Hot Tubs & Saunas

Heat therapy is becoming popular because of the health benefits it provides. Heat therapy is a good way to relax achy muscles. It also boosts deep sleep at night. The popular ways of enjoying heat therapy are a hot tub and sauna. The cost of going to the spa every other day can be quite costly. It is for this reason that many homeowners are opting to have a hot tub or sauna in their homes.

The difference between a hot tub and sauna

A hot tub is basically a big tub that has spa jets strategically placed in the tub for massage purposes. The continuous bubbling of water creates a relaxing environment for the users.

A sauna is an enclosed chamber that is used to contain steam. Occupants sit in the chamber and sweat due to the heat from the steam. Saunas are usually built inside a home or building. Hot tubs are typically placed at the back yard.

Hot tub pros and cons

Pros of a hot tub

It can accommodate several occupants at the same time. The number of occupants depends on the size of the tab.

There are many different designs of hot tubs. You can easily find a design that complements your outdoors.

A hot tub provides massage through the spa jets within the hot tub.

You can relax and release stress through a session in your hot tub.

You spend more time outdoors when you have a hot tub.

You can enjoy your choice of entertainment while in the hot tub whether it’s TV/movie or music.

You can host hot tub parties with your friends and family.

A hot tub creates a romantic setting which is great for lovers.

The installation cost of hot tubs is relatively cheap.

Cons of hot tubs

Hot tubs are expensive depending on the raw materials that you use. A hot tub can range from $2,500-$8,000.

Hot tubs require a lot of maintenance. You need to clean the filters, change water periodically, ensure the water is treated and air the cover to prevent mold growth.

Potential infection due to poor sanitation in the tub.

A hot tub does not increase the resale value of a home.

Hot tubs are not very energy efficient.

Children and pregnant women are not allowed n the hot tub.

Sauna pros and cons

Pros of a Sauna

Raw materials are inexpensive and easy to source.

It is easy to clean and maintain.

A sauna produces better results for skin cleansing.

A sauna has been proven to increase the resale value of your home.

Saunas are energy efficient compared to hot tubs.

A session at the sauna induces deep sleep through the night.

Cons of Saunas

The cost of installing a sauna is expensive. The cost includes construction of the chamber, insulation, electrical and plumbing work.

A sauna takes a lot of interior space. Some homeowners have to build an extra room for the sauna.

It is difficult to do sauna installation as a DIY project.

Hiring a pro to install a spa or sauna

Ultimately, the choice of having a sauna or a hot tub totally depends on the person's needs. There are many benefits to enjoying heat therapy often. These types of project require a professional.  It is recommended to hire a company install your sauna or hot tub. Poorly done saunas and hot tubs lead to leaks and damage. You should stay hydrated when you are enjoying heat therapy. In case you feel dizzy, exit you sauna or hot tub immediately. You can shop around in several stores to find the best price. Most stores can recommend a professional contractor for the installation.

It's best to read reviews and do some research before hiring a local hot tub installer.  Angie's List provides access to real local reviews and ratings for free.

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