Can You Put a Hot Tub Next to House?

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a hot tub, you’ll need to decide where to put it. The exact location will come down to personal preference, but there are some things to keep in mind when choosing an installation spot for the hot tub. Convenience, comfort and practicality should all play a role. For convenience, can you put a hot tub next to house entrances? For comfort, is it possible to shelter the hot tub? And for practical purposes, what about electrical and water supplies? To help you decide on where to install your hot tub, we’ve put together this article.

Convenience

You want to ensure your hot tub is easily accessible. The farther the hot tub is from your house or changing room, the less convenient it will be. If the weather is cold or it’s raining you might not be as tempted to make your way out to the hot tub in your bathing suit. A wet or icy pathway could also present a challenge – especially for those with mobility issues. The longer the pathway, the more dirt that will get tracked into the hot tub and the more time you’ll need to spend on cleaning. And having to swan past your neighbor’s sightlines may also inhibit you from using the hot tub as much as you’d like. When deciding on the ideal location for your hot tub, consider how convenient it will be.

Comfort

If nothing else, hot tubs are about comfort. You don’t want your time spent in the hot tub to be overshadowed by a poor location. Think about the weather and surrounding atmosphere when choosing your hot tub’s location. If you live in a cooler climate, a southern exposure that receives plenty of sunlight will likely be much more comfortable than a hot tub that experiences continual shade. This will not only give you exposure to more daylight, but it will help to keep the water heated as well. If you live in a warmer climate, some access to shade may be the more comfortable choice. Similarly, you should pay attention to the wind patterns on your property. A little breeze will likely be comfortable, but regular strong gusts can make for uncomfortable bathing while also interfering with the water chemistry.

Practicality

You should also keep in mind practical concerns when choosing the location for your hot tub. You’ll need to fill and drain your hot tub on a regular basis, so having access to a water source as well as having an area that provides proper drainage should be kept in mind. Your hot tub will also require access to electricity. Larger, hardwired models will require the services of an electrician to install a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protected 220 volt circuit with a 50 amp (or more) breaker. The farther the hot tub is from your breaker box the more this will cost. If budget is a concern, you’ll want to keep this in mind. If you have a plug and play hot tub, you’ll want the hot tub placed as close to an electrical outlet as possible. You don’t want to be using an extension cord or running an electrical cable over long stretches where it can become a tripping hazard. Also watch out for overhead power lines and stay well clear of them.

Other Concerns

You’ll need to place your hot tub on a level and stable surface. This could be a concrete pad, gravel bed or prefab hot tub pads. Whatever option you choose, ensuring its level will prevent undue stress on the hot tub shell and cabinet. Some municipalities might require a safety fence or a building permit for the electrical circuit. Your hot tub dealer should be able to provide some insight into local regulations.

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