Many people are put off the idea of buying a spa due to cost concerns. Remember: it’s a long-term investment in your health and general wellbeing that should give years of service if properly maintained. Here are some tips on getting a spa that fits your budget, and on avoiding heavy ongoing costs.
Choosing a Spa
Buying the cheapest model available may be a false economy. You need to factor in the running and service costs, which could be higher in cheaper models that may be fitted with less durable parts. Be wary of salespeople who can’t produce verifiable figures to support claims about low running costs, and be sure that your purchase comes with a warranty that spells out clearly just what costs are covered.
An inefficient spa can be a drain on your power bill, so ensure the spa you choose is optimised for energy efficiency. That means the pump, the insulation and the cover should all combine to minimise power consumption. The size and model of the spa are influential factors, but so is the ambient temperature where the spa is located.
The average power consumption of a spa located in Auckland is around 19c per Kilowatt Hour, or about $6.75 per week. However, in areas further south, consumption may rise to about $10 per week. A salesperson should be able to give you all the consumption details of any model they demonstrate. Some even offer third-party certification of those figures.
A point to remember: features like internal lights and water jets should only operate when you intend to use your spa.
Finally, don’t just purchase the first spa you see demonstrated. Shop around, and compare details critically. Your spa pool should be an asset, not a liability.
Be sure to attend the Great New Zealand Spa Pool Expo, where you can view many models under one roof and talk to the experts about the spa pool that’s right for you. There’s also a competition to win a fabulous holiday package!