Top 7 Winter Hot Tub Tips – The best season for a hot tub is winter – despite the cold air temps, you can immerse yourself in the hot water and bubbling jets for a relaxing, stress-free experience. Check out these seven tips to maximize the use of your winter hot tub.

  1. Stay warm. In order to keep the heat where it’s supposed to be, wear a winter hat when you’re in the tub. May sound silly, but it’s true that much of your body heat escapes through your head. Keep a hat on and you’ll stay much warmer. In addition, enjoy a hot drink while in your hot tub, such as hot cocoa, tea or coffee.
  2. Ward off colds. If you feel a cold or cough coming on, have a relaxing soak in the hot tub to encourage the flushing of toxins from your body through sweat. Breathing in cool air helps with lung congestion as well.
  3. Slather on the lotion. The same chemicals used in hot tubs to keep bacteria at bay can also dry out your skin. Apply lotion to your body after getting out of the tub. It’s even a good idea to apply some facial lotion before getting into the tub to prevent your face from getting too dry and flaky from the airborne spa chemicals.
  4. Don’t overuse your jets and blowers. Because these mechanisms inject cool air into the water, you’ll want to avoid using them too much because they’ll rapidly cool the water temperature down. Anything that injects cool air into the water will lower the water’s temperature – fast. Preserve the hot water as long as you can by using the jets and blowers sparingly.
  5. Be safe. Whether you’re enjoying a night of entertainment with your guests or it’s just you taking a rejuvenating soak, be careful about temperatures and the amount of time you spend in there. Limit your hot tub immersion to no more than 20 minutes, but you can go longer if you reduce the water temperature to 100° or less. Avoiding drinking alcohol because it causes dehydration.
  6. Take advantage of hydrotherapy. To enhance your workout routine, use a stint in the hot tub as incentive to get a good workout in. Once your muscles have been worked and stretched, spend some time relieving your sore muscles in the hot tub so your body recovers sufficiently.
  7. Check your water levels. If you notice your water levels steadily going down, you could have a leak. It’s important to have leaks fixed right away or else you could experience costly repair bills later. Letting your water levels go too low could cause your pump and heaters to stop working. As a result, the water in your tub could freeze. Talk about a big unexpected bill!

For help with leaks, chemical addition and analysis, and more, call National Pools and Spas for professional attention to detail. Our technicians can come out to your home and address any issues you may have at an affordable price.