10 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SPA IN WINTER
During the winter, follow these tips to protect your spa, keep yourself safe, and enhance your enjoyment:
- Invest in a Good Cover. Make sure your Spa is well-insulated and has a tight-fitting seal. A high-quality cover in good condition will help your spa maintain a constant high temperature, even when the weather is frightful.
- Monitor the Water Level. Check your water level frequently and add more as necessary. If the water level falls too low in cold weather, the components may freeze, which could damage your spa – depending on how cold your environment gets.
- Keep the Water Clean. Make sure you clean and maintain your water and filters according to your usual schedule. Simple problems can become more complicated to fix in the colder weather.
- Change Your Water Early. If your spa will be due for a scheduled water change during winter, it’s a good idea to shift it to earlier in the year. Changing water while the outside temperatures are low can be particularly challenging, as there’s a risk of water freezing and damaging your spa.
- Turn Down the Jets. Use the jets to a lesser extent than you would in other seasons, and don’t forget to turn them off when not in use. The jets work by blowing air into the water, which can lower the temperature.
- Be Smart About Soak Times. The longer you stay in your spa, the higher your body temperature climbs. While it may be tempting to linger in the comforting warmth of your spa when the outside air is cold, try to limit your soak time to about twenty minutes Moving from extreme heat to extreme cold can place dangerous stress on your body.
- Stay Hydrated. It’s always important to stay hydrated when you’re using your spa. During the winter, you may want to drink warm or room-temperature beverages while soaking to keep yourself hydrated while combating the cold. Since alcohol can increase the effects of dehydration, it’s best to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages in your spa.
- Have a Plan for Retreat. Cold weather can be dangerous, particularly when you’re wet and wearing a bathing suit. At the conclusion of your soak, when you must leave the protective warmth of your spa and face the icy winter air, make sure to immediately shield yourself from the cold. Keep a bathrobe and shoes or sturdy slippers nearby, and get indoors as quickly as possible after leaving your hot tub.
- Enhance Your Outdoor Sanctuary. Use accessories to add warmth and comfort to your outdoor spa environment in the winter. Consider adding heating lamps, or a towel warmer, or maybe simply a weatherproof rug to protect bare feet from the frozen ground. Just make sure all electrical devices are either battery-operated or are placed far enough away from your spa to avoid any possible risk of electrocution from contact with water.
- Soothe Aching Muscles. In the winter our posture often changes because we spend so much time slouching in sweaters and under blankets. If you’ve ever gotten a sore neck from standing outside in the cold or felt back pain from doing something as calming as watching TV on the couch, a soak in the spa can soothe those aching muscles. Many of us get sick in the winter but did you know that a soak in your spa can actually fight colds? The hot water can clear your sinuses and relax your chest and lungs. On the other hand, if you have a fever, do not go for a dip in your hot tub because it could lead to dizziness