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Spas Attached to Pools – Pros and Cons

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A spillover spa attached to an inground pool in Central New York, installed by Cannon Pools.

Homeowners have many choices to make when installing a pool. If you’re hoping to add a pool and a spa at the same time, you’ll need to decide: should the spa be attached to the swimming pool? Ultimately, the best choice depends on your priorities. Take a closer look at the pros and cons of spas attached to pools with these insights from Cannon Pools and Spas.

The Pros

A spa built into your pool – what could be better? It’s easy to see why many homeowners choose this option. Just a few of the benefits of attaching a spa to your swimming pool include:

Easy Maintenance

Attached or spillover spas are easy to maintain. They share all systems with your pool, including sanitation and filtration. As a result, you can clean and maintain both features at once. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of a swimming pool and spa, but with only half of the labor required. Making both salt water is a great option.

No Water Changes

Separate spas must have their water changed 3-4 times per year. Attached spas, however, continuously cycle their water with that of the pool. No water changes are necessary, letting you cut back on maintenance effort and the water bill.

Attractive Water Features

Attached spas are also called “spillover spas” because their water spills into the neighboring pool. This creates a miniature, man-made waterfall that may serve as bonus pool décor. It’s an attractive feature with a soothing sound that helps set a fun, relaxing scene in your backyard.

An Appealing Look

Finally, attached spas simply look great. Many public, hotel, and resort swimming pools choose to attach their spas. If you do the same, you’ll create a similarly luxurious appearance. This option lets you swim and relax in an environment that feels like a resort getaway without ever leaving your home.

The Cons

With all the benefits of an attached spa in mind, you might be excited to add one to your new pool. However, it’s important to evaluate some downsides, which can be avoided with a portable spa (also available from Cannon Pools & Spas). The challenges of attached spas include:

Closing in Winter

If you’ve spent a few winters in Central New York, you know how cold this season can be. Homeowners with pools must close them during the winter months to prevent frozen pipes, pump damage, and other problems related to freezing temperatures. Because attached spas use the same water and systems as the pool, you’ll also need to close the spa. While it’s possible to use a freestanding hot tub all winter long, an attached spa can only be used when the pool is open.

Fewer Jets

Attached spas have fewer jets than a freestanding hot tub and the jets are often less powerful. While they can provide excellent hydrotherapy after a tough day at work, it will be less rigorous than the deep, invigorating massages possible with a freestanding hot tub.

Learn More about Attached Spas

Is an attached spa right for you? There are many good reasons to consider a built-in spa, but the choice all comes down to your preferences. To learn more about attached spas, the alternative portable spas, and swimming pool installation, contact Cannon Pools and Spas or visit one of our locations in North Syracuse, Auburn, Cortland, Fulton, or Oneida. We’ll explain available options and help you make the best choice for your new spa.