The colder months make the joys of owning a hot tub or spa that much greater—nothing beats slipping into the hot water when the temperature is dropping outside. But while winter might make your spa more enjoyable, it also requires a little bit more maintenance. The colder your winter is, the more you need to pay attention.
Winter is Coming: Is Your Spa Ready?
- Sutro Blog
- 27 Apr, 2016
The colder months make the joys of owning a hot tub or spa that much greater—nothing beats slipping into the hot water when the temperature is dropping outside.
But while winter might make your spa more enjoyable, it also requires a little bit more maintenance. The colder your winter is, the more you need to pay attention.
That's not something you want to be dealing with in the winter.
If you don't plan on using your spa or hot tub during the winter, you can always drain it and make sure all of the pipes are cleared. You'll need to fill it again after the thaw, of course, including flushing the pipes to remove air pockets so your hot tub's jets work properly, and be sure to follow proper draining procedures—the chemically-treated water in your spa shouldn't simply be emptied onto the ground or into storm drains.
Of course, if you want to make the most of your spa, draining is the last thing you want to do during the winter, but don't worry—there's another solution!
With a good cover, the actual tub portion of your spa will rarely freeze even if the air temperature is below freezing; the insulation and the large volume of water serve to protect against that. Simply moving that warmer water through the pipes now and again will prevent freezing and bursting, and will keep your spa running hot all winter long.
Set your hot tub's heating element to activate when the thermostat drops, or use the "no freeze" setting on many spas that will automatically activate the heating and circulation system for a few minutes every hour to ensure freezing never occurs. You can also program many hot tub timers to turn on for ten to fifteen minutes every hour and accomplish the same thing. Check your hot tub's manual or speak to your pool and spa technician to learn how to best prevent freezing in the make and model of spa you own.
Be Smart About Your Spa This Winter
One of the easiest ways to ensure the safety of your spa this winter is to make it smarter. There are tools that allow you to monitor and even control your hot tub's temperature from anywhere in the world with just a few taps of your finger. Prevent freezing and stay ahead of other maintenance issues with a smart spa monitor, and spend your winter worry free!