Can Hot Tubs Be Installed Indoors?
When asked the question as to whether a hot tub can be installed indoors, the short, simple answer is, “Yes!” However, the longer answer, although still, “Yes!” is slightly more complicated and requires a bit of planning and forethought. There are many advantages to having an indoor hot tub including added privacy, ease of year round use and having a controlled climate. If you think an indoor hot tub is the right choice for you, consider some of the following pointers to make sure your installation process goes smoothly.
Most people have experienced the frustration of trying to move a large piece of furniture such as a couch or bed into a new dwelling and found out that it just won’t fit no matter which way you angle it or how many legs you take off. Knowing that you have enough space to get a hot tub into your house is an even bigger issue. There won’t be any legs or cushions that you can remove to make moving it in easier! Not only should you worry about getting the tub into the house, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough space around the tub once it’s installed. You’ll want to be able to move freely around the tub, both for getting in and cleaning. Having space for some furniture to relax on around the tub is also recommended.
Since water plays such a major role in hot tubs, you’ll want to make sure your flooring surrounding the tub is able to handle not only splashes, but possible puddles of water. Certain flooring materials do not stand up well to moisture. You definitely don’t want to have wall-to-wall carpet in your hot tub area and wood floors may cause problems after awhile. Another consideration is how slippery the floor surface will be when it’s wet. Flooring materials that provide some traction while allowing water to easily drain should be sought after.
Ventilation is something that many people might not think about when it comes to installing an indoor hot tub. But because of the warm, moist air created by the hot tub’s waters, proper ventilation is a must. You’ll want to choose ventilation fans that are rust resistant and do not create too much noise - hot tubs are made for relaxing, after all! Your best bet is to enlist an HVAC specialist as they’ll be able to advise you on a ventilation system that will prevent mould, mildew and excessive humidity from occurring in your hot tub room.
Source of Water
Another thing that many people forget about when planning to install a hot tub indoors is a water source. Although most hot tubs cycle water through a self-contained plumbing system, you’ll need to fill the hot tub in the first place and top it up every so often as well. You probably don’t want to be hauling buckets of water from your kitchen sink or bathroom to get your tub up and running. Having a faucet with an attachable hose installed in the hot tub room itself will allow you to easily fill your tub and maintain its water levels.
Although you’ll want to make sure most of your water stays in the hot tub itself, you should have some sort of plan for the inevitable splashes, drips and sloshes. If you can fit your hot tub room with a floor drain you’ll save yourself a lot of worry when it comes to puddles or pooling water. A floor drain will also make cleaning the room a much simpler process.
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