It’s Hot Tub Time! Winter Spa Tips
Baby, it’s cold(er) outside – time for the hot tub! Yes, you can enjoy your hot tub even during the winter months. In fact, that’s when your hot tub can feel the most enjoyable.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your spa while the temperature drops.
Utilize An Insulating Cover
Your hot tub will take longer to heat up the colder it is outside. That’s why it will need to be turned on for longer in order to maintain the same temperature as in the warmer months.
To reduce the energy consumption of your spa during winter, use a good quality insulating cover. You may also consider using a floating thermal blanket, which can further reduce energy requirements and chemical consumption as well as increase the life of your primary insulating cover.
Clean in Fall
Before it gets too cold, clean your hot tub. If you put off this chore in October, take advantage of the mild weather we’ve had lately because it’s the perfect time to clean without freezing your fingers!
This end-of-season cleaning will probably last you till early spring before you’ll need to clean your tub again.
Enhance Your Workout
Want a way to add some zing to your workout routine? Include a dip in your hot tub as the reward at the end of your session.
Not only will it help to relieve sore and aching muscles, you will recover faster as the heated water improves blood flow. Now you have even less of an excuse to avoid the gym!
Fend Off Sickness
Did you know that sweating out your toxins is a great way to keep the cold and flu at bay? During winter – also known as cold and flu season – it’s easy to get sick when people are often indoors, passing their germs around.
Once you start to feel the early symptoms set in, take a dip in your hot tub to sweat it out, while simultaneously getting some cool air in your lungs, which helps with coughs.
Set your tub to 104 degrees and you’ll be ready to get some cold prevention therapy. Remember to get plenty of fluids, in and out of the spa!
Wear a Hat
If you’re worried about getting too chilly, put on a hat. As the top of our heads is where heat escapes from our body, wearing a hat will help to regulate your body temperature. As Jerry Seinfeld once noted, “You could ski naked if you had a good hat!”
While we don’t recommend that the next time you’re in Colorado, a hat will certainly make a difference in your spa experience. Additionally, it will also help to keep your hair dry, keeping the chills away even further!
The cold air can be dehydrating, even when you’re sitting in a steamy tub. Protect your skin from drying out by putting on a thin layer of moisturizer or even sunscreen on your face.
Lotion can perform double duty by keeping your skin moisturized, while keeping airborne spa chemicals from getting into your pores and dehydrating them further.
Keep a pair of sandals or slippers handy by your door, so you can slip into them easily as you make your way to the hot tub.
Not only will this help you keep your footing as you get in and out, but it will keep dirt or debris that your feet may pick up out of your tub.
Heat is lost more rapidly in the cold. In order to save energy and for a friendlier electric bill, maintain a set temperature on your hot tub.
It’s a misconception that raising and lowering the temperature of the hot tub water based on usage would save money. In fact, it’s more costly when the water is constantly heating up and cooling off.
Also, remember to cover your hot tub as soon as you’ve finished using it so that the heater isn’t working to heat up constantly cooling water. Don’t forget to use your spa blanket for higher efficiency.
Your hot tub can be a place of relaxation and therapeutic enjoyment even in the winter months. It’s possible to have a luxurious spa experience right at your doorstep all year round if you follow these guidelines. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your spa, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Happy hot tub season!