Warm up the Winter: Caring for Your Hot Tub When it’s Freezing
Hot tubs can be enjoyed all year long, but it requires seasonal maintenance to protect it during the winter. Some people like to use hot tub covers or enclosures during the cold months so they can warm up in the water, but others prefer to retire their hot tub until the snow melts.
If you’re going to be facing frigid temperatures this winter, here are a few ways you can protect your hot tub, save money on your energy bill and stay cozy.
Perform a Water Change
The most important part of prepping your hot tub for winter comes from within—more specifically, the water. You should change your hot tub water every three to four months; if you have a water cleaning system installed that removes chemical build-up from the water supply, you may be able to go longer without a complete refill.
If you plan on retiring your hot tub for the winter, it should be thoroughly drained and dry before you cover it up. This will prevent freeze damage.
Flush the Pipes
Burst pipes are a common winter plumbing problem, and hot tubs often experience them when homeowners fail to drain and insulate their pipes before winter. You should run some antifreeze and hot tub cleaning solution through the pipes before the winter to ensure that they’re free of any chemicals or build-up before the temperature drops.
You should occasionally turn on the faucet to allow water to trickle through your hot tub pipes in the winter; this will prevent freezing and damage through months of snow and inactivity.
Get the Right Cover
Hot tub home spas, like Marquis Spas, are one of the most valued amenities by many homeowners, and many are now insulated and freeze-proof so they can be enjoyed in even the coldest climates. Look for an insulated cover that is made from a durable, weatherproof material like polyethylene fabric.
You should keep the cover on your hot tub at all times, and keep the water at around 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hot Tub Winter Safety
Even if your hot tub is thoroughly winterized, you have to protect yourself, too. Hot water and cold weather may be a wonderful combination, but the change in your body’s temperature can lead to shock. Avoid turning the water above 102 degrees, and only soak for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
There’s no reason that the snow outside means you can’t enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Just be sure that when you use your hot tub to warm up in the winter time, you’re mindful of the challenges the spa will face.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.