Winter is here, and with it comes endless worries about keeping warm without running up the utility bill. If you have a hot tub, you are probably planning to use it throughout the season. While hot tubs can be enjoyed year-round with the proper precautions, the freezing weather requires you to take a few extra steps to ensure your hot tub is ready for action. These include:
Get the Tub Ready
First, ensure the tub remains usable during the winter by setting it to “no freeze” to keep its internal parts warm throughout. All hot tub brands have the setting, with slight variations in names, so check your user manual if you can’t find the setting on your model right away.
Inspect the Tub
Before using your hot tub, ensure every part is in good working condition. Begin by inspecting the outer surface of the tub and the foam insulation. If you notice stains or wet parts, your tub could be leaking. Next, look at the hot tub’s filters and clean or replace them if needed. It is also a good idea to flush the plumbing system to ensure it functions correctly. Most importantly, consider investing in a new cover to protect the tub from the elements.
This is especially so if the cover shows signs of water saturation, such as being hard to lift. The ideal cover for winter should be thick (about 5 or 6 inches) and well-fitting.
Setting the Temperature
During the winter season, keeping the water temperature comfortable is essential. A good range is between 88-102 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is hotter than that, you risk overheating, and if it is cooler, you may not get the full benefit of the hot tub. So keep an eye on the temperature and adjust as needed to ensure a comfortable soak. Moreover, try not to use the tub for more than 30 minutes at a time, as overstaying in a hot tub can disorient you, make you dizzy, and possibly lead to fainting.
Regular Cleaning and Maintenance
Regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary to maintain your hot tub. Every week or so, have a cleaning session where you brush and vacuum the walls and floor of the tub to remove dirt or debris. It is also essential to add chemicals to the water to keep it balanced and sanitary. Follow the user manual for the specific chemicals to use, including the amount and recommended application frequency.
Enjoy Your Hot Tub!
Now that your hot tub is ready for winter hop in and enjoy it! Just remember to follow all safety guidelines in the user manual. For instance, you should never use the hot tub alone and avoid using alcohol or taking medication before getting in. With these precautions, you can relax and stay warm in your hot tub all winter.
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