Some people choose to winterize their Hot Springs spa for the season and using a hot tub lid to protect it from the effects of the chilling winter weather. Others prefer to keep theirs running all year round. No matter which side coin you fall on, one thing’s for sure—there are many ways to care for and enjoy your hot tub in the winter.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your spa in the winter months.
Find hot tub covers for sale if don’t plan on using it
If you’re more inclined to hibernate in the winter, you’ll want to make sure you find hot tub covers for sale. Once you’ve drained and cleaned it, you’ll want to select the right hot tub lid. Be certain your cover has a tight-fitting seal and is well insulated.
Check the water level often
If you’re using your Hot Springs spa in the cold weather, monitor the water level frequently and add more as needed. When water levels fall too low, parts may freeze and damage the hot tub.
Keep it clean
While a hot tub lid will help keep out debris, it’s essential to clean and maintain the water and filters per your usual schedule. Simple issues can become complex problems later when dealing with subzero weather.
Change your water early
When you own a hot tub, you have a schedule for changing the water. If you plan on using it in the winter, it’s wise to shift it to earlier in the year. It can be a challenge to change water when the temperatures are low and there’s a risk of the freezing water causing damage.
Enjoy staying warm outside in the cold
In bone-chilling weather, a nice soak in your home hot tub lets you to enjoy the fresh air in warmth and comfort, instead of staying indoors or shivering in the cold.
Use hot water for cold weather therapy
When your body is cold, you’re more likely to pull or strain your joints and muscles during physical activity. This winter, try soaking in your hot tub before exercise to prepare your body for a safe workout. You can also have a soak after a workout to loosen and soothe aching muscles or stiff limbs.
Time your soaks
Your body temperature climbs the longer you soak in a spa. During the winter months, limit your soak time to 20 minutes. Switching from extreme heat to cold can put undue stress out your body.
You should drink plenty of water after using a hot tub any time of year. But during the colder months, remember to drink room-temperature water throughout your soak to combat the cold’s effects. It’s best to avoid alcohol since that can increase the effects of dehydration.
If you’re unsure whether to keep your hot tub running all winter long or start shopping for hot tub covers for sale, you can always visit your local spa dealer and seek advice. Also consider factors like energy usage, performance specifications and health conditions. Above all, be sure to care for your tub so it’s ready to use when are!