If the idea of having a hot tub appeals to you because you want to enjoy being outdoors with the stars above you or the sun shining down, the concept of indoor hot tubs could seem irrelevant. On the other hand, if those frigid walks to and from your hot tub in the winter or the relentless summer heat have you enjoying your hot tub less than you’d like, indoor hot tubs could be worth looking into. They aren’t without challenges, however, so be sure to consider the following pros and cons before adding an indoor hot tub to your home.
Pros of Indoor Hot Tubs
- Lower heating costs in the winter – Since your home is already being heated, your hot tub heater won’t have to work as hard to keep the water hot for your use.
- Indoor conveniences – You can enjoy several conveniences indoors that are more challenging to include outdoors, such as viewing a television, having nice lighting, high-quality music, and a quicker trip to the bathroom when needed. Placement in a bathroom can make that even more convenient.
- Comfortable climate – There won’t be the huge climate shock when you get out of the hot tub like there can be outdoors. While some find that exhilarating, others find it takes away from the relaxed state achieved while in the hot tub.
- Hot tub protected from weather – You’ll find that the tub stays in better condition and lasts longer when it is protected from the elements.
Cons of Indoor Hot Tubs
- Pump noise – Unless you have a dedicated room for your indoor hot tub, you could be annoyed by the sound of the pump. You can minimize this by going with the quietest possible pump.
- Odors – Hot tubs have a chemical smell that you might not want to have in your home.
- Potential for water damage – You could face water damage if your hot tub leaks, so if you are considering an indoor hot tub, be sure to choose the location carefully and have safeguards in place for a leak, such as having flooring that can handle water. This is important not only for leaks but for water splashed while in the hot tub and exiting it.
- Will it fit? – Hot tubs are larger than most doors, so you’ll need to plan ahead on how you’ll get it inside.
- Weight issues – A hot tub is heavy, so you’ll need to be certain your floor can handle the load, including the weight of the water and the occupants.
- Humidity issues – When the cover is off the hot tub, it will be sharing its humidity with your home. This can make your HVAC system work harder and cause humidity issues inside your home. Be sure to keep the cover on when not in use.
If you would like to know more about indoor hot tubs and their care, don’t hesitate to contact us at S & H Pools. We can properly advise you on how to prepare a room for your indoor hot tub and answer any questions you have!