How Much Does a Hot Tub Cost to Run?


There’s nothing like slipping into a hot tub at the end of a long day. It relaxes you and helps all your stress simply melt away. If you have a new hot tub, or you’re considering getting one, you might want to know how much it will cost to maintain and keep it running. 

So are hot tubs expensive to run?

The actual dollar amount you’ll invest in hot tub maintenance is based on a variety of factors. We’ll explore some of the common elements that impact the cost of running your hot tub, but we bet you’ll find the relaxation is well worth it!

The Size of Your Hot Tub

How much will you pay for water and electricity to keep your hot tub running? The biggest factor is the size of your hot tub. You can get a small tub that will seat two to three people or a large one that seats seven or more.

The larger tub will need more water, electricity, and chemicals to keep everything in balance. The good news is that with today’s energy-efficient models, a large tub doesn’t use that much more electricity than a small one. 

Energy Efficiency

Speaking of energy efficiency, it can help you save a lot of money. If you plan to maintain an outdoor hot tub during very cold winters, you’ll want to ensure that you pick a very energy-efficient model — otherwise, you’ll be paying a lot to keep your spa running! 

Look at the level of insulation in the hot tub cabinet and select a model with a dedicated circulation pump. This will help circulate the spa water using very little energy. You’ll also want to make sure your model includes a foam cover and LED lights to really tap into its energy efficiency.

Choose Your Water Care

The type of water care program you choose is the last factor for the cost of maintaining your hot tub. Traditional bottled water care is good and has done well for spa owners for many years. But if you want to up your game a bit, you might consider a combination of ozone, silver, and MPS. While this will cost a bit more, you won’t have to do as much maintenance over time.

Finally, the top-of-the-line treatment is an automated saltwater system. This requires less from you but does cost more to purchase upfront. It’s up to you to decide what kind of water care makes the most sense for you in terms of time and money.

Your Huntsville Hot Tub Experts

Having a hot tub can make spending time at home much more enjoyable and relaxing. Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll have some costs when it comes to running and maintaining the hot tub.

The good news is that hot tubs provide enough value in terms of at-home entertainment and fun that they are well worth the cost of running the equipment. Plus, today’s energy-efficient models are far less expensive to run.

If you’re interested in a hot tub, give the hot tub experts at Johnson Pools & Spas a call or stop by our hot tub retail store in Huntsville today. 

About the Company

Since 1977, Johnson Pools & Spas has been providing Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, and the surrounding areas with all of its pool, spa, and outdoor living needs. From inground pool design and construction to hot tub installation, pool and spa service & maintenance, pool renovation and much more, our certified pool and spa professionals have the experience and knowledge to create and care for gorgeous poolscapes throughout the area. 

In addition to the best pool and hot tub chemicals, Johnson Pools & Spas also carries energy-efficient equipment, patio furniture, grills, Big Green Egg, and more. We offer FREE computerized water testing and expert advice for the easiest water care possible. Stop by our Huntsville pool supply store today for all of your pool and hot tub care needs. 

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