What is a Plug and Play hot tub?

Plug And Play Series

Having a Hot Tub has often been seen as the ultimate luxury, many consider un-affordable. On top of that many think that when installing one in their home, it will require extensive ground work, planning and plumbing. However with the Hot Tub industry revolutionising this really isn’t the case. The arrival of the ‘Plug and Play’ Hot Tub models has certainly helped contribute to the surge in Hot Tub purchasing.

First of all what is a Plug and Play series Hot Tub?

A plug and play Hot Tub is one that runs off a standard 13amp supply, just like the connection you would use for a kettle, or many other appliances around the house. In many cases the cable and plug would still need to be provided by the consumer, however this may eliminate any expense in having to hire an electrician like you would when purchasing a Hot Tub with more jets and bigger pumps, which would require a 32amp supply put in by a qualified electrician.

Hot Tub Installations in Wolverhampton
Plug and Play Hot Tub Installation in Wolverhampton
Plug and Play hot tub installed in Birmingham

These spas will also usually take up much less space than a standard Hot Tub, so are perfect for those restricted to space or access, and certainly those who do not want the hassle of upgrading or changing any electrics.

The smaller foot print also eliminates the hassle associated with the installation of a hot tub. For instance with some of the Coast Spas Plug and Play Series models, the profile height has been designed so that when it is on its side for delivery, it can fit through a standard gate. This is great for those who may have restricted access, and often eliminates the need for a crane which is of course an extra cost. Many of these Plug and Play models are not too deep, which means they may be considered more aesthetically pleasing than some of the deeper spas so can blend into the garden a lot better than some of the bigger ones – but of course that all depends on your taste! These spas just need to be placed on a solid level base, and don’t require plumbing of any kind as its simple to fill and drain using your hose pipe!

 

There may be people reading this thinking that because they are living in rented accommodation they can’t have one at all because they may end up moving in a couple years, and it would have to be left at the property and considered to be a wasted investment, but with these spas that is not the case as it is simple to remove and relocate into a new property. And if you choose a quality hot tub with good aftercare service, you can have it for many years and relocate with no issues!

Plug and Play hot tub Birmingham
An Evolution series plug and play hot tub installed in Birmingham

All of these factors have really heightened the surge for Hot Tubbing, with it being more achievable and hassle free than what they were years ago! Whether you are looking for a luxurious massage, hydrotherapy benefits, or just a social hub for friends and family a Hot Tub sure brings couples, friends and families together; designed to suit all needs and budgets, with finance also being available in all reputable stores and dealerships.

The dream of being submerged in hot bubbly water, having a hydrotherapy massage at your fingertips, allowing you to escape from the stresses of daily life whilst being in the comfort of your own home and without time constraints is very much a reality for all!!

Here are some great options for Plug and Play hot tubs:

Click here for the Patio series from Coast Spas.  Superb 21 jet portable hot tubs!

Click here for the Regency Collection by Coast Spas.  From this series you can choose from a Baroness, a Baron or Countess, all with 30 jets and designed exlusively by Coast Spas for Award Leisure to suit the UK climate!

Then click here for the Evolution range by Award Leisure.  These rotamold hot tubs are hard wearing but lightweight and compact, so if you think you don’t have room or access for a hot tub you might be surprised!  We have even lifted these over walls to install them!

Health benefits of hot tubs

Have you ever thought of how a Hot Tub could improve your health? Hot Tubs have been recommended by doctors and sports professionals to help relieve pain and stiffness in the muscles, and are often considered beneficial for those who suffer with type 2 Diabetes, arthritis, sleep deprivation and have even been known to help with weight loss.

 

A benefit of the buoyancy in hot tub water is that it reduces body weight by approximately 90%, relieving pressure in joints and muscles making it easier to perform exercises, and helps with pain, fatigue and soreness of the muscles. Heat warms up joints and decreases swelling, then as the body registers temperature change the central nervous system becomes depressed contributing to muscle relaxation and temporarily relieving chronic pain. Regular use of Hot Tubs helps to keep joints moving, restores and preserves strength and flexibility, helps restore the full range of motion and protects joints from further damage.

 

A dip a day helps keep insomnia away! It has been found that sleep deepens as the body temperature falls. As a result some medical experts recommend that anyone wanting to induce sleep – especially those being kept awake by pain – soak in water at 38C about two hours before bedtime. So combined with the fact that a soak in a tub alleviates body tension and provides a natural remedy (unlike medicine and alcohol which make you feel groggy and have other adverse side effects), you can’t fail to have a good night’s sleep!

 

It has also been shown that 20 minutes in a Hot Tub helps to relieve high blood pressure, headaches and chronic pain due to stress. Muscular relaxation occurs when warm blood reaches deep into the muscles. This relaxation effect helps to deaden muscle pain by easing any pinching of nerves or blood vessels and by helping the muscle rid itself of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes.

 

Finally, if you’re still not convinced, possibly the greatest benefit of all is that Hot Tubs provide an ideal place to relax with your friends and family. You will soon find that your children or loved ones find the whole Hot Tub experience amazing, enjoy beautiful moments together!

All our Coast Spas hot tubs are designed with Zone Therapy, where the seats and jets are strategically positioned to maximise hydrotherapy across all areas of the body across the whole hot tub.

Click here to see our range of Wellness spas specifically designed for that extra level of hydrotherapy including the unique to Coast Spas Impulse Jets:

https://www.awardleisurebirmingham.co.uk/coast-spas-wellness-curved-hot-tubs.php

Staff Training Day Wed 30 Jan – Shop closed

Award Leisure Birmingham will be closed on Wednesday 30 January for an annual staff training day at Award Leisure HQ

We will be hearing about the exciting 2019 Coast Spas range of hot tubs and new features being rolled out early February!

Watch this space for news!

Still time to grab a bargain on a 2018 model.  Look out for ex display deals here

What is insulation on a hot tub?

What is insulation on a Hot Tub? 

 

Are you looking at buying a Hot Tub or upgrading your existing Hot Tub? Have you heard about different Hot Tub insulation options and been baffled about the differences? It is key to understand the importance of insulation on a Hot Tub as that will determine your running costs, so it could save you money and provide many other benefits.

 

Insulation in Hot Tubs is used for thermal and structural purposes, ultimately designed to reduce your Hot Tub running costs and enhance structural integrity. In this blog I will inform you of the differences between the different types of Hot Tub insulation and run though the benefits.

Over time, and still to this day, Hot Tub companies are coming up with new names for different types of insulation in Hot Tubs, so it is easy to get misled by all this jargon. Below is a diagram which talks about different types of foam insulation.

100% Full Foam Insulation is considered one of the best types of insulation in a Hot Tub. The foam supports the pipes and plumbing to prevent leaks and reduce the noise (as there are little or no vibrations). It also backs the structure of the shell giving the spa structural integrity, and ultimately maintains running costs as the foam reduces heat loss.

 

What should you consider when thinking about insulation for your Hot Tub?

  • Where will the Hot Tub be located? (U.K, France etc.)
  • Will the Spa be outside?
  • Do you want to use your Hot Tub in winter?
  • Do you want to reduce the Hot Tub running noise (when jets and pumps are turned on)?
  • Do you care how much the Hot Tub costs to run?

 

If you are considering purchasing a Hot Tub or Swim Spa then one question you need to ask yourself is “where will the Spa be located?” well, if you live in the U.K like myself, then you know that for the majority of the year the weather is COLD! If you have a Spa running outside 365 days a year that doesn’t have any or an effective type of insulation, then it is a FACT that the Spa WILL cost more to run in comparison to a Spa that is 100% insulated. If you want to maintain low running costs all year round, then I would suggest 100% full foam insulation for your Hot Tub.

 

To understand how insulation works regardless of its application in consumer products, the first step is to understand heat flow which involves three basis mechanisms – conduction, convection and radiation.

 

  • Conduction is the way heat moves through materials. A good example of it is when a spoon placed in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand.
  • Convection is the way heat circulates around us in different forms of matter – through liquids and gases, and is why lighter, warmer air rises, and cooler, denser air sinks in your home.
  • Radiant heat normally travels in a straight line and heats anything solid in its path that absorbs its energy.

 

Regardless of the mechanism used, heat flows from a warmer area to cooler area until there is no longer a temperature difference. In Hot Tubs, this means that in winter, heat flows directly from all heated air spaces within the body of 4-walls, bottom floor and the perimeter space. Heat flow can also move indirectly under the shell of the hot tub side-to-side, up-and-down and through body of water (above the water line to the underside of the safety cover). To maintain the set temperature within the body of water, any heat loss in a hot tub must be replaced by its heating system within the portable design of the spa. A proper insulated hot tub will decrease this heat flow by providing an effective resistance to the flow of the heat.

 

If a hot tub was to have less insulation such as partial foam, foam around the core or structural insulation around the base of the hot tub this allows for large spaces within the cabinet and behind the shell for heat to escape. Which in effect decreases the heat of the water causing the heater to kick in and re heat the water. Costing you MORE MONEY!

 

Where will the Spa be located? Will it be in a cabin, property, building, balcony, garden, sunken or above ground? These are the types of questions you should be answering when considering a Hot Tub or Swim Spa. The majority of Hot Tub owners have their Hot Tub located outside in the garden, I find there is something quite magical sitting back relaxing in your Hot Tub outside whilst its cold or snowing sipping on a nice glass of wine. If you are like the majority and are considering putting your Hot Tub in your garden, then the logical answer is that you would want it to be 100% fully foam insulated.

 

Do you want to use your Hot Tub in the winter? If the answer is yes, then you will need to be careful with what insulation your Hot Tub comes with. Cheaper spas tend to have either no insulation or a partial insulation or foam core insulation which means your Hot Tub will cost more to run! After doing some research, I have found that you should always find out where the spa is manufactured. The reason for this is because some American branded Spas are manufactured to suit hotter climates, Chinese Spas tend to be cheaply made and are of poor quality but I have found that Canadian manufactured Hot Tubs are nearly all 100% insulated to suit the cold Canadian climate – if you live in a cold climate then I would suggest a Canadian manufactured Hot Tub, this means your Spa will costs less to run and you can enjoy it all year round! Be aware! I have found that some Hot Tub brands sell themselves as being Canadian but are manufactured in other parts of the world e.g. Asia. So be aware when looking to purchase the Spa and always do your research. A Canadian brand which is highly recommended is Coast Spas or Regency Collection.

 

What are the other benefits of having a fully insulation hot tub?

Do you want to reduce the Hot Tub running noise (when jets and pumps are turned on)?

  • Some Hot Tubs carry up to 2574 litres of water, that’s a lot of heavy water being pushed and pumped around the Hot Tub pipework! When the pumps and jets are on the internal pipework will move with the amount of water surging through them, like a fireman’s hose, if there isn’t anything supporting the pipework then the pipes can sometimes come away from the jets, causing leaks – this will mean you will be paying for a Hot Tub engineer to come out to the Hot Tub to see if they can fix the leak (sometimes it’s not always a guaranteed fix on the day, so you may need to pay another professional to come out, so this can become very expensive.) When you spend £1,000’s of pounds on a Hot Tub the last thing you want to do is worry about it breaking or leaking! Fully insulated spas allow the foam density to encapsulate the pipes and plumbing preventing vibrations, muffling noise and preventing leaks!
  • Hot Tubs are made all throughout the world, whether your spa is from China, America or Canada they are all being imported overseas in large containers. You want to ensure that the product is structurally supported throughout its transportation.

 

  • Saving you money! It has been proven that a Hot Tub that is fully foam insulated will cost less to run compared to a Hot Tub with no, or less than 100% insulation.

 

So what does all this research suggest?

 

When buying a Hot Tub ensure the spa has 100% Full Foam A + R Rated Insulation – this is the best form of insulation in hot tubs. Coast Spas actually use a 2 pound density thick foam sprayed all around the plumbing and pipework, this will reduce the noise, supporting the plumbing/structure plus this will prevent pipework from moving, and ultimately keep the heat in to maintain low monthly running costs. This type of insulation is vital to make sure you are not spending thousands of pounds a year to keep the spa heated. Top brands in the Hot Tub industry have been using this insulation for decades, because it’s the best!

 

See this link to a video of a spa being fully insulation with foam! – https://vimeo.com/70125671

 

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Happy New Year! January special offers

Hot tub January Sale

  • Stock models for sale from £3,295.00
  • £2,000 worth of upgrades FREE on all special order Coast Spas – any 3 features for free!
  • Order a 2019 model for a 2018 price & benefit from all 2019 NEW features without paying a price increase!
  • 0% finance on stock models over 3 years with a 10% deposit – limited time only. Excluding Evolution series.

For full details clock the link here to see our sale newsletter.

Or Contact us here for more information

 

Bromsgrove Hot Tubs

Award Leisure Birmingham is the number one retailer for premium hot tubs, swim spas & outdoor leisure products in Bromsgrove.  We are also delivering and installing hot tubs in the nearby areas of Birmingham, and Solihull.

Out hot tub showroom is just a short trip from Bromsgrove being only 10 minutes from junction 3 of the M42.  We are the authorised Coast Spas dealer for the Bromsgrove area.  What sets us  apart from other hot tub retailers is our ‘one stop’ shop store experience and our ability to offer the whole package from bases, decking, hot tubs, swim spas, outdoor enclosures and other garden leisure products such as wood fired pizza ovens – designed to make a garden a home and social hub all year round.

Contact us directly for the best hot tub prices in the West Midlands

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Take a look at some of our recent hot tub installations in Bromsgrove:

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Hot Tub installation in Bromsgrove
Hot tubs Bromsgrove
Hot tub installation in Bromsgrove

We also offer hot tub chemicals, spares and accessories, and hot tub servicing in Bromsgrove.

Also check out our latest Hot Tub Sale offers here

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Pre-owned hot tub for sale

We’re selling this pre-owned spa for a service client who wishes to sell for personal reasons.  This hot tub would suit small gardens or couples and it’s only just over a year old.  We have just given it a full service and it is in full working order.

Dimensions: 200 cm (L) x 175 cm (W) x 95 cm (H)

17 jets, 1 hydrotherapy pump, 1 circulation pump

Balboa controls

Ozone generator

Bluetooth Stereo

Colour changing lights

Cover, cover lifter, steps included

Delivery and Installation included free within a 25 mile radius of our showroom

Offer price: £2200.  Finance is available.

Click here to contact us for more information, a finance quote or to arrange a viewing:

https://www.awardleisurebirmingham.co.uk/contact.php

 

Used hot tub for sale

Hot Tubs in Wolverhampton

Award Leisure Birmingham is the number one retailer for premium hot tubs, swim spas & outdoor leisure products in Wolverhampton.  We are also delivering and installing hot tubs in the nearby areas of Birmingham, Dudley and Stourbridge.

What sets our hot tub dealer showroom near Wolverhampton apart from other hot tub retailers is our ‘one stop’ shop store experience and our ability to offer the whole package from bases, decking, hot tubs, swim spas, outdoor enclosures and other garden leisure products such as wood fired pizza ovens – designed to make a garden a home and social hub all year round.

Contact us directly for the best hot tub prices in the West Midlands

Award Leisure Birmingham | Hot Tub Dealer in Wolverhampton
Hot Tub Dealer near Wolverhampton

Take a look at some of our recent hot tub installations in Wolverhampton:

Hot Tub Installations in Wolverhampton
Hot Tub Installations in Wolverhampton
Hot Tub Installation in Wolverhampton
Hot Tub Installations in Wolverhampton

Hot Tub Installations in Wolverhampton
Hot Tub Installations in Wolverhampton

Also check out our latest Hot Tub Sale offers here

Still browsing ? Need to know more ?

Download our Hot Tub Brochure here
Download our Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide here

Hot Tubs in Solihull

Award Leisure Birmingham is the number one retailer for premium hot tubs, swim spas & outdoor leisure products in Solihull.  We are also delivering and installing hot tubs in the nearby areas of Birmingham, Redditch and Bromsgrove.

What sets our hot tub dealer showroom near Solihull apart from other hot tub retailers is our ‘one stop’ shop store experience and our ability to offer the whole package from bases, decking, hot tubs, swim spas, outdoor enclosures and other garden leisure products such as wood fired pizza ovens – designed to make a garden a home and social hub all year round.

Contact us directly for the best hot tub prices in the West Midlands.

Award Leisure Birmingham | Hot Tub Dealer in Solihull
Hot Tub Dealer near Solihull

Take a look at some our recent hot tub installations in Solihull:

Award Leisure Birmingham | Hot Tub Installations in Solihull
Hot Tub Installation in Solihull
Award Leisure Birmingham | Hot Tub Installations in Solihull
Hot Tub Installation in Solihull

Also check out our latest Hot Tub Sale offers here

Still browsing ? Need to know more ?

Download our Hot Tub Brochure here
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** Ex-Display Hot Tub Deals this Autumn**

Believe it or not – November is a great time to buy a hot tub! Take advantage of awesome end of season ex-display model deals from Award Leisure’s Birmingham store. We’re making way for 2019 models now…

All of these hot tubs below are available on our ‘no deposit 0% finance’ Black November deal (pre-Christmas delivery is a requirement for this – and we still have a few slots left). Or you can place a 25% deposit now and pay the rest 7 days prior to delivery in January or February.

From budget to mid range to luxury there are deals to be had right across the range! All pricing includes thermal cover, cover lifter, steps, delivery & installation and a chemical starter pack.

See our special offers page here or call the store on 0121 389 2758 for more info or e mail simon@awardleisurebirmingham.co.uk