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Old February 27th, 2011, 07:04 AM   #1
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Moving to a new house that has a very nice looking Hot Tub in an un-heated sun-room. It looks to be a 4-6 person. Maybe 6'x6'.
It looks newer, the house is dewinterized. I am hoping it was drained completely and there are no frozen water problems.

My question is how much does it cost to run a hot tub each month, between heat, and chemicals?

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Old February 27th, 2011, 07:40 AM   #2
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one that size in an enclosed room should not be more than $30 a month. If its newer it probably a bit more efficient too. We had a huge 10 person one outside and it wasn't over 40 a month to run. We just got a 6 person at our new house but its only been up and running a few weeks. Whatever it is its totally worth it! Chemicals are not bad if you go with chlorine. Brohmine is a pain in the ass and you need a lot more shit to keep it right so its a bit more expensive. Plus more people will have reactions with the brohmine chemicals than with chlorine.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #3
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It's not too expensive to run a hot tub, but buying the gold chains and zodiac medallions will break the bank.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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Mine in the winter right now costs about $50-75 more a month I'd say. Its 410 gallon, has 2 heat cycles a day (which makes a huge difference what temp and how you have the modes set). I leave mine a 102* and leave it on Econ mode, which means it will only heat when the filter cycles are going. If you let it heat all the time it wont be cheap.

Bromine, shock, and test strips are pretty cheap, and the other chemicals are barely used. If you get one with an Ozone generator the costs of chemicals goes down a lot.
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pm Sandvipr he sells hot tubs
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I should add that mine is outside, and I don't totally agree with Tab on the Bromine situation... Bromine is much more stable at higher temps which is why most people run bromine. I looked into both when starting my tub.

The upkeep for Bromine is almost nothing. You have a feeder which floats around in the tub, and after you get out you put a small amount of shock into the water (about a tbsp.) and that's about it. Other than that keeping ph and other levels correct takes very little work.
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I should add that mine is outside, and I don't totally agree with Tab on the Bromine situation... Bromine is much more stable at higher temps which is why most people run bromine. I looked into both when starting my tub.

The upkeep for Bromine is almost nothing. You have a feeder which floats around in the tub, and after you get out you put a small amount of shock into the water (about a tbsp.) and that's about it. Other than that keeping ph and other levels correct takes very little work.
I'm just going off my experience with the two tubs I've had. Both were previously set up to run bromine and they came with a couple bags of test strips, chemicals, floaty things, ect. I tried it for a while but it seemed like every other day I had to add some chemicals of some sort. Plus we had friends break out in a rash supposedly from the bromine reaction. Since going to chlorine we've never had a problem. All there is to do is get the ph correct once, add a nature 2 stick to sit down near the filters, add 2 tsp chlorine. No constant testing and nothin floating around. But like I said, that just my experience on the 2 I've had. I'm no expert.
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We have a 440 gallon outside in a unheated gazebo with storm windows. I figure 50$ a month to keep is at 102 or 103. Both chlorine and bromine make me itch and required a shower after you got out. We are using the Baquaspa system and I don't itch. It seems like a lot to get started with it, but after that it is probably about 60 or 70$ a year to keep it nice. Nothing floating in the tub. We use it a couple of times a week and you only have to add one chemical every week and a half or so. Two other things about once a month. When you get ready to replace a filter look online. About half the cost of local.
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We have a 440 gallon outside in a unheated gazebo with storm windows. I figure 50$ a month to keep is at 102 or 103. Both chlorine and bromine make me itch and required a shower after you got out. We are using the Baquaspa system and I don't itch. It seems like a lot to get started with it, but after that it is probably about 60 or 70$ a year to keep it nice. Nothing floating in the tub. We use it a couple of times a week and you only have to add one chemical every week and a half or so. Two other things about once a month. When you get ready to replace a filter look online. About half the cost of local.

Baquaspa system Rocks that's what we used when we had our tub
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Chemicals are not bad if you go with chlorine. Brohmine is a pain in the ass and you need a lot more shit to keep it right so its a bit more expensive. Plus more people will have reactions with the brohmine chemicals than with chlorine.
I own a spa and pool store, and that is just not true. Bromine and Chlorine are both very easy to maintain and they will be the same cost. I use Bromine in my spa. As far as people having reactions to either, it is very rare. If by some chance you do have reactions to chlorine or bromine, BaquaSpa is a good alternative.
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I own a spa and pool store, and that is just not true. Bromine and Chlorine are both very easy to maintain and they will be the same cost. I use Bromine in my spa. As far as people having reactions to either, it is very rare. If by some chance you do have reactions to chlorine or bromine, BaquaSpa is a good alternative.
ok. I was just talking about my experience with bromine and that I've had a couple quests get a reaction and thats something that (again, in my experience) has not happened with chlorine. Other than that I know nothing.
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Have someone knowledgeable come look at the tub before you go sinking any money into it.
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Usually you are looking at $30 to get it up to temp from 35-45 degree groundwater and then about $30 per month on top of that to maintain the temps.
Usually with proper care you can get 3-4 months from 1 fill of water unless you are using it A LOT.
Chemicals are no biggie and you can get them in bulk. I go through about 2 -5 lb containers of bromine a year plus a little of the other stuff to keep the alkalinity and Ph in balance.
Your best bet is to fill it and take a water sample down to a reputable dealer and have them test it for you the 1st time. They can sell you what you need to get things where they need to be.
Chlorine burns off at about 100 degrees and Bromine is pretty much the same chemical make-up but it is good to 102.
There are several other types of chemicals like Baqua-Spa (Hydrogen Peroxide), certain enzyme treatments, and Prestine Blue which is a copper sulfate treatment.

Just PM me if you have any other questions on it. I'm not an expert, but I have had a couple tubs myself now and have been working in the industry for over 10 years now.
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Whoever says they are having a bromine reaction is wrong. More people have allergic reactions to chlorine, when people break out in bromine it is because it is an unproperly maintained hot tub. I serviced pools and hot tubs for ten years. What most people don't realize, if your hot tub is foaming that is not a good sign.

Actually, water chemistry is much easier with bromine. Chlorine requires a very small pH window to be an effective sanitizer, where bromine as a much larger window.

As for costs to run the spa, what brand is it? There is a huge difference between manufacturers, I sold and serviced mainly Dimension One, which are fully foamed tub. There are tubs out there that they market as an air barrier. Basically, the put a very small piece of foam or plastic on the inside of the outer panel, then there is a huge air gap around all the plumbing, then there is a little bit of spray foam on the actual shell of the tub. These tubs are exteremly inefficient, these can cost upwards of $100 a month to run.
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tab you are wrong, its your personal experience but damnit that is wrong!
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