Sadness ensues for many swimming pool owners once Labor Day has come and gone and the days and nights are getting shorter and chillier. For many, it means the end to swimming for the season. If you want to continue to spend family and friend time together in the water… is it time for a hot tub?

Hot tubs are versatile and when you have a hot tub, the weather just doesn’t matter! You can soak in the heated depths in the middle of a snowstorm if you want! Sure you need to have a way to stay warm and keep your feet from freezing as you make your way to and from the hot tub, but once you’re in… aaahhhh there’s nothing like it!

The pool and hot tub contractors at Imperial Pool Builders, serving Champaign & Decatur Illinois most of their customers get more enjoyment out of the hot tub in the cooler weather than they do in the warmer weather. That makes sense, right?

Is it time for a hot tub?

If you’re ready to think about a hot tub and to start shopping for one, here is some insight we can offer before you invest in one.

  1. Will your hot tub be a stand-alone? Do you want to undertake a pool remodel and have it as part of the pool? When you choose its location you will also need to think about the running of plumbing and electric lines.
  2. Do you have space indoors that you want to place the hot tub? It is not as simple as choosing the corner of a room in which to place it. You need to consider the heat and humidity generated and take measures to prevent mold growth.

If you worked with a swimming pool contractor for your pool project and enjoyed the process, consider talking with and working with that company again for your hot tub project.

Here is another checklist to discuss:

  • What is the budget for the hot tub? This determines the size of the hot tub.
  • Grab a bathing suit and plan to spend time in a hot tub to determine where you want the jets located and what style jets you want.
  • The number of people who will usually be in the hot tub will help determine how large you want it. You may throw parties and have a lot of people, but if the usual hot tub user load is your four person family, don’t buy a hot tub that will accommodate your occasional party of twenty people.
  • Before you talk with a hot tub contractor, know why you want a hot tub. Relaxation? Stress relief? Therapeutic? Injury recovery? A combination? Answer those questions to narrow down style and placement of jets and the size and style hot tub.
  • Don’t forget to add in the purchase price of a hot tub cover into your budgeting process.

Hot tubs are ideal for year-round use but seem to see more activity in the cooler months. If you’d like a hot tub, give us a call today!