Imagine a long day of shoveling snow in freezing temperatures. What sounds better at the end of that day than relaxing in a luxurious hot tub?
A hot tub is a great asset any time of year, but it can be particularly relaxing during the cold winter months. Most of the country is in the midst of a winter that has set records for cold temperatures, making it prime hot tubbing time.
There are a number of important considerations for hot tub owners during the winter, including how to conserve energy and keep the spa in peak condition.
Maintain Your Spa
During the summer it’s simple to add hot tub maintenance to your outdoor to-do list, but it’s easy to forget that in the winter. If you want to maximize your winter hot tub experience, keep it well-maintained, just as you would in the warmer months.
Don’t forget to keep a stock of your supplies on-hand at all times, so you’re never left in a situation where you want to enjoy your hot tub, but can’t.
Keep an Eye on Water Level
It’s important to check that water levels are consistently kept above the skimmer line even during winter.
You should also address any leak concerns as quickly as possible, so you’re not wasting water or having to refill your hot tub more than is necessary.
This ensures you don’t have an issue with filtration and pump and heating systems.
Inspect Your Cover
A hot tub cover is always an important feature, but this is particularly true during the winter. Inspect your current cover for any signs of damage or deformities that have occurred as a result of use. If your cover doesn’t fit properly, or is damaged in any way, its time to replace it. If the cover feels heavy from water saturation then you should replace it as soon as possible. The water that sits in the foam core will build up bacteria and drop back into the water which can cause skin problems. So don’t wait till the weather gets better. Preferably you replace the cover before the wet, cold weather hits.
Aside from fitting well, a quality cover is one with the proper density of foam. Look for at least 1.5 lb density rating. 2 or higher in snow load areas. This will ensure the maximum amount of energy efficiency for your hot tub during the winter by keeping the heat in.
Turn Off Air Valves
Jets are perfect for soothing and relaxing your muscles at the end of a long day, but it’s not a good idea to leave the air valves open when your hot tub isn’t in use—particularly in winter. Air valves reduce the energy efficiency of spas and hot tubs by reducing the temperature of the water because they pull in cold air and mix it with the hot water. Not all hot tubs have air valves.
Lower the Temperature
This is a fairly obvious solution to saving energy during the winter. Lowering your hot tub’s temperature when you’re not using it is a good way to minimize energy costs, but it’s important to note that you can’t reduce the temperature too much in winter, because there’s the risk of frozen water and pipes.
If you want to conserve as much of your water temperature and energy as possible, consider a floating thermal blanket, which reduces both loss of heat and evaporation. A floating thermal blanket can also preserve the life of your cover, by reducing the amount of condensation it comes in contact with.
Contact CCHTS at (707) 781-9440 for year-round spa and hot tub supplies and accessories, including maintenance products and covers. We can help you keep your investment operating at a peak performance level, while ensuring you’re saving on energy costs.
If your hot tub needs service or repair in the areas of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa and beyond, book an appointment so we can take care of your hot tub and get it performing at its peak level again.