Ask the Experts: Spas and Hot Tubs

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James R. Hedlund
Advanced Spa and Pool
603 579-2727

Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?
Things have changed over the past few years. Consumers aren’t interested in 140 jets and five pumps, requiring a 100-amp breaker. Consumers want quality and hydrotherapy, combined with efficiency. Gone are the days when homeowners weren't concerned about a $100 per month electrical expense.

What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?
Higher-end manufacturers are producing spas with better, more innovative jetting running from high efficiency pumps and better insulation. You don't need to sacrifice hydrotherapy to achieve energy efficiency.

What are the therapeutic benefits of a spa?
There are many, especially related to arthritis. Warm water reduces stress, relaxes aching joints, and the intimate spa environment can bring couples and families together for peaceful, quiet conversation.

What advice would you give someone considering an outdoor spa or hot tub?
Deal with a reputable company and make sure the spa comes with a good warranty. Better manufacturers offer at least three to five years full coverage on all components and plumbing and also cover the labor. Big box retailers may boast a low price, but a knowledgeable salesperson from a specialty retailer can help guide you through the whole process of this major purchase.

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Tony Pescosolido
Great Bay Spa & Sauna
603 436-8893

Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?
Obviously, a spa design that provides comfortable seating to the users. A spa that is feature-rich and technologically advanced. A spa that delivers the healthy benefits of hydrotherapy in an entertaining package while providing ultra-low maintenance for the consumer. We now use fewer chemicals than ever before by using both ultraviolet light and ozone to purify the spa water.

What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?
Speaking specifically of the Sundance Spa brand spa, which in its 33 years of operation has always been the leader of innovation, it has recently developed the most energy efficient spas in the world, the Elite Series. Included in those spas are patented jets that deliver a professional-caliber hydro massage for every body type and ailment.

What are the therapeutic benefits of a spa?
Complete submersion into warm water relieves 90 percent of one’s body weight, reducing stress, relaxing tight muscles and relieving pressure on joints. Massage jets can provide either low-impact or vigorous deep-muscle therapy to target specific problem spots by relieving pain and promoting faster healing. Warm-water therapy relaxes tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.

What advice would you give someone considering an outdoor spa or hot tub?
Purchase only from a reputable spa dealership that provides expert service year round. Ask for guidance from our professional sales staff. Most importantly, you can visit our showroom and take a test soak in any one of the available models.

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Jen Hoyt
Northern Pool & Spa
207 439-6800 

Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?
I think what people look for in a spa first and foremost is style, versatility, comfort, and energy efficiency. We at Northern Pool & Spa carry Dimension One Spas. They have a passion for innovation while keeping our environment in mind, from their patented bio-form seating, ultra lounge, and neck flex system, to their “green” core values.

What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?
There are hundreds of brand name spas to choose from, such as Jacuzzi, Sundance, Hot Springs, Marquis, Cal Spa, Master Spa, Nordic, and Dimension One. All spas range from $895 to $20,000, but the price depends on size, style, and features. When looking at spas, sit in the spa and make sure you are comfortable, and have a clear understanding of the water management system used to keep the water clean.

What are the therapeutic benefits of a spa?
A hot tub is a prescription for good health. Heat, buoyancy, and massage create a relaxing and soothing hydrotherapy experience. Immersing yourself in a hot tub raises your body temperature, which dilates blood vessels—increasing circulation, lowering blood pressure, loosening tight muscles, and releasing endorphins.

What advice would you give someone considering an outdoor spa or hot tub?
Before buying a spa, we at Northern Pool & Spa recommend trying one out. You also want to consider the space you have to work with, along with the insulation of the tub. Does it offer a variety of hydrotherapy seatings? How long has the manufacturer and dealer been in business? Does it have a water care system? What type of insulation does the spa have?

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Steve Lawrence
Aqua Paradise
603 431-3808

Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?
I would say ease of maintenance and cost effectiveness, such as operating costs and efficiency. Beyond that is durability—how long does it last, and customers also ask, “Do you service what you sell?”

What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?
The top of the list is lighting, style, and materials that hold up better: eco-tech cabinets and resin materials, instead of wood like they used to use years ago. For lighting, it’s exterior low-voltage lighting that looks nice even when you are not using it for the spa.

What are the therapeutic benefits of a spa?
They’re endless—that about sums it up: anything from simply relaxing to de-stressing, to some spas that are truly therapeutic and great for arthritic conditions. For my wife and me, it’s a half hour or 45 minutes in the hot tub after the kids have gone to bed, to reconnect with each other, and there’s a serious benefit to that.

What advice would you give someone considering an outdoor spa or hot tub?
Get it quickly from us! Consider where you’re going to put the spa and request a backyard consultation. If you put it on the deck, make sure the deck is going to support it. Make sure you’re buying from a company that will support the spa after the sale.

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Jennifer Hemming
Custom Pools & Spas
603 436-7808 

Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?
Features that homeowners look for in a spa are the number of jets, lights, esthetics, warranty, insulation, and ease of use. The better the tub is insulated, the less it’s going to cost to run monthly. And who wouldn’t want a tub that is very easy to take care of? This is why Hot Springs’s ACE saltwater system is great. It practically takes care of itself and you don’t have to add chlorine.

What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?
One of the latest developments from Hot Springs Spas is the introduction of saltwater hot tubs. Salt water has been prevalent in the swimming pool industry for a long time now, but Hot Springs is the first manufacturer to introduce it to hot tubs. ACE (saltwater system) works by adding a minimal amount of salt into the water, which is then turned into natural chlorine plus many other cleaners.

What are the therapeutic benefits of a spa?
Soaking in hot water is good for your body, mind, and spirit. Hot tubs work as natural painkillers and stress reducers. They can be great for arthritis or any kind of body pain; they are a perfect remedy for insomnia, and the hot water can even lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. Hot Springs is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and the National Sleep Foundation.

What advice would you give someone considering an outdoor spa or hot tub?
When considering a spa, take a look at the background of the company that is selling the spa and at the manufacturer that makes it. Ask yourself, “Is it a quality hot tub that will last for years of enjoyment?” Go online and read reviews to see what other customers say. The service you receive from a company is as important as the quality of the product itself.

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Chris Callanan
North Shore Pool & Spa
866 334-5108

Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?
What’s most important these days is how the spa will match the environment in which it is being placed. Customers want a true blend into their project, not just something placed there after the fact. Color and material are both important, along with seat configuration. We are able to offer a stonescape cabinet in addition to maintenance-free, wood-look products.

What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?
The latest features go beyond just jets. LED lighting to create ambiance, stereo systems, remote controls, water features like fountains, and even televisions are all available in today’s product.

What are the therapeutic benefits of a spa?
Warm water therapy has been endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation for many years due to its benefits for those who suffer from arthritis. Many people also find the therapy helpful for pain relief before surgery and during some recoveries as well. Additionally, warm water therapy has been proven to help reduce stress and aid people who might have difficulty getting to sleep at night.

What advice would you give someone considering an outdoor spa or hot tub?
Know what you are buying! Research the manufacturer as well as the dealership. Are they going to be there to help you in the event that something needs repair? What are the warranty provisions? What may appear to be a great deal in a big box store or on the Internet could end up being more expensive to own in the long run due to poor quality.


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