We're shopping for a new pool and hot tub (1st time) and someone told my DW
to avoid getting the two right next to each other - to put the hot tub a few
feet away. Is there any good reason to do this?
Can anyone recommend a good pool contractor they've used in the Clermont,
had a hot tub adjacent to our pool. When the filter for the pool ran it had
to empty the hot tub water into the pool as part of the circulation plan.
Thus, we would lose all of the hot water to the pool. We seldom used it
because we had to take time to heat the tub from scratch every time which
took an hour or so to do. You could heat the tub and save it for the next
use but then you couldn't run the pool filter. A real pain.
but it is worth it with the price of energy. When you are not using
the spa it is good to be able to swap water but once the spa is hot
you want to be able to keep it turning over separately. Solar is also
starting to make a lot of sense so think about that too.
The thing is to make them separate units. A spa/pool combo has common
plumbing, thus, some water exchange. I have seen spas that
cascade/waterfall into the pool. Lots of heated water going into the pool.
It will cost a lot less to have the spa heated by itself, as spas only have
about 400 gallons or so. They are insulated, and have covers. Typically,
spas are also not used during the hot months. Pools are. Having them
totally separated and isolated will save you energy costs.
Now, as to whether cosmetically you want to have them close together, that's
up to you. Just remember that a spa has electricity and circuits in it, and
putting it close to 35,000 gallons of water has its hazards. In this case,
huddle with the pool and spa guys to make a safe combination if you want
them close to one another.
Steve, who has two spas and one pool.
If it is plumbed right you only pump pool water into the spa causing
it to overflow when you are not heating the spa. You have 2 ways to
go. Pool and spa separate, and pool pumping into spa, making them
share water. We don't use the spa in the summer, why maintain two
water systerms? Just turn the spa over with the pool and keep the pool
Just an aside ......... I have solar heating. When I want to drain the spa
to put in new water, I pump out into the pool. Then, to fill, I draw water
from the pool, which is about 85 degrees, and not 60 as comes out of the tap
to fill the spa. That converts to five hours less of heating, as my spa
heats at 5 degrees an hour when refilling.
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