have to how easy it is the maintain. If the water quality is less than optimal, you could see premature failure in essential parts of the hot tub, including the heater and the motor that powers the unit.
Your water test kit should include test strips that read the current pH level, as well as test for free chlorine and water hardness. The kit should also include chemicals you can use to correct any imbalances and bring your hot tub back to recommended readings.
You need a safe way to get in and out of the hot tub, so include a set of sturdy steps on your shopping list. There are many different models available, so choose the one that best meets your needs.
If you plan to use the hot tub in the winter, look for steps with treads or grippers to make getting in and out of the hot tub safer. Be sure to clean accumulated ice and snow off the steps on a regular basis and keep the area around the hot tub clear.
Keeping the exterior of your hot tub clean is important, and you will need a quality all-purpose cleaner to do just that. Look for a cleaner that is recommended by your hot tub manufacturer, and always read the instructions carefully before using it.
The canvas cover of your hot tub requires a different kind of cleaner, so make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Look for a cleaner that is designed for your type of hot tub cover and read the instructions carefully before you use it.
The right accessories can make your new hot tub easier and more fun to use. Maintaining your hot tub carefully and keeping it clean can increase its useful life and give you many more hours enjoying the warmth of the great outdoors.