Taking the plunge and buying a new portable spa is very exciting. Decide from endless colour options, choose your LED lighting pack, and even how many reclining seats you can sink yourself into. There are a few extra things to take note of though, to ensure your new spa is not only built to last - but that it costs you as little to run as possible.
Any company with a quality product that they believe in will offer you a rock-solid warranty to match. It’s normal to have a varying warranty period on the different components of your spa, but don’t be afraid to ask whether that means you’re fully covered or for parts only. This can definitely be a deciding factor when choosing a spa company to purchase through. A good guide to follow is at least 10 years on your spa shell, 5 years on your acrylic surface and 3 years on all your electrical equipment such as pumps, heaters, and blowers. These will be the most expensive items to replace down the track if required.
Possibly the most important feature of your spa is the level of insulation it offers, as this is what retains the heat and keeps your ongoing running costs minimal. All spas are fitted with insulation, but you need to be asking where it is and what it’s made of, or if you’re instore ask them to remove the cabinet door and show you first hand what’s under the there. The idea is to ensure that your spa is fully sealed with insulation on the base, lining of the cabinet, the underside the shell and a quality hardcover on top. A high density, water resistant foam on the shell and a full heat seal on your hard cover is a good place to start.
Reducing the number of chemicals your water needs is not only better for you, but also for your wallet. There are several different sanitisation systems on the market that will assist in keeping your water clean that you can add to your new spa package.
Start by looking at an ozone system which is a good option to assist in killing bacteria so you are not solely relying on chemicals to get the job done. Alternatively, you can look at a UV ClearZone sanitisation system. Although a little more expensive than standard ozone, it is the best spa sanitisation system available, killing 99.9% of bacteria, reducing chemical usage by up to 80% and being the top choice for people with allergies and sensitive skin.
Owing a spa for the first time can be a little overwhelming with all its built-in features, functions and programs. Who can you call to ask how to drain it, or change the filtration cycles? Firstly, you should always get a ‘handover’ when your spa is delivered which is an onsite run through of how everything works and which chemicals to add and when, but secondly, you need to know that if a problem is to ever arise, you have customer support for the life of the spa. Find out where the spa is manufactured; if overseas, will this affect the ability to source spare parts quickly or delay service requests? It’s best to find out these details initially so you don’t get caught out.
In order to truly relax in your spa, you need to know that it’s not costing you a fortune to run! With rising electricity costs, investing in the latest technology such as smart pumps and controllers can ensure peace of mind. Owning a spa with a smart controller puts you in charge of its functions, allowing it only to operate during your off-peak times as well as offering sleep modes, away modes and customisable filtration cycles to suit all lifestyles and reduce ongoing running costs.
It’s also worth mentioning the latest variable speed smart pump which replaces the traditional circulation and boost pump system. Performing both filtration and boost functions from the single pump reduces energy consumption, all while offering you a customisable massage speed and three personalised hydrotherapy sequences.
If you have any questions about which spa would be right for you, contact Sapphire Spas.