Archive for February, 2010


Which Hot Tub is Right for You? Portable Inflatable Hot Tub, Used Hot Tub or Mounted Hot Tub?

So you have decided that you are in the marktet for a new hot tub. Have you decided on a budget and looked at which hot tub price is right for you? Are you willing to spend between $5000 and $19000 for a brand new continuous cast acrylic shell? Or should you take the risk and purchase a used hot tub with no warranty for around $2500? Perhaps you are a bit more frugile and are looking at inflatable hot tubs coming in at a price range of $600-$3500? What ever hot tub you decide on, you will have to think about the chemical that you will need to the water in your hot tub clean and bacteria free. Also be prepared for the “minor” breakdowns (including pumps, filters, or perhaps a torn cover) that are quite frequent for hot tub owners and should be considered when choosing the right hot tub price for your budget.

About Portable Inflatable Hot Tubs:

Portable inflatable hot tubs are fairly new to the hot tub market, however they are a great choice for a thrifty shopper. Inflatable hot tubs are extremely light (compared to a mounted unit anyway) and can be moved easily from place to place. Portable inflatable hot tubs can also be taken camping if you feel the need. Perfect for the first time hot tub owner or anyone who wants the convenience of a portable hot tub. The inflatable hot tub price begins at $600 for a “bare bones” model that only fits two people, and the hot tub price rises to $3500 or more for the deluxe models that fit 4 or more persons. I suggest checking numerous hot tub manufacturers before purchasing any inflatable hot tub, as they can vary widely in pricing and warranties.

Used Hot Tubs for Those on a Budget:

If you are an adventurous person, you might try picking up a used hot tub. They can be found here and there, online and offline, but regardless of where you find one, you will be facing the same problems. These tubs do not come with a guarantee or warranty, so if anything breaks down, you will have to cover the cost. If you have purchased a used hot tub that ends up with a cracked shell you could be looking at thousands of dollars in shipping and repair bills, so I will leave it to you to determine if this is the right hot tub price for you…

Traditional Mounted Hot Tubs:

Certainly the better of the hot tubs, these types of models seat more people, you never have to look for a plug-in (after initial installation) and can be as simple as turning it on and getting in. These heavy units come at a hefty price. If you want the absolute top of the line you will need to spend close to twenty grand, uninstalled! If money is no object then you will find these to be the perfect fit with all their amenities. You can reduce the price of your new hot tub by getting rid of some of the amenities and shopping factory direct, they will pretty much customize a tub to fit your needs and the hot tub price will be much more reasonable than that of a dealer. There are however disadvantages to purchasing factory direct, they may not install your new hot tub when it is delivered, or worse yet…they may hire out the delivery and installation. This would make having repairs made a nightmare. On the other hand, dealers often change hot tub manufacturers, which could mean getting repairs in your home town next to impossible. In both instances you could end up paying thousands in repair bills, not to mention shipping costs.

No matter which model and price range you choose, make sure to read as many hot tub reviews as you can find before purchasing, this will help you choose the hot tub manufacturer that best suits your personal hot tub needs


Why to Build a New Energy Efficient Home

When there is energy wasted, it is not just costing money it is also hurting the environment. With the fuel costs raising many people are looking into building a more energy efficient home this will decrease their energy bills. What a good thing that the new home are being built to be energy efficient.

When an energy efficient house is built there is money that is being saved in the long run. Some mortgage companies even will offer some incentives for people who are building to build an energy efficient home. There are also federal tax incentives for people that have built these homes. By building a new energy efficient home it will increase in value this is because there are many families who are in search for this type of home.

It is very rewarding knowing that you are doing your part for the environment when you have built an energy efficient home. There has been an estimation done that sixteen percent of greenhouse gasses which are produced in America do come from the energy that comes from homes. This means that the less energy that is used, the less greenhouse gas is produced.

If you decide to build an energy efficient home you will not feel any cold breezes blowing through you home unless you have a window open, you home will be warm and comfortable. The new energy efficient home are protected against cold, heat, drafts, and moisture. Inside air quality is not only better but temperature is also consistent.

When building a new energy efficient home there are many other things to consider. Energy efficient windows and doors, solar heat, water saving faucets, appliances that are energy efficient. There are many choices to make in order to go green by building a new energy efficient home should be one that you truly consider.