Tips for Owning a Hot Tub
Hot tubs can be a great way to warm up, wind down and yes, even cool off! It may seem strange to want to go outside in a swimsuit when it’s cool so you can get in a hot tub, but once you’re in, you warm up FAST! It’s as refreshing as a cool pool on a hot summer day. Speaking of summer, a hot tub is a great way to cool off on those warm summer nights. The water may be hot, but when you get out, you are immediately cooled off by the air around you—more than you would be if you never got in. You can also turn the water temperature down in your hot tub to help cool it off. You may want to take the cover off a few hours before you want to get in on a hot night to help with that process. Are you are thinking about taking the plunge? If so, here are some hot tips for owning a hot tub.
If you start with clean water in your hot tub, it will be easier to keep the pH balanced. To make sure you’re starting with a clean fill, put a hose filter on your water hose.
…and Keep It Clean
Every few months, drain your hot tub and clean the sides and seats, especially if a lot of people use your hot tub.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your hot tub is to protect the cover. Buy a high-quality cover and keep it clean and protected.
Time for the ‘Zymes
Enzymes, that is. They aren’t just for food—they can also break down harmful fatty lipids left behind by oils, lotions cosmetics and more that people might leave behind in your hot tub. Gross.
Tennis balls aren’t just for tennis and dogs—they can absorb oils, lotions and other such grime to make your filter’s job easier. Just toss them in when everyone is out.
The Right Chemistry
Just like a pool, you need to test your hot tub’s water frequently to make sure the pH levels, the alkaline and sanitizing solution are at the correct levels.
- Although it may be tempting to turn the water temperature down in the summer, it actually costs less to keep the temperature consistent. Use economy mode (if your hot tub has it) when you will be out of town.
- When you’re not using your hot tub, it’s a good idea to have it in an auto-circulate mode so water circulates regularly, even if you aren’t using it. This does not mean the jets are on full blast, however.
- Keep extra swimsuits on hand in case you have unexpected guests who would like to relax in your hot tub.
- Put a lock on all sides of your cover so nobody can get in your hot tub when you aren’t home or when you’re asleep. This also keeps small children from getting in the hot tub without an adult knowing. This is especially important if you don’t have a fenced in yard. Which leads us to…
- …get a fence for your yard as an extra measure of safety and privacy.
A hot tub can be a great addition to your back yard. We hope you use these tips to keep your hot tub in good shape and enjoy it for many years to come.