Hot Tubs in Winter: Energy-Efficient Ways to Protect Your Investment
The invigorating combination of warm water & cool crisp air can make wintertime one of the best hot tubbing seasons. Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy your investment year-round.
Maintain Water Temperature to Protect Tub from Freezing
Most modern hot tubs, once heated to 102 degrees, can safely be left covered & turned off for 3-4 days in temperatures as low as 23 degrees. The warm water acts as a heat reservoir, protecting the hot tub’s pipes from freezing.
However, it can be more efficient to actually leave the hot tub running (with the cover on). This uses less energy than reheating the reservoir after it has cooled. Simply cover your spa & program the water heater to maintain water temperature at 102 degrees. The energy cost is less than you might imagine – only about $5.00 per week.
Leaving for the Winter?
If you plan on being out of town for an extended period in freezing temps, take the precaution of having a spa service company professionally drain your spa. Simply draining the water from the hot tub is not enough, as water left in the pipes may cause them to expend when freezing temperatures are reached, resulting in damage. Protect your investment by seeking professional service.