Hot Tub Care in the Winter

Your Guide to Winter Hot Tub Care

The beauty of owning a hot tub is the fact that you can use it all year round. That is, of course, if you take care of it properly during the cold winter months. And the winters here in Ontario have some cold winter months.

Some spa owners drain their tubs before the cold weather kicks in, but that means they’re not getting full use out of them. Many people actually prefer to soak in their outdoor hot tubs during the winters and it can be an exhilarating experience. However, if you plan on utilizing your tub all year long, there are a few things you should do to prepare the unit for winter use.

Some spa owners drain their tubs before the cold weather kicks in, but that means they’re not getting full use out of them. Many people actually prefer to soak in their outdoor hot tubs during the winters and it can be an exhilarating experience. However, if you plan on utilizing your tub all year long, there are a few things you should do to prepare the unit for winter use.

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To take proper care of your hot tub, you should become as familiar with it as possible. This means reading the manual and knowing what all of the diagnostic messages mean and what each control does. Many newer models have freeze protection systems these days and you’ll need to keep the temperature at a constant temperature when it’s not in use. You’ll also need to make sure the tub is covered throughout the winter to keep it as warm as possible.

Clean the hot tub
It’s a good idea to clean the tub before winter arrives, preferably in the fall when the weather isn’t as unbearable. You should flush the plumbing system to make sure there’s nothing blocking it and give the filters a good cleaning. If you have a dirty filter it’s possible that it can shut the hot tub down because there will be insufficient water flow to run the heater. If this is the case, the unit’s power pack will cut out to make sure it doesn’t overheat.

Cover it up
The type of cover you use for the hot tub will depend on the area you reside in and the local climate. A hard, insulated cover will protect the unit from the harsh weather and debris while keeping the water warmer and lowering the heating bills. If your area receives quite a bit of snow during the winters you should consider a cover that’s at least six inches thick for maximum strength and insulation. A five-inch cover is ideal for locations with moderate winters and a four-inch model is typically the right choice if you’re lucky enough to experience milder weather with little or no snow.

The best type of cover is one that’s custom sized for your hot tub and the money saved on heating costs will more or less cover the price of it in a short span of time. Hot tub covers don’t last forever though, so if you notice yours is becoming worn out you should consider replacing it before winter shows up in your back yard.

Clear the ice and snow
Be sure to remove any ice and snow that accumulates on the cover with something such as a soft-bristled brush or broom so it won’t cause any damage. Be sure you don’t clear the cover with anything hard such as a shovel or ice scraper as it can damage the vinyl.

Use a cover cap
The cover will protect your hot tub, but you can also protect the cover with a cap. This is basically a poly-woven cover which will help keep snow, ice, and debris off of the hot tub cover. It’s an ideal way of adding another level of protection.

Monitor the water level and temperature
It’s important to monitor the water level in the tub during the winter as it can be damaged if there isn’t enough in it. A low water level could stop the pumps from working and the water could freeze and damage the plumbing fixtures and other parts of the unit. Many spa owners keep a hose handy in the winter so they can fill the tub if needed. It’s also important to check the temperature of the water on a regular basis to make sure the heater is working properly.

 

There’s not really any need to shut down your hot tub for the winter as long as you take good care of it and prepare it properly for the nasty weather. Hottubsontario.com is proud to offer Coast Spas, the world’s finest hot tubs, and made for harsh Canadian winters.

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