Winter can be one of the most enjoyable times to be a hot tub owner. There is something particularly refreshing about enjoying the warm water while the air outside is brisk and cold. It's important to remember, though, that your hot tub needs a bit of extra care during the cold season. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Invest in a good insulated cover
Heat loss results in energy loss, which puts more strain on the hot tub as it tries to keep the water warm in cold conditions. A quality insulated cover should seal tightly and minimize the heat loss. As an added benefit, it also keeps out snow and rain that could potentially cool the water or dilute the treated water. Also, remember to sweep any collected snow off the cover before opening the hot tub, so it doesn't fall into the water – snow may not melt on a well-insulated cover.
Tip #2: Switch to standard mode
The freezing of anything in the hot tub is the main concern when you leave it operational over winter. For example, many people only run the pump when the tub is actually in use, although they may always leave the water heated. This means that water can be freezing in the pump or pump lines, and cause a rupture. Switching the pump over to standard mode allows the pump to circulate when the water temperature in the lines drops to a certain level. Although this mode uses a small amount of energy, it can save you an expensive pump breakdown or line rupture.
Tip #2: Invest in heated accessories
Wet skin on metal is never a good idea – you can flash freeze to the item and suffer an injury. Water can also freeze on any type of material, including wood decking, which is a safety hazard. Invest in heated mats to place by the exit of your hot tub. This way you don't have to worry about ice building up and causing a slipping hazard; you only have to operate the mats when the hot tub is in use. A heated towel rack is also a good idea, as it prevents towels and robes from freezing. Finally, cover any exposed metal, such as deck railings, with foam covers in the winter, so no one accidentally touches them with wet hands.
For more help, particularly if problems arise with your hot tub, contact a hot tub repair service in your area.