Hot Tubs: The Pros and Cons of Indoors and Outdoors

by Rachel Laurendeau on October 18, 2012

Putting in a hot tub sounds like a great idea but one of the tricky parts can be deciding where to put it. Let’s explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of placing a hot tub indoors and outdoors to help decide on the best location for you.

Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor hot tub depends on your needs and preferences. Either way, you will likely need to call upon the expertise of both a qualified electrician and plumber for the initial installation.

Outside – Advantages
• There are no space limitations, provided your back yard, deck or patio does not limit how big your tub can be.
• There is no need for extensive renovations or expensive remodeling to the house.
• You are not creating potential indoor humidity issues therefore there is and no need for added ventilation.
• Soaking and relaxing outdoors gives you the opportunity to get some fresh air and reconnect with nature.
• My personal favorite: the ability to sit and enjoy the hot tub under the stars!

Outside – Disadvantages
• Depending on the climate you live in, bad weather might prevent you from using your outdoor hot tub from time to time.
• In cold weather, your energy bills might be higher as you’ll have to keep the tub warm all the time and then boost the temperature higher about a half hour before getting in.
• If you don’t live on an acreage or have a large fenced in yard, privacy can be an issue.

Indoors – Advantages
• An indoor hot tub can be more convenient than an outdoor tub, particularly if you don’t want to step out into inclement weather.
• If you are using your hot tub to treat arthritis or back pain, it would likely be more convenient to have it indoors. Additionally, an outdoor hot tub has a relatively heavy cover on it that would have to be moved off and on at every use.
• If privacy is an issue in your yard, having an indoor tub would likely provide a better retreat.

Indoors – Disadvantages
• For many people, space is at a premium inside the house so they choose to put their hot tub outside rather than give up the precious square footage indoors.
• The size of the room will determine the maximum size of your hot tub.
• Large hot tubs can be difficult to move into a house, you need large doorways and hallways to fit get them through.
• Installing a large hot tub indoors would likely require some fairly major renovations, including adding ventilation to the room the hot tub is in.

Soaking in a hot tub is a wonderful way to relax and unwind at the end of the day, or any time, really. Whether you choose an outdoor or indoor hot tub, this is one home improvement that will offer you many hours of enjoyment while you rest and recharge. Talk to your local plumber to find out more about installing a hot tub in your home or yard.

Reference: Pool Life


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