Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you already have a hot tub or you’re considering purchasing one, you may have questions. This list of frequently asked questions about hot tubs is meant to assist you with clear and simple solutions. If the answer to your question is not below, please feel free to get in touch with our team of experts at our Sarasota showroom. They will happily assist you.

General Hot Tub FAQs

Making the decision to buy a hot tub is a big one. It’s not something you do every day, after all. Your lifestyle can have a significant impact on the decision to purchase a hot tub. Before making the decision, ask yourself these following questions:

  • Where in my backyard will I install a hot tub?
  • Will the hot tub be for my entire family, or just for me?
  • Will I benefit from fewer aches and pains, better sleep and reduced stress?
  • Will I enjoy the convenience of access to hydromassage in the comfort of my own home?
  • Will my family benefit from the additional family time in the spa?

If you said yes to one or more of the questions above, a hot tub might be right for you! Speak with one of our team members to learn more about the prices, sizes and brands available to you.

The size of your hot tub should reflect your intended use for it. What are the top hot tub sizes? Will it cater to the needs of the entire family? Is it meant just for you and your significant other? Or do you enjoy hosting elaborate backyard parties? Your lifestyle and layout of your backyard can help you determine if you would like to invest in a smaller or larger hot tub.

Most hot tub brands have models available in the following sizes and capacities: 2-3 seats, 4-5 seats, 5-6 seats, 6 or more seats. For a better idea of how big or small our hot tubs are,visit our showroom person today.

For many spa owners, regular service and maintenance from a professional are worth it. Regular service can help to ensure that your spa water is always safe, enjoyable, and ready to use. A professional can also use this time to inspect your spa, looking for any issues or potential problem areas that could lead to damage, an imbalance in water, or costly repairs, and rectifying the situation before it grows into a larger issue.
How long you stay inside a hot tub can depend on several deciding factors, including your age, health, climate, water temperature, and personal preference. As a general rule of thumb, it is suggested to soak in a hot tub for anywhere from 15-45 minutes at a temperature of up to 102° F. If you are new to using a hot tub, we suggest starting with shorter soaks until you gradually build your tolerance, adjust to the environment or find which suits you best. If you have a pre-existing health condition, we suggest that you first speak with your physician to ensure the safest way to enjoy hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic technique that harnesses the healing properties of water. What is hydrotherapy? The combination of heat, buoyancy, and massage helps to relax muscles, ease sore joints, improve circulation, and reduce muscle tension. Used by healthcare professionals all around the world, hydrotherapy can help to improve sleep patterns, reduce stress, ease aches and pains, aid in post-injury recovery, and soothe sore joints, among many other health benefits. 

Hot Tub Maintenance FAQs

Drain hot tub questions: How often you change your hot tub water can depend greatly on how often the spa is used, the quality of water used to fill it, and how well the water is maintained. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend draining, cleaning, and refilling the hot tub every three to four months for an optimal operation.
Cleaning hot tubs is the best practice for an enjoyable soak. How often and in what manner you clean your hot tub will depend on two factors: how often the spa is used and the manufacturer.
    • Test your hot tub water with test strips once or twice a week.
    • Treat your hot tub water accordingly based on the readings from the test strips.
    • Clean the filter every two weeks with water from the hose.
    • Drain, clean, and fill the hot tub once every three to four months.
For more information about the water management system and cleaning process for your hot tub, get in touch with us today.

A clean and functioning filter is key to an operational filtration system, as it catches and removes dirt and debris, keeping the water clean and free of impurities. We recommend rinsing the filter every two weeks with fresh water from the hose or kitchen sink. You can also use this time to spray it down with a filter cleaner and then continue to rinse. 

Filter cleaning nozzles are available that can be attached to the end of a hose, which can help water to better reach the nooks and crannies of your filter. Soak your filter overnight in a bucket filled with water and a small amount of filter cleaner every two months to remove deep-down debris. We recommend replacing your hot tub filter annually to ensure a fully functional filtration system.

General Swim Spa FAQs

Hot tubs are designed for relaxation, lounging, and socialization. They are usually equipped with several ergonomic seats and hydromassage jets for optimum relaxation. They can range in size from small 2-seater spas to 7+ seats. 

Conversely, swim spas are a mix between a swimming pool and a hot tub. They are designed to offer both relaxation and recreation. Swim spas are typically larger, roughly 12-18 ft long, and are equipped with powerful jets that create a strong current to swim, walk, or water run against. Additionally, swim spas also contain hydrotherapy seating so that you can experience enhanced relaxation and recovery after exercise.

Yes, some of our swim spa models contain dual-temperature technology which can be adjusted year-round to fit your seasonal needs. To maximize your swim spa even further, we suggest completing the installation with a Covana Cover. With the click of a button, your automated cover will lift and convert into a stylish gazebo – providing you with protection from the elements.
Yes, both in-ground and above-ground swim spas can be installed outside, adding a stunning element to your backyard and landscaping.
Yes, swim spas help you lose weight by burning calories through exercise. They contain powerful jets that can be adjusted to provide increasing resistance so that you can walk, jog, or swim continuously. Swim spas also offer low impact ways of exercising, which is beneficial for individuals who are experiencing injury or joint problems. However, you should always speak to a physician or medical professional for guidance before starting a new exercise program or attempting to lose weight.
Swim spas are a cost-effective and energy-efficient alternative to owning and operating a swimming pool. The cost of operating a swim spa varies depending on the season, your location, size of the swim spa, degree of insulation, and your preferred temperature settings. Generally, the average running cost of a swim spa ranges from $20-$100 per month.

General Sauna FAQs

Using saunas can provide many health benefits, including:
  • Stress reduction and enhanced relaxation
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension
  • Improved cardiovascular circulation
  • Alzheimer’s Disease prevention
  • Improved recovery after exercise
  • Antidepressant effects
  • Reduction in chronic fatigue
  • Decreased muscle and joint stiffness
  • Chronic pain relief
However, always speak to a physician or healthcare practitioner about any potential risks before using a sauna to manage any pre-existing health conditions.
Saunas are most effective when used between 10 and 20 minutes at a time. However, if you start to feel dizzy, ill, or develop a headache while inside the sauna, leave the sauna immediately to cool off and rehydrate. Before using a sauna, speaking with a doctor can give you a better idea of how long to relax in a sauna for based on your individual health needs.
Public health authorities advise against using a sauna while pregnant. Please consult with a physician before using a sauna while pregnant as it may pose a health risk.

Generally, saunas are safe to use when you’re sick, unless you have a pre-existing health condition like asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, or abnormal blood pressure. 

Using a sauna can relieve cold symptoms, but it may not be effective in treating your cold. If you choose to use a sauna when you have a cold, follow these tips to ensure your safety:

  • Limit your time in the sauna to 5-15 minutes
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, salty food, and other food/beverages that cause dehydration before and after using the sauna
  • Rehydrate with 2-4 cups of water after using the sauna
  • Leave the sauna immediately if you start to feel unwell


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