Should I get a hot tub heat pump?

Posted by Tom Smith

should I get a hot tub heat pump

Hot tub heat pumps have become very popular with those wanting to reduce their energy costs. In this blog, we’re answering the question, should I get a hot tub heat pump?

The cost of living crisis has affected us all in many ways in the UK. One of the main ways that it has affected us is through the rise in energy prices. When owning a luxury item such as a hot tub, this could have been a bit of a problem. However, that’s where the fantastic quality of Master Spas™ comes in.

Master Spas™ hot tubs and swim spas are built using the highest quality materials to ensure energy efficiency and low running costs. From Icynene foam installation to thick outer shells, Master Spas™ tubs help to retain heat well and reduce cold spots throughout. They don’t compromise whether you’re looking for a hot tub or swim spa. Here are some of our most energy-efficient hot tubs.

When it comes to your hot tub’s energy efficiency, we like to be transparent. We’re happy to provide estimated running costs for each spa model. Additionally, our team is more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding spas, water care and equipment.

What is a hot tub heat pump?

A hot tub heat pump is also known as an air source heat pump. Air source heat pumps use innovative technology to help heat your spa more efficiently. Air source heat pumps work by taking in the ambient air temperature and heating it. In turn, this helps to heat your spa water.

Essentially, hot tub heat pumps work like fridges in reverse. The heat pumps are designed to absorb energy from the air and output more heat. Air source heat pumps have tubes that are filled with a refrigerant liquid. As the liquid refrigerant boils, it changes to a refrigerant gas. The refrigerant gas travels and becomes heated further before it passes through a titanium heat exchanger. The refrigerant creates heat when it passes through the heat exchanger.

Air source heat pumps can help your spa to warm up much quicker than if you were waiting for the spa to heat itself up, which can then help you save time and money on your electricity bills.

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How much is a hot tub air source heat pump?

There’s no set price that you will pay for a hot tub heat pump. Instead, it depends on your requirements. Elements such as the size of your spa will impact the cost of your heat pump, as it will take more energy to heat the water.

We stock a wide range of hot tub heat pumps, with prices starting from £999. Our options have been chosen to meet a range of requirements; for example, we have smaller air source heat pumps, heat pumps for Balboa and Gecko systems and heat pumps for holiday lets. Read our blog on hot tubs for holiday homes.

The air source heat pumps that we stock have been designed with you in mind by not taking up too much space and not being loud. This means you can continue to use your spa and garden as you wish, all while saving money on your electricity.

The cost of your hot tub’s air source heat pump will be minimal compared to how much money it will help you to save.

What size air source heat pump do I need for my spa?

You’re best speaking to a member of our friendly team to assess exactly which hot tub heat pump will best suit your needs. The average hot tub user will likely require a heat pump with an output of between 5kW and 12kW.

Those who require a faster heat-up process may be better off opting for a heat pump with a higher output. We’re happy to discuss this with you to help you get the most out of your hot tub and heat pump. We can also let you know more about the hot tub heat pump installation process, depending on your chosen model.

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Why should I get a hot tub heat pump in the UK?

Drastic reduction in running costs

On average, hot tub owners find that they can save hundreds on their hot tub running costs with the addition of a heat pump. This is a huge amount of money that is much better off in your pocket! All of our spas are designed to provide low running costs, but an air source heat pump will only make them lower!

Reduces energy usage

Heat pumps can help to save a lot of energy. With a heat pump, the ambient air is transferred through the system, which heats it and, in turn, makes your spa warmer. Due to efficient heat exchange, you can get your hot tub water to your desired temperature much more quickly. The heat pump’s energy output will be higher than what is inputted.

Works year-round

One of the biggest benefits of having a hot tub heat pump is that it will work all year round in the UK. Heat pumps work down to lower temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius. What’s more, the warmer the outdoor temperature, the less energy your heat pump requires to heat your hot tub water. Due to the UK’s climate, you can benefit from your heat pump year-round.

Some heat pump models can even cool your spa water if you’re looking for a colder soak. You can chat with our team to determine which models have this feature and whether it would benefit you. Read our blog on the benefits of cold tubs, and check out the cold tubs that we stock.

Things to consider when choosing a heat pump

  • Contact the hot tub manufacturer or supplier to check your warranty options
  • Research the warranty on the air source heat pump itself
  • The better the model, the longer your heat pump will last
  • Check that you have the space for an air source heat pump
  • Check that the heat pump is compatible with your hot tub or swim spa model
  • Check the installation process – will they help to get the air source heat pump ready?

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We hope this blog has been helpful and answered the question: should I get a hot tub heat pump? Hot tub heat pumps are a fantastic investment for hot tub owners, and they can provide so many impressive benefits. If you’re looking for a cost-effective solution to heating costs, check out our wide range of air-source heat pumps. Air source heat pumps are much better than traditional heating systems because they have a fast heat-up time.

Are you interested in saving energy and drastically reducing your energy bills? Get in touch with our friendly team to discuss our heat pumps for hot tub options. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you have.

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