14. How can I reduce the cost to heat my hot tub?
As their name suggests, hot tubs require a lot of heat to achieve and maintain the 38°C to 40°C water temperature they usually run at.
Most hot tubs are supplied as standard with an electric heater already installed. This usually takes many hours to heat a typical 1,400 litre hot tub from ambient water temperature to normal operating temperature, and as electricity is one of the most expensive ways of heating, it’s not surprising that many users find their electricity costs rise sharply!
A more efficient solution is to heat the hot tub from an external heat source, such as a gas boiler. Usually, this can be done by connecting pipework from the hot tub to the boiler, in a similar way to adding a new radiator to a new room in a home.
The only difference is the hot tub requires a heat exchanger to act as an interface to keep the pool and the boiler water separate from each other. Installing the heat exchanger into the pool water circuit and connecting to the boiler is straightforward, though a plumber may be required to install.
Once the hot tub is being heated from the house boiler, many users notice how much quicker the water temperature increases and in many cases, the hot tub can be ready to use in just 2 -3 hours of heating, which is a real bonus, as it significantly reduces the energy used and, as gas heating costs are much lower than electricity, energy costs are significantly reduced too!
Bowman has been one of the pioneers in providing hot tub heating via heat exchangers and have a comprehensive range of products for this specific application. For more information on Bowman Hot Tub Heat Exchangers