How to use and maintain your hot tub in winter

Nick Clamp Posted by Nick Clamp in Maintaining a Hot Tub Guides on 17th March 2021

Just think how a hot tub could transform your life during the cold months of autumn, winter, and early spring. That is why you should never dismiss the thought of purchasing a hot tub in winter. Why wait for the summer months when you can benefit from the wellness aspects of hot tub use all-year-round?

Our tips for using a hot tub during winter

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When you are conducting your hot tub purchasing research ensure that your shortlist of products have good insulation qualities that will provide protection and energy-efficiency during the winter months.

Some of the poor quality designs will cost you a fortune in heating bills and are not the ideal choice if you want to gain hydrotherapy benefits in winter. If you have purchased a hot tub from a professional WhatSpa? Approved dealership they will be able to provide you with guidance for winter and all-year-round use. Take their advice and if you are ever unsure then give your supplier a call to confirm the best maintenance options.

We are all different and so, naturally, we will have various requirements on when and how we use hot tubs.

Some owners may want to utilise hot tubs mostly in summer for socialising outdoors, but the aim should be to get a boost from hot tub use when your body needs it the most. While snow or ice is on the ground, though, an early morning hot tub soak can help kick-start your metabolism and provide a warm hydrotherapy glow for your body throughout the day.

Even during the evenings of winter months, you can still gain the valuable benefit of a healthy sleep pattern by scheduling in a 20-minute soak before bedtime instead of dusting off the electric blanket.

To increase all-year-round use you could consider investing in hot tub housing. So, if you are going to be put off by the cold climate during the winters months then consider locating your hot tub inside a dedicated building structure that is suitable for your requirements. Seek out reputable designs that are resistant to water and humidity damage from professional suppliers that have the capability to deliver them to your home and construct the structure safely and correctly in your garden.

Maintaining your hot tub during the winter

A general tip for maintaining your hot tub efficiently during winter is to ensure that there is high levels of insulation and sturdy straps in place to prevent a cover blowing off.

If your hot tub has not been manufactured with top quality insulation for maximum winter efficiency performance than you should take action to provide your own extra insulation with tarpaulin or a dedicated cover cap. You do not want all your nice hot tub heat escaping when it gets frosty, so you ensure that the base of your hot tub is insulated from ice from the ground. You could consider a thermal blanket to prevent heat loss from the sides and always purchase a new cover before the winter months if it is damaged or has poor insulation.

Hot tubs typically have the design functionality and protection modes that prevent them from freezing during winter.

So, the best advice is to keep running them all through the winter. If you drain a hot tub there is the risk of some water remaining and this could lead to frost damage. When you are draining, or winterising, your hot tub then you should always ensure a complete drain off. Hot tub professionals also recommend using a submersible pump and using a wet and dry pump on all the jets to ensure there is no water remaining in the pipes before frost comes.

It is also important to prevent damage to your hot tub in winter if you are using it or not. A thermal floating spa blanket can be cut to fit your hot tub shape for additional heat retention protection. If It is near trees then ensure that they are cut back and not going to create problems of falling leaves and branches during the autumn and winter months. A large tarpaulin sheet or dedicated hot tub cover bag will also prevent insects, and slugs from gaining entry; especially if you ensure they are tied or secured correctly in place.

Nick Clamp

About the author

Nick Clamp

I am the Editor-in-Chief at WhatSpa? Media Group and my job is to keep you informed about the very latest hot tubs on the UK market... the best job in the world! When I'm not being deluged with press releases and hot tub brochures I enjoy keeping fit and participating in endurance events including triathlons and distance running.

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