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January 18, 2016

Making the Most of Your Hot Tub in the Winter

Making the Most of Your Hot Tub in the Winter

Just because the cold weather is here doesn’t mean that your outdoor hot tub has to hibernate for the winter; in fact hot tubbing in colder weather can be delightful! If you take proper care of your Purewater hot tub and protect it from the harsh elements, you will be able to enjoy soaking in it all year round. Here are a number of hot tub tips that will help you get the most out of your hot tub throughout the winter months.

Make the trip to the tub easy!

Some of these points may seem a little obvious but are nonetheless worth repeating.  Purewater always recommends locating the hot tub close and convenient to your access door to the house.  A 5 yard walk at thirty below is a lot easier than a 500 yard dash!. When you are bundled up shovelling the driveway and walkway after a snowfall, remember to take a minute extra to clear the path to the hot tub. Shovelling the path when you are in a bathing suit is a lot less comfortable!  Keep a pair of easy-on and off slippers or flip flops by the back door as a barefoot walk on cold decking can be the least pleasant part of the experience!  When it’s really chilly, consider a toque! The only part of your body that is likely to get chilly once you are in the hot tub is the top of your head!  Once you get into that hot bubbly water any fear or intimidation about cold weather hot tubbing will melt away!

Check the water level

Keep an eye on the water level in your hot tub. This is especially true if you are only using it sporadically. The pumps cannot circulate and water will freeze if it gets too shallow, as water cannot get to your heater.

Turn the air off

Leaving your hot tub’s air inlets open during the coldest months of winter uses a lot of energy, because they are pumping cold air into the water, making it harder to warm your water up to your desired temperature. If you want to use the air inlets in the winter, just make sure to turn them off when you are done soaking in the tub.

Keep your pipes warm

Having your pipes freeze during the winter will be disastrous. To prevent them from freezing, you need to enable your hot tub’s freeze-protection system. In many spas this is a simple as overriding any programmed economy mode allowing the tub to gain heat on demand.  Keeping the water temperature constant, even when the tub isn’t being used, adds a few dollars to your monthly operating costs but helps protect against accidental freezing.

Maintain a warm daily temperature

This goes without saying, but your hot tub will take longer to heat, and conversely less time to freeze, if the difference between the water temperature and air temperature outside is smaller.  The colder it is outside, the more important it is to make sure your hot tub is set to at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cover your hot tub

A proper fitting, well insulated hot tub cover is a must have if you plan on using your hot tub in the winter. The cover will help you keep the water warm while also protecting your hot tub from the elements. Spray a protectant on your insulated cover from time to time to protect it from UV rays.

For all your hot tub needs, including tips and accessories that will help you celebrate the winter season in your outdoor hot tub, contact Purewater today!