Below is a list of locations to check out, and also some tips to consider when looking at hot tub designs and manufacturers to find a hot tub that will be best for you.
•Arctic Home Living is located in Fairbanks on Airport Way. They have a selection of manufacturers to choose from including Arctic Spas, Apollo Spas, Sundance Spas, and also some types of swim spas. These all have different options to choose from including accessories.
•You can find exclusive spa name brand dealers are located in Ancorage, Sundance Spas on Arctic Blvd., Jacuzzi Spas on North Post Rd. and Arctic Pool and Spa on Old Seward Highway.
•Alaska Spa Depot is in Wasilla on Old Matanuska Rd. They have a selection of Cal Spas, Artesian Spas, Pheonix Spas and also saunas.
Some things you can do to better help you choose from hot tubs, especially in Alaska.
Look for the best controls you can find. Applied computer controls allow you to govern the efficiency of your hot tub directly with your use of it, giving you control over all the components, cycles and overall operating status. Look for dual pumps for the different speeds. Single pumps with dual speeds are not as efficient as they might sound and even though the initial cost might be more it will save you in the long run. Making sure hottubs are properly insulated with six inches of ridged foam will greatly help. Beware of several inches of foam then the rest if filled with fiber glass insulation. This method works until the insulation becomes wet then it is virtually worthless. Look for hot tub covers with the highest R rating and have extended warranties. If your hot tub cover has started to fall from the chemicals in the water or has become water logged, get it replaced ASAP. Some even add an additional thermal blanket to try and help hold in the energy rich air between the water and the spa cover.
Most hottubs will cost up to $250 per year to maintain, that’s not including the cost of filters and chemicals and anything else and also depending on the cost of a kWh, the size of the spa and how often you use it. California has started to monitor energy, forcing companies to compete with energy compliant titles. Looking on the market for more energy efficient hot tubs, a good place to start would be to look for models that have CA Title 20 and that comply with the California Energy Commission standards. Examples include Arctic Spas, Beachcomber, Dreammaker Spa, and Jacuzzi hot tubs. These models have energy conserving components and better designs to help save on energy usage.
North America is one of the very few countries that operate on a 110-125 volt standard. The rest of the world starts at 220 volts. However while some of these models might sound nice by allowing operation on any normal 110-125 voltage household outlet, take into consideration first your surroundings. If you live in an area where freezing temperatures occur for any length of time your best option would be to go with the higher voltage, 220 volts and above so that your hot tub stays heating not only constantly but while you are trying to enjoy using it as well. This doesn’t mean the spa will use more electricity, it simply means it will heat up twice as fast and stay heated more effectively.
To start comparing hot tub models from a wide selection, check out choosehottubsdirect.com where you can shop without the pressure of a dealer or salesman. Shipping is free and you can have any of your questions answered by telephone or chat experts.
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