Whirlpool Tubs For Warm Water Therapy
Whirlpool tubs have the ability to turn a plain bath into a warm water massage. These tubs are ending up in many bathroom remodels. Prices on them have dropped in the past few years from over $5000 to the $1000 range and there are tubs that sell as low as $650. Many of these tubs will fit in the place normally occupied by a standard bathtub.
Whirlpool tubs are available with three different kinds of jet systems. Some tubs offer only air jets, others offer only water jets and still others offer both air and water jets.
The quality of whirlpool tubs vary greatly. Some seem to be very thin and others are prone to leaks. Be sure that the whirlpool tub that you are purchasing is of a good quality. The most expensive tub is not necessarily the best in quality.
Some tubs are sold without sides. This allows the installer to design his own surrounds, but other tubs come with one to three sides, according to the need of the buyer.
Energy consumption for these tubs is rated at about $17 per year. That amount will allow you one fifteen minute soak every day. It does not include the cost of heating the water for the tubs. Most of the tubs hold about seventy gallons of water.
You will want to be sure that you have a water heater that is capable of providing enough warm water for the whirlpool bath. You may find that you need to install a larger water heater or a tankless heater to get enough hot water for your massaging soak.
Be sure that there is sufficient support under your floor to support the weight of the tub and the water. If in doubt, reinforce the support before installing the tub.
Whirlpool tubs will require a dedicated electrical circuit. According to the tub you choose, this circuit may be a fifteen or twenty amp circuit.
Whirlpool tubs need some extra cleaning to keep them fresh. Abrasive cleaners should not be used on acrylic tubs and should only be used if absolutely necessary. You will also need to flush the tub two times each month. This is a ten minute process designed to keep bacteria from building up in the pump system. The process involves running bleach and a detergent though the system.
Remember that you should not spend more than fifteen minutes is a hot bathtub at one time. If you are in the hot water for longer than that time it can cause your body to go i