The changing seasons, particularly the winter, is very hard on your hot tub and it’s equipment. Therefore, anything you can do to protect your hot tub for the winter could ultimately extend its life expectancy and cut down on repairs.
1. Perform a Complete Water Change
Before the weather changes, you should drain all the water from your hot tub then thoroughly clean it or have your pool company clean it for you. Changing the water in your hot tub before the weather gets too cold will make it much less difficult to do, and you won’t have to deal with the bitter cold temperatures while doing so. Additionally, if you do encounter any issues, it will be easier to address them during the fall versus having to endure the cold while having to fix a necessary repair.
2. Get a Good Cover
By investing in a good hot tub cover, you will reduce most of the temperature loss that occurs at the water’s surface. If you don’t, you will probably find yourself spending much more money on your utility bills than you budgeted for.
3. Thermal Blankets Can Also Be Useful
A floating thermal hot tub blanket is another option you can use for reducing your hot tub’s temperature loss and keeping your energy bills as low as possible. Thermal hot tub blankets come in different thicknesses and some people feel they are easier to use than a hot tub cover.
4. What If You Stop Using the Hot Tub?
If you are not going to use your hot tub in the winter, you could save some money by closing it for the season. This will prevent you from spending money on the heating and circulation costs, cleaning, etc. However, if you do decide to go this route, you should take the time to properly flush it, drain it, and allow it to dry before the temperatures get too cold if you want to avoid expensive repairs. Most hot tub damage occurs because of freeze damage caused by improper draining and winterizing. Any water that’s not circulating in the hot tub, plumbing, or equipment in the winter will freeze and could cause significant damage. The repairs for such damages would ultimately cost more than if you had just left your hot tub running.
There are a few extra measures that should also be taken if you are going to close your hot tub for the winter.
- Some hot tubs and spas have an air blower. If your hot tub does have an air blower, you will need to drain the water from that as well. All you do is turn off the heater to your hot tub then run the air blower for about 35 seconds and that will be enough to push all the water from the system and, in turn, will also dry it out.
- Always check for loose fittings because there could be some residual water in or around them. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for addressing this issue, or contact your pool company for assistance.
- Make sure there is no residual water in your jets. You can do this by using a wetvac to blow air through each one of the jets. This will ensure that no residual water remains in your hot tub’s system.
On another note, closing your hot tub for the winter might sound like a good option, but doing so would prevent you from using and enjoying it year round which technically defeats the purpose of having one in the first place. Especially when you are in desperate need of a nice hot soak to rejuvenate your weary body.
5. Clean the Filters
It’s always a good idea to perform preventive maintenance in and around your home, and that includes your hot tub. If you are closing your hot tub for the season, this is the perfect opportunity to remove and clean the filters to your hot tub. However, if the filters are starting to show some wear, then it is best to go ahead and replace them. If you are just cleaning them, you can pull them out, clean and dry them then store them somewhere secure and protected for the winter.
6. Activate Freeze Protection
During extreme cold, you should always run your hot tub in F3 “Standard” mode for the winter. This will cause the sensor to monitor the temperatures and will periodically run your pump when the temperature drops below a certain level. This will help keep everything from freezing and becoming damaged.