This article looks at the different types of hot tub heaters available on the market and why you might need a hot tub heater in order to help you make an informed decision.
There are different types of hot tub heaters to choose from, whether you want one for your indoor or outdoor hot tub or indeed for your home spa, you will need to decide which is the best type for you, for example if you use your hot tub a lot then a gas hot tub heater would be a wise investment.
With an outdoor hot tub you want to make sure that you have your hot tub at a lovely temperature all year round, there would be nothing worse than tepid water in the middle of winter!
So what are the different types of hot tub heaters?
The three most popular ones are:
> Wood burning hot tub heaters
> Gas or propane hot tub heaters
> Electric hot tub heaters
As each has its plus and minus points you will have to decide which would suit you best and therefore you will find a more detailed explanation below to help you:
Wood Burning Hot Tub Heaters
The big advantage of wood burning hot tub heaters is that you will not need a circulating pump or electricity for your hot tub. This is because the heating of the water creates a natural pumping action. Obviously using a wood burning heater requires a bit of preparation rather than just flicking the switch for the electricity but the water heats quickly and it is far more economical than using electricity or gas. These type of heaters need to be installed on a separate plinth next to your tub.
Gas and Propane Hot Tub Heaters
These type of hot tub heaters are cheaper to run than electric heaters and are your best choice if you do not have electricity available and you want instant heating. They will heat your tub much faster than an electric heater. If you need to heat your hot tub frequently during cold weather this would probably be your hot tub heater of choice.
Electric hot tub heaters
If you buy a hot tub package chances are that it will automatically come with an electric heater. However, as you have already read there are different hot tub heaters available and if you haven't already purchased your hot tub you may want to shop around. Electric hot tub heaters hook up to your 110/220V domestic supply and are contained within the hot tub itself. So they are convenient and easy to fix if you have any problems, but you may find them expensive to use.
We have looked at three kinds of hot tub heaters and the advantages and disadvantages and you should now know which will be the best for you. Happy hot tubbing!