For many of us, winter is the perfect time to take a soak in a hot tub. However, while there’s no doubt that using a hot tub in winter can help with much-needed warmth and relaxation, special precautions must be taken to safely get the most enjoyment out of your tub during this time of year. Below we’ve put together a shortlist of tips for using your hot tub in winter.
1. Choose the Proper Clothing and Accessories
Choosing the right accessories can make all the difference when entering and exiting your hot tub. It’s always wise to make sure you wear a thick, dry robe or towel as you walk out to your hot tub and have these same things within arm’s reach as you exit the tub. Be sure to wear sandals or slippers to prevent bringing dirt and debris into your spa and protect your feet from cold surfaces as you enter and leave your spa. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat when using your hot tub in winter, as it can help to regulate your body temperature during your soak.
2. Maintain Proper Water Temperature
It can be tempting to raise your water temperature when using your hot tub in winter months; however, it’s essential to maintain a temperature no higher than 120 degrees for safety. Limit your soaks to 15 minutes at this temperature, or feel free to linger a little longer at lower water temperature. It’s also important to note that you should maintain your water temperature when your hot tub is not in use. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t save on your energy bill by reheating your water before each use. Instead, leave your temperature set to your ideal temperature for greater energy efficiency while making sure your cover is locked and securely in place to seal in the warmth of the water when it’s not in use.
3. Turn Off Air Controls
Using your spa’s air controls is a great way to bolster the power of the jets in your tub so that they provide an even more invigorating massage. However, by injecting cool air into your tub, these jets lower your water temperature and force your tub to work harder to maintain it’s set temperature. For a more energy-efficient use of your hot tub in winter months, try skipping the air controls—or at least turn them off when your hot tub is not in use.
4. Follow Proper Winterization Protocols
Ideally, you should change your hot tub water every 3-4 months. To avoid the difficult task of trying to change your water during the winter months, try changing your water during late October or early November to ensure fresh water through the winter season.
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There’s no reason you can’t enjoy your turbo spa once temperatures begin to plummet! Whether you live in the most frigid of winter climates, or the relatively mild winter climate of Fair Oaks, CA, it’s possible to get the most out of your hot tub in winter months by following a few simple tips. At Blue Lagoon Spas & Swim Spas, we enjoy educating our clients on the benefits of regular hot tub usage year-round. If you are interested in learning more about how to use your hot tub in winter, come visit our hot tub store today!