Backyard FAQs - Hot Tub Central




Our team of backyard living specialists wants you to make the most of your backyard living space. Whether accessorized with a hot tub or swim spa, we can help you explore the potential of your backyard and transform the way that you use it. Below, find an assortment of questions and answers that can address many of the inquires that you may have about your own backyard paradise. If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with our team at Hot Tub Central in Toms River, New Jersey.

Are you thinking about purchasing a hot tub? Finding the right hot tub for your backyard and lifestyle is integral to your overall spa experience. What factors can determine which hot tub is best for you? We have listed them below.

• Brand
• Model
• Size
• Seating
• Style
• Features

Those with a more social lifestyle will likely benefit from a larger hot tub with five or more seats. This will open up the opportunity for the homeowners to entertain family and friends in the comfort of their outdoor hot tub or surrounding area. On the other hand, smaller families or retirees who are looking to enjoy the peace and solitude of their backyard space, may enjoy the comfort of a smaller hot tub with advanced features. Hydrotherapy jets, interior LED lighting and Bluetooth compatibility can all contribute to the ultimate spa experience.

To find the best hot tub for you, speak with the experts at your local hot tub store. The team at Hot Tub Central would be delighted to help you get started.

Modern hot tubs are available in a range of sizes, including:

• 6+ person
• 5-6 person
• 4-5 person
• 2-3 person

When it comes to the size of your hot tub, you should take the layout of your backyard and your lifestyle into consideration. If you have a larger family or like to entertain guests, a bigger hot tub might be a good idea, so that you can accommodate more people. If you live a more laid-back lifestyle or have a smaller family, a smaller hot tub might be the right solution for you. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your needs, wants and lifestyle. Take a look at the different hot tub sizes for yourself, in person at Hot Tub Central.

Hot tubs are available in a range of prices. The cost of a hot tub is most often determined by a combination of the following factors:

• Brand
• Model
• Age
• Used or new
• Location
• Size
• Features
• Seats

We recommend determining a budget that is comfortable for you before stopping by your local hot tub store. Communicate your budget with one of the team members at Hot Tub Central, so that they can better serve you and find a hot tub in your price range. Financing is also available with approved credit for the hot tubs for sale at our Toms River spa store, inquire within or click here to learn more.

The cost of the hot tub repair will depend on the situation. Factors such as labor and parts will contribute to the cost of your repairs. For an accurate idea of how much your hot tub repair will cost, get in touch with the technicians at Hot Tub Central for a quote. This is the best way to find out how much your spa repairs or service will cost.

Your hot tub filter should be cleaned every two weeks. During this process, we recommend rinsing the filter with water from the hose or a sink. A filter cleaning spray should also be used to remove any built-up dirt or grime. Every two months, the filter should be soaked overnight in a bucket of filter cleaning solution that is heavily diluted by water. So long as the filter is maintained properly, it should only need to be replaced once a year, if not a year and a half.

Your hot tub water should be tested once a week with test strips, then treated accordingly to achieve a proper pH balance and chlorine levels. Your hot tub water should be drained every three to four months, in order to start fresh with new, clean water. Once the water has been drained, give the interior a good cleaning with a rag and cleaning product before filling and treating again. Your hot tub cover and steps should be cleaned once a month, spraying it with water from the hose and cleaned with a rag and cleaning solution.

For the appropriate water care and cleaning products, visit Hot Tub Central in Toms River today.

Swim spas are often described as the perfect balance between a hot tub and a swimming pool. Smaller than a pool, yet bigger than a hot tub, swim spas range in length from 12 to 18 feet and can accommodate anywhere from one person to as many as ten or more, depending on the size and seating capabilities. Built with both relaxation and recreation in mind, many swim spas have built-in features like ergonomic seats, hydrotherapy jets, powerful stream jets, user-friendly controls, Bluetooth sound systems, interior LED lights, and more.

One end of the swim spa is open concept, perfect for fitness and recreation, while the other end is often equipped with seats for rest and relaxation. Some swim spas even offer a dual-temperature experience due to an interior wall that separates the two areas. This enables swimmers to set the open-concept area to a cooler temperature, while the seating area is much warmer.

Learn more about the wide selection of Hydropool Swim Spas for sale at Hot Tub Central today.

Swim spas are built with fitness in mind. An open-concept area is perfect for floor exercises and activities, complete with a powerful jet system at the far end. When in use, this jet can create a stream of water that is powerful enough for one to swim, walk or jog against, in part of a healthy lifestyle.

Before including a swim spa in your exercise regimen, we always recommend speaking with a physician first. This can help to ensure your best health, which is always our top priority.

A spa can be installed indoors or outdoors, although over 90%, including those in cold weather climates, are installed outdoors. The two main considerations for installing a spa indoors are: will it fit through the door, and is the structural strength of the flooring adequate. A typical 3-person spa weighs approximately 2,500 lbs/1,150 kg when filled.

No. All above-ground portable spas are filled with water using a garden hose.

Most quality spas have relatively sophisticated digital thermostatic controls. These highly reliable modern systems are capable of keeping the spa water within one degree of any temperature you select. While this is important for comfort, it is also important for safety. You should pay particular attention to the control system if you have children who will be using the spa. Better systems have safety locks and digital readouts. A good indicator of the control system’s quality is to read and compare manufacturers’ warranties.

Truly beneficial hydrotherapy is directly related to the placement of the jets and to some extent, being able to adjust each jet where it is needed. These are the standards by which physical therapy and athletic hydrotherapy systems are judged. A common point of consumer confusion occurs when manufacturers load up a spa with lots of inexpensive, non-adjustable, stationary jets. It doesn’t make any difference how many jets a spa has if they are not properly located and plumbed to provide the correct balance of water, air and horsepower.

All major manufacturers agree that filling the spa cabinet with polyurethane foam insulation significantly reduces heat loss, thus reducing heating costs. While this process adds to the cost of manufacturing, research has shown that full foam insulation provides substantial savings to the spa owner over time. Some manufacturers eliminate full foam insulation in an attempt to provide a less expensive product.

Today’s finest spas feature a small circulation pump that continuously filters the water to keep it clean and clear. It also provides the necessary flow to allow the heater to constantly maintain your set temperature. Hot tubs without circulation pumps must rely on the low speed of a larger horsepower pump turning on periodically to provide filtration and the flow required for heating. The circulation pump is the most efficient method to provide flow for filtration and heating.

The control system can keep your hot tub hot and ready to use. Or you may prefer the “economy” setting which allows you to tell the system when you are most likely to use the hot tub and the water will be hot and ready at your designated times.

  • Check to be sure that the hot tub you buy is listed by a recognized independent testing agency such as ETL.
  • Use a qualified electrician to connect the electrical service to the hot tub.
  • Make sure the cover comes with a locking system to prevent unauthorized use. Many hot tubs feature locking control panels, as well.
  • Keep appliances and other electrical devices away from the hot tub area.
  • Always observe the warnings about hot tub use by small children, pregnant women, people with certain health conditions and people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Contact us to discuss the different hot tubs that are available to you. Whether you’re in need of spa repair or you’re simply looking for a new one, feel free to contact us. We’re more than happy to help!