How to Use Your Hot Tub Outside in the Winter

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t use your hot tub anymore. In fact, winter is the perfect hot tub season! What’s better on a cold winter day than immersing yourself in a hot tub? Especially if you live in cold areas with lots of snow and harsh winds, winters can seem depressing and daunting. So why not have something to look forward to in the winter? Make hot tubs part of your daily routine and have a destination in your home for cold seasons. Here are some tips to help you use your hot tub outside during winter.

Since it’s winter, it will definitely be cold outside. So make sure to adjust the settings of your hot tub. Activate the Auto Heat or Freeze Protect system as soon as temperatures begin dropping. It will prevent your hot tub pipes from freezing up. The freeze protection system will keep the water temperature at a constant level, even when the hot tub is not in use. If your hot tub doesn’t have this function, turn on the timer and schedule the tub to pump hot water for 15 minutes every hour to keep the pipes warm. Also check your water level as frequently as possible. If the water level is too low, it may freeze, which will cause the heater and pumps to malfunction.

When you’re not using the tub, an insulated lid should always be placed over top to conserve energy and keep the waters warm. It will also protect the tub from fallen leaves or stray animals. Many believe that keeping hot tubs at lower temperatures in the winter will conserve energy and save money, but the amount of money saved will only vary in as little as pennies. In fact, you will waste more energy and time by heating up the hot tub full of cold water. Keeping the waters warm will also reduce your chemical usage and help prevent the pipes from freezing. One thing you should turn off are your air jets. Since cold air is pumped into the water, it takes extra energy for your tub to operate. So if you use them during your relaxing bath, make sure to turn them off immediately after.

One unlikely misfortune would be a power outage. It rarely happens, especially with modern technologies that provide energy backups. However, in extreme cases such as blizzards in which the power does wipe out, resist your temptation of opening the lid of the bathtub. Opening the lid will let heat escape very quickly, while keeping the insulated lid over will trap the heat inside for a much longer period of time to keep the tub in good conditions.

If you’re interested in purchasing a hot tub to enjoy on cold winter days, feel free to book an appointment with Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs today. Don’t let anything hold you back from enjoying fun times in the hot tub with your family and friends! You can reach us at 905-294-8030, or our toll free number 1-888-494-8030, or by email at Now it’s time to enjoy the winter like you’ve never enjoyed it before.

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