10 TIPS FOR USING YOUR HOT TUB IN WINTER
The long, cold months of winter encourage us to take it easy, conserve our energy, and be more selective about how we invest our time. But while you might feel inclined to spend the winter hibernating, your hot tub doesn’t have to follow your lead. In fact, using your hot tub in winter has special advantages—provided you follow a few tips to stay safe and keep your hot tub in prime operating condition.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF SOAKING IN YOUR HOT TUB IN WINTER
Winterizing your spa for the season—draining it, cleaning it, and protecting it from the effects of freezing weather—can be a complicated and time-consuming procedure. In many cases, it’s better for the health of your hot tub to keep it running. Plus, in addition to enjoying the everyday benefits of your spa, you’ll get to experience some perks unique to the winter months:
- Staying Warm Outside in the Cold. In freezing weather, a soak in your hot tub allows you to spend time outside in warmth and comfort, instead of huddling indoors or shivering in the cold air.
- Cold-Weather Hydrotherapy. When your muscles and joints are cold, you’re more likely to pull or strain them during physical activity. In chilly temperatures, soaking in your hot tub before exercise can help warm you up and prepare your body for a safer workout, while soaking after a workout can relax and soothe aching muscles or stiff limbs.
- Winter Socializing and Celebrations. The winter holidays are a perfect time to enjoy the company of close friends and family. Your hot tub can serve as a unique and memorable site for a festive winter gathering.
10 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR HOT TUB IN WINTER
During the winter, follow these tips to protect your hot tub, keep yourself safe, and enhance your enjoyment:
- Invest in a Good Cover. Make sure your hot tub cover is well-insulated and has a tight-fitting seal. A high-quality cover in good condition will help your hot tub maintain a constant high temperature, even when the weather is frightful.
- Monitor the Water Level. Check your water level frequently and add more as necessary. If the water level falls too low in cold weather, the components may freeze, which could damage your hot tub.
- Keep the Water Clean. Make sure you clean and maintain your water and filters according to your usual schedule. Simple problems can become more complicated to fix in subzero weather.
- Change Your Water Early. If your tub will be due for a scheduled water change during winter, it’s a good idea to shift it to earlier in the year. Changing water while the outside temperatures are low can be particularly challenging, as there’s a risk of water freezing and damaging your spa.
- Turn Down the Jets. Use the jets to a lesser extent than you would in other seasons, and don’t forget to turn them off when not in use. The jets work by blowing air into the water, which can lower the temperature.
- Be Smart About Soak Times. The longer you stay in your spa, the higher your body temperature climbs. While it may be tempting to linger in the comforting warmth of your hot tub when the outside air is cold, try to limit your soak time to about twenty minutes Moving from extreme heat to extreme cold can place dangerous stress on your body.
- Stay Hydrated. It’s always important to stay hydrated when you’re using your hot tub. During the winter, you may want to drink warm or room-temperature beverages while soaking to keep yourself hydrated while combatting the cold. Since alcohol can increase the effects of dehydration, it’s best to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages in your spa.
- Have a Plan for Retreat. Cold weather can be dangerous, particularly when you’re wet and wearing a bathing suit. At the conclusion of your soak, when you must leave the protective warmth of your spa and face the icy winter air, make sure to immediately shield yourself from the cold. Keep a bathrobe and shoes or sturdy slippers nearby and get indoors as quickly as possible after leaving your hot tub.
- Vacation Without Worry. If your winter plans involve travel, rest assured your hot tub will be fine without you.
- Enhance Your Outdoor Sanctuary. Use accessories to add warmth and comfort to your outdoor hot tub environment in the winter. Consider adding heating lamps, or a towel warmer, or maybe simply a weatherproof rug to protect bare feet from the frozen ground. Just make sure all electrical devices are either battery-operated or are placed far enough away from your hot tub to avoid any possible risk of electrocution from contact with water.
If you’re still debating whether to keep your hot tub running all winter long, it may help to know how much energy your spa is likely to use in cold weather. For any questions you may have about winter hot tub use, talk to your local dealer. They’ll be able to help you better understand your model and its known performance specifications. They also can offer more tips for getting the most out of your hot tub in winter, especially for your area’s particular climate.