Arctic Spas brand hot tubs are world famous for their unique design that provides lower running costs, less maintenance, and rugged beauty. Arctic Spas tend to cost a bit more than other hot tub brands but they also tend to last much longer and cost much less to operate over the years, which will save you much more than the higher initial cost.
Coyote Spas brand hot tubs have a similar core design, which makes them very energy efficient and low maintenance like the Arctic brand. However, Coyote Spas are made with fewer size, color, and high tech options, which makes them less expensive to manufacture and therefore less expensive to purchase.
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What should I look for in a hot tub?
Always look for quality. You can find (or not find ) quality in every area of a spa. A library of educational articles for hot tub owners and shoppers is over here, but here is a brief checklist:
- Does the hot tub have a full floor?
If yes, that is good, but is it pressure treated wood, fibreglass or a thin plastic sheet? This is how Arctic does the floor.
- What type of cover does it have?
Remember that heat rises and the most important place to insulate your home, as well as a spa, is on top. Most manufacturers offer a standard 3″ flat cover or a 4″x 2″ tapered top. At Arctic Spas we offer the thickest most durable cover in the industry. Our covers are a 5″x 4″ tapered cover that has a foam core sealed in a foil material similar to a coffee bag, and they come with a 3 year warranty. A cover will not last as long as the spas so make sure that you purchase a cover that’s going to withstand snow loads, heavy pets, children and repels moisture.
- How is the hot tub insulated?
Most spas on the market are what’s commonly called foam filled, meaning the spa cabinet to the underside of the shell is filled with foam insulation. The density of the foam may vary but they all operate on the same principle. The problem with this design, we feel, is the fact that there is no access to any of the plumbing under the shell, not to mention leaving all your expensive equipment to the mercy of Mother Nature. With your pumps, heaters and other equipment on the wrong side of the insulation, they will not be protected during a power outage or extreme temperatures. Heat travels upwards so why is it so important to have so much insulation down below?
Most manufacturers are using the foam to support flimsy spa shells. What we do at Arctic Spas, is insulate our floor and walls with a high density foam insulation and do not foam our spa shell. It’s called FreeHeat. This allows us to utilize the heat generated naturally by the motors to help heat your spa water. We also have access to everything underneath the “hood”. Would you buy a new vehicle if the hood was welded shut? The most vital place to have insulation in your home is in the walls and the attic, not in the basement.
What do I need to do to prepare the area for the hot tub?
You need a level surface.
This surface has to be firm and solid to prevent uneven settling that can damage the hot tub. Most hot tub warranties require a 4″ reinforced concrete pad, but not Arctic.
With an Arctic spa, the base preparation is quite simple. You just need to be sure that the site is sufficiently firm and level.
Our hot tubs have a fiberglass “Forever Floor” that gives you the option of placing the spa on the lawn or even right on the ground.
Popular options for Arctic hot tubs include pavers, sidewalk blocks, timbers, washed rock, and commercial spa pads. Any of these will provide a level, solid, well-drained surface for your new spa.
How do we get the hot tub into my garden?
Typically, Arctic Spa dealers deliver your spa on its end using a pneumatic-tire dolly and, in most deliveries, roll it in through the gate. A standard opening, after the gate has been removed, is 40″ wide. Some hot tubs are up to 41″ wide, so make sure to go out and measure to ensure your opening is wide enough.
Otherwise, we’ll look at other options such as removing a section of fence, hiring a crane, or doing whatever it takes.
Can I put my hot tub on my deck? Could I sink it in my deck?
Yes & Yes.
Placing a hot tub on a deck is very possible assuming it can safely hold it’s weight. Ask your salesperson for the dry weight of the tub, dimensions and water capacity or you can look it up in the manual.
Incorporating a hot tub into a deck is common. A couple of things to take into account are making sure there is access to the equipment and remember an Arctic has access doors on each side of the spa. Cut a hole roughly 18″ wider all the way around the tub.
Then use pull out type panels, that match the decking, to fill in these areas. Also, remember that you may not always be in this home and will either have to leave the spa behind or cover the hole. It is much safer to “countersink” the tub rather than have the decking come right up to the lip.
The reason, it’s much easier to enter and exit a spa while sitting on the lip and swinging your legs over than to step down into the water. Water will distort the distance needed to go to reach the first step and hot tubs are slippery! So have a safety bar to enter and leave the tub or sit down on the deck and swivel.