How Much Electricity Does A Swim Spa Use?

By Jon Filson

Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas

How Much Electricity Does a Swim Spa Use?


For those considering buying a swim spa for the first time, they may have concerns about how much it will cost to run.  A swim spawill obviously increase the amount of water you use.  Keeping that water heated and generating a current strong enough to swim against will also result in a higher electric bill.  So how much electricity does a swim spa use?  In this article, we’ll go over the various factors that will increase your use of electricity and give you tips on how to keep this energy use to a minimum.


How Much Electricity Will My New Swim Spa Use?


There are several factors that will dictate the amount of electricity you’ll end up using when running a swim spa.  How often you use your swim spa will play a role in the amount of electricity it uses. 


Aside from heating the water, generating the current against which you’re swimming uses the most electricity.  Consequently, using your swim spa daily will cost more than if you use it once a week or less. 


The size of your swim spa will also affect its electricity usage.  Because of the amount of water it holds a larger swim spa will use more electricity for heating and current generation than a smaller one.


The type of climate your area experiences will also be an influence on the amount of electricity consumed.  People in warmer climates will use less electricity compared to those in colder climates.


Insulation will play a role in how much energy is needed to keep your swim spa water heated.  Inground units are typically better insulated.  And using a swim spa cover when it’s not in use can prevent excessive heat loss.


What Factors Affect Electricity Usage?


How you use your swim spa will also affect the amount of electricity needed to keep it running.  People who live in the same area and have the same model of swim spa could find their electricity consumption being very different depending on how they operate their tanks.


As mentioned earlier, those who use their swim spa more often will find their electricity bills higher than those who use theirs less often.


If you turn your swim spa on and off on a regular basis you will find your electricity bills higher.  It costs more to heat your water from ambient temperature levels than it does to keep it heated at a constant temperature - even when not in use.  To keep your electric bill as low as possible you shouldn’t turn off your swim spa unless you plan on not using it for a couple of months. 


If you go on a short holiday, it’s better to just turn down the temperature rather than turn off the system completely.   And if you do plan on not using your swim spa for two months or more it’s probably best to drain it completely and refill it when you’re ready to use it again.


Keeping your swim spa well maintained will also mean that it will use electricity more efficiently.  If it becomes overly dirty and the filters become clogged it will have to work harder to cycle the water.  Using a good fitting, insulated cover will reduce the amount of debris that gets in the system while reducing the amount of heat lost when it’s not in use.


Although it will cost you more to heat your swim spa throughout the winter, you can minimize your electricity bill by keeping the water at a constant temperature.  If it’s well insulated (and if you live in a cold climate, this is something you should insist on) and the cover is used when the swim spa isn’t in use you can keep the rise in electricity usage from being too dramatic.


For more information, download your free swim spa buyer’s guidetoday.

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