How much does a spa cost?
Spa prices can vary. You can usually buy a good quality spa for $4,500 - $10,000. The price will depend on three things: features, quality, and service.
Unfortunately many people overlook the most important factor--service. Sometimes the inexpensive spas purchased at large discount outlets will turn out to be more expensive in the long run because you can't find anyone to service the warranty!
Choose your dealer carefully. Find a dealer who has a long history in your area and buy from someone close to home. You'll be glad you did. Most reputable spa dealers will have inhouse, factory-trained technicians to address warranty repairs.
How often should I drain my spa?
This depends on several factors but the rule of thumb is to drain a residential spa every three months. If the spa is quite small or very heavily used, you may need to drain more often. Some systems will suggest a drain and refill every four months. If a dealer (or a friend) tells you that you can go a year or more without draining your spa... they are misinforming you. Although the water in a spa is filtered and sanitized, it has a limited life that is dictated primarily by the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids).
Imagine your spa as a large cup of tea. You add one teaspoon of sugar and it dissolves easily. If you dump several teaspoons of sugar into the cup of tea, you will eventually saturate the water with sugar and you will find a residual of sugar at the bottom of the cup. The same thing happens with a spa. You are applying chemicals to keep the water crisp and clear. Eventually, you will add enough chemical that the water will be saturated and it will no longer be easily man