Indoor vs Outdoor Hot Tubs: Understanding The Difference

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Jacuzzi® hot tubs bring together friends and family. They provide a space to unwind, relax, and create memories. Whether you’re hosting an intimate meeting with your closest friends or catching up with your family, a hot tub offers the ideal gathering place.

However, when you’re in the market for a hot tub of your own, before making the big purchase, you need to decide if you want to soak under the stars in your backyard or in the privacy inside your own home. The following are just a few aspects to consider when choosing between an outdoor hot tub oasis and an indoor hot tub cove.

The amount of space you have in your home may be the ultimate deciding factor. In some cases, your answer may lie in whether or not you can even fit a hot tub through your front door. If your door frame does in fact allow enough clearance for a hot tub, next you need to decide if you have the space in your home to accommodate it. Will you need to build a new room for your indoor hot tub or can you squeeze it in an existing area of your home?
As for the outdoor hot tub option, you can install a hot tub in an open space or place it in ground. Depending on your outdoor setup, you might even be able to build it on your patio or deck, if you have the proper foundation to support it.

Proper ventilation is another major aspect to consider. In order to avoid growing mold and mildew, your hot tub requires a well-ventilated area. Because of the fresh air outside, you don’t need to worry about ventilation systems, when you install an outdoor hot tub. However, an indoor tub needs a ventilator, such as a bathroom ventilator system, to help circulate the hot, moist air. When considering installing an indoor hot tub, first determine if a ventilator is feasible in the designated area inside your home.

An outdoor hot tub provides you with the luxury of soaking during a snow storm and relaxing within feet of the sizzling hot dogs on the grill in the summertime. Keep in mind though, if your Jacuzzi® hot tub is outside, it is exposed to the elements. This may mean accelerated wear and tear, not to mention the addition of debris, leaves, and bugs, which will require frequent cleaning.

Alternatively, a hot tub indoors allows you to soak with a view of the snowstorm without having to endure the frigid temperatures as you enter and exit the tub. And because the hot tub is located indoors, it’s protected from weather conditions, which may mean you spend less time cleaning and doing maintenance on your hot tub.
After mulling over these aspects, deciding whether you want an indoor cozy addition or an outdoor hot spot may come down to a simple personal preference.

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