You general concerns about buying a spa, answered
Owning a spa bath is an enviable position for many homeowners in Australia. As property sizes get smaller, and we all look to capitalise on the space we have, hot tub ownership allows homeowners to experience luxury, without a full-sized swimming pool.
However, buying and owning an outdoor spa for the first time can be unfamiliar territory. At Oasis Spa store Australia, we want to help you understand what it’s like to own hot tubs, and address some common myths and misconceptions that we hear from new prospective buyers/owners.
In this piece, we address some of the main questions posed to us about outdoor spa bath ownership. For more information about our types of spas , get in touch with our friendly staff.
Aren’t outdoor hot tubs expensive to run?
How much it costs to run will depend on many things, including:
- The amount of insulation (how many layers and how thick they are)
- If it has a sealed base
- If the outdoor spa uses a low-cost filtration pump
- If it has a Spa Net “smart controller”
- The size of the gap between the cabinet panels and shell
- The size of the heater (the quicker it heats, the sooner the pump turns off)
- If you are able to use a gas heater or heat pump (which offers savings of up to 75%)
When choosing the best hot tub for you, it’s beter to not rely on the manufacturer’s cost estimates, which can be misleading. Instead, get in touch with the Oasis Spa store Australia team for balanced, accurate advice.
Are energy star ratings legitimate?
When it comes to spas, no. No government body has ever given efficiency ratings to individual spa bath brands. Where you see star ratings on a hot tub, you’ll know that they are simply being invented by the manufacturer. Be wary of these traps.
Can I sterilise water with UV light?
This form of water treatment is only successful when a very large UV light bulb is used, and when the water has enough contact time with the UV bulb. The bulb needs to be a minimum of 16 watts to be effective.
The standard UV system with a chrome/stainless metal tube is only designed for water flow from a tap and will not kill germs. Plus, as an owner, you will need to replace the UV bulb annually at a significant cost.
Unless you fit a large, more expensive system like Ultrazone unit that combines UV and Ozone to create hydroxyl radicals, then don’t expect any health benefits — only higher maintenance costs.
Are saltwater outdoor hot tubs better for sterilisation?
Salt can only be used to sanitise water when it is transformed by a salt chlorinator into chlorine. However, this form of chlorine does not suit hot water. You will also have to add extra chlorine or bromine.
This basic form of chlorine created by salt chlorinators is very corrosive and will damage your heater element. Be wary of “chlorine-free” saltwater spa baths — they often lead to significant replacement and servicing costs as the years go by.
Should I get backlit jets?
While they look good in the showroom, in most cases you won’t see these lights as people will be sitting against them. Also, these clear plastic jets break more easily. If water quality is not maintained, the lights can become opaque and unsightly.
As the LED lights can also be hard to replace when they fail, we would suggest other forms of in-spa lighting. For lighting suggestions, visit one of our hot tub shops, or give our friendly customer service line a ring.
Where can I go for expert advice?
That’s easy. Oasis Spas Australia is here to help you get the best out of buying a new hot tub. We stock a superior range of products to buy, all without the misleading marketing spin, or useless bells and whistles that our competitors love.
We want to help you choose the best spa bath for your home, and help you get the most use out of it, while ensuring that running costs are kept down. You can experience our supreme collection of spas for yourself by visiting one of our spa store showrooms.
If you’re in the market to buy a spa, look no further than Oasis Spas. Our expert advice and excellent range of products will help you relax, knowing that you’ve made the best choice.