I asked my buddy which of the 3 heating systems he’d use if he were to build a hot tub, and he answered none of them. When I asked him again (this time more seriously), he decided to go with electric hot tub heaters. But of course, being the sarcastic and ignorant clown he is, he obviously didn’t give much thought to his reply and overlooked the pros and cons of each system.
When choosing a certain heating setup, it’s important that you understand the advantages and disadvantages that come with each one. You also have to take into consideration how much money you earn, and if it’s possible to squeeze it into that tight budget of yours.
So first of all, let’s take a closer look at the selection of my friend, namely: electric hot tub heaters. The initial cost of getting this installed is relatively low, plus you can easily install it anywhere, so long as there’s a standard hook-up.
Repair and maintenance is in some sense “effortless”, especially since the replacement parts are available everywhere. However, the biggest disadvantage here is the time it takes to heat up a pool of water, which can be quite long. Moreover, because it uses a lot of electricity, your electric bill will definitely go up.
Next, we have using firewood to keep the tub nice and hot. The good thing about this method of heating is the fact that it heats the water at a much faster rate, and costs a lot less than using electric hot tub heaters or gas. You can even use coal if you’d like, making it even more cost-effective. On the other hand, utilizing fire or coal for every type of plunge bath won’t do, simply coz they aren’t designed for this heating scheme. Wood fire can only work for specially designed personal spas only.
Lastly, we have gas for keeping your private pool of water heated. The largest benefit users may enjoy is its ability to get the water to the desired temperatures in a short span of time. Great for tubs built in the ground, gas heaters are cheaper than using electric hot tub heaters, but more expensive than using actual fire.
These are just 3 of other methods that you can choose to keep the temperature of that plunge bath of yours to your liking. All you have to do now is recognize the pro and cons of each, and pick one that’s best suited for your needs.