The running cost will differ from month to month depending on the ambient temperature and your usage. The cost is likely to decrease in the summer months. It is difficult to provide an accurate figure as factors such as the cost of electricity in your area, location, weather, usage of cover and bather time all hugely affect the cost. Our models are some of the most energy efficient available today and, on average, cost between £20 and £30 a month to run.
No, all tubs have a heating system or take heat from a pump which is connected to a thermostat. This means your hot tub will be ready and waiting for you, saving you money.
Tubs should be filled with a garden hose. The time it takes to fill it with water depends on the size of your spa - an average sized 7ft square tub would take about 2 hours, as long as your water pressure is fairly good and your hosepipe is in good condition. Always flush the hose pipe out for 2-3 minutes to ensure the hose is clean.
As a rule, no. In many cases if you live a long way from our base it would be cheaper for our customers to use a local part p qualified electrician for set-up. If you are having problems we are able to make engineer recommendations or send our own staff out depending on when you are located.
A registered electrician will need to visit and install a circuit breaker (fuse) and a RCD in your electrical consumer unit and run a 32a armoured cable to near your hot tub. A waterproof isolator switch will need to be installed about 2 meters away from your tub and the electrician will have to hardwire the spa. You also need to think about drainage as a large tub can contain several hundreds of litres of water. Please take into account you may need to empty your hot tub. Also when installing a hot tub you need to assess the structure that will hold it. A tub when full can weigh a very considerable amount, so the flooring will need to be perfectly level and very sturdy.
Make sure that there is nothing protruding such as drainage pipes or sills that could obstruct the way. Check to see if there are any low roofs or branches that would hinder vertical clearance. If there are any corners on the path to your designated installation site, check to see the hot tub will pass. The route to where the hot tub is to be sited should be flat and level and not soft ground. Check and inform us if there are any slopes, retaining walls, steps or level differences that may cause problems. Any extra resources required would be charged extra and we do not lift tubs over walls. Under special circumstances, where there is no clear or easy route, a crane can be used to position your hot tub. Please contact a local crane company to arrange this service if you think it may be necessary. Please note that the cost of the crane would be charged extra.
Yes, the hot tub is self-contained so you can take it with you when you move house.
It's easy when you know how. Chemicals and filters are available at hundreds of spa specialists and online stores. You'll find an easy to follow step-by-step guide to the entire process here: http://www.wikihow.com/Maintain-Your-Spa-or-Hot-Tub
We recommended that water is changed three times a year. More if you use the tub on a daily basis. You can the only put so many chemicals into water before it becomes a saturated solution and will not take any more.
Some tubs have a built in gravity drain on the outside of the cabinet and some have these drains inside the cabinet. If you don’t have a drain fitted or you want to empty your tub faster you can purchase a submersible pump and empty your spa very quickly.
Yes, there are specific elixirs and crystals designed for hot tubs that do not affect the water balance.
If the PH is at the correct level and you do not have too much sanitiser in the water a good soak tub will not hurt your skin. Bad PH and too much sanitiser will dry out your skin and make your skin irritated.
No, you should not use a spa if you have heart problems, have a pacemaker fitted or under any medication without consulting with your doctor.
You probably spend too much time in your hot tub at 40 degrees without drinking any water. If you want to spend prolonged times in your spa you need to keep well hydrated, so drink lots of fresh water. If this continues please consult your GP.
To protect your cabin from the elements we recommend that you paint the exterior with a high-end protector such as Sadolin. The floor inside can be protected with a hard-wearing varnish. Using a protector on the interior roof this will prevent mould from forming.
We recommend using chemical-free English charcoal. Small dry logs can also be used.
The lit grill will heat the cabin quickly and the warmth will be retained long after the fire has died down.
A concrete base with air vents is recommended prior to installation. A reinforced wooden frame base with a decked area can also be used, particularly to eliminate sloping areas in you garden.
As a rule, no. Depending on where you are in the country it is likely to prove cheaper to hire a local tradesman. The cabins come with clear instructions, so you could put the lodge together yourself. Self-assembly will take two people 4-5 hours. If you do require Hambeltons to put the cabin together call us on 078 89 252 474 for a quotation.
Almost certainly not, although it is worth checking with your local planning authority.
Of course. Using high quality screws means your hut can be dismantled and resurrected at your new home.
We recommend treating the exterior of the sauna with a wood preserver or UV inhibited stain that will resist the weathering effects of sunlight and rain.
Under no circumstances. The inside of the sauna should be left untreated.
Our saunas come with Harvia woodburning stoves, complete with chimney kit.
This varies depending on the ambient outside air temperature - the warmer the weather, the less time it takes. As a rule of thumb the sauna will be ready to use in half an hour.
It is important that the surface supporting the sauna is level and sturdy - a slight taper for rain run-off is fine. Concrete patios, wood decking and pressed gravel are all suitable.
The saunas are straightforward to assemble and can be put together by two people in 4-5 hours. Easy to follow instruction manuals are included. If you do require Hambeltons to put the sauna together for you call us on 078 89 252 474 for a quotation.