Winter Hot Tub Preparation

The hot tub is a great place to relax and has many health benefits. Spending time in the hot tub can ease muscle tension and even help with back pain and inflammation. You can also read your favorite book, listen to music or spend quality time with friends and family.

The hot tub is often used during the warmer months of the year. However, there are some steps you should take to prepare the hot tub for the winter season as well. Keeping the hot tub safe in cold weather can ensure that you can enjoy it once spring comes around again.

Hot Tub Winter Enclosures

Winter enclosures are a great way to enjoy the tub when the weather is cold. You can have the enclosure constructed to add seating so you can relax between hot tub sessions. Alternatively, you can build a roof on top of the hot tub to shield it from snow and rain. An enclosed space with open walls is also a stylish and functional idea. If you already have a patio, you can enlarge the space so the hot tub fits comfortably into the area. Work with your contractor to get an enclosure that coordinates with the rest of your outdoor structures.

Best Temperature for Hot Tub in Winter

If you want to use the hot tub in the snow, it’s important to keep the water at the right temperature. The hot tub is often between 102 and 104 degrees in the winter, so you’ll be warm and comfortable. This temperature range is also common in warmer weather since the purpose of the hot tub is to keep your body warm. Generally, the hot tub shouldn’t be lower than 90 degrees. It’s best to keep the hot tub at the same temperature all the time. If you don’t think you’ll be using the hot tub for a couple of weeks, you can turn the hot tub temperature down by a few degrees. However, this may not help you save much on electricity bills.

Additional Winter Hot Tub Tips

Turn off the heater and spa if you will not use the tub until the weather is warmer. You’ll also need to drain the water from the pool. Leaving water in the pool too long can cause debris, mold, and mildew to settle in the pool. Take all the filters off the pool and soak them in a cleaning solution. Clean the filter basket as well. Keep the filters dry until you’re ready to put them back in the hot tub again. Open your train plugs as well, and use a shop vac to remove all excess water from the hot tub. Blow the jets as well to make sure there is no water in the jets. The water can freeze in the winter and cause significant damage. Use a spa cleanser to clean the basin of the hot tub once the water is drained. Cover the tub to keep it protected until you’re ready to use it again.

Contact Atlantic Pool and Spa to learn more about how to prepare your hot tub for the winter. We listen to your concerns and can answer questions about keeping your hot tub in great condition. If you are looking to purchase a new hot tub we have a great variety to choose from. We are located in Lake Hopatcong NJ and service the counties of Morris, Sussex, Bergen, and Warren.