The winter months are fast approaching, with them bringing the cold, snow, and harsh weather to many. Having a hot tub during these months is a perk for many spa owners. Why? During the cold weather many of us suffer from achy and stiff joints brought on by the drop in temperature. Not to mention winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and sledding can leave our muscles feeling sore and over used. What better way to treat these ailments then with a nice warm dip in your hot tub. Afterall, the weather may be close to freezing outside, but if your spa is taken care of correctly, meaning properly winterized, maintained and chemically balanced the warm swirling jets will make it easy to forget how cold it really is outside the tub! At least until you step out of it! However, although spa owners know that their hot tub needs to be maintained efficiently and effectively to promote a safe, clean, healthy environment for its users, another aspect to look at is maintaining energy efficiency, and making sure the water stays at the right temperature not only for the luxury of using it but to prevent potential forms of bacteria from growing or an overuse of chemicals that can be dangerous.
We spoke with Hot Tub Patrol, a Colorado based hot tub maintenance, repair, and removal company, that knows all too well the effects of the winter months on hot tubs. We gathered great expert advice as well as some helpful tips to making sure that your spa is properly winterized and in sufficient working order. Rick, the owner and founder of Hot Tub Patrol told me a common mistake a lot of spa owners believe is that you have to drain and cover your hot tub during the winter months. However, with more modern, energy efficient hot tubs on the market these days, that idea is a concept of the past! Instead, beginning in the fall it is best to start preparing for the winter months and getting everything “dialed” in!