How to Protect Your Hot Tub from the Winter
Although we have had some very warm autumn temperatures this year, inevitably winter is just around the corner. With cooler temperatures on the horizon, it is very important for hot tub owners to know how to protect their hot tub from winter weather. Below, we will explain what you need to know to be prepared to keep your hot tub safe from cold, ice, wind and snow to ensure it does not become damaged.
For many people, cooler months are when they enjoy using their hot tub the most. Even if you use your hot tub year round, there are still some important steps to take before the cold weather arrives to ensure that it is winterized and protected.
#1 – Cleaning
Before the air becomes too cold, completely drain and thoroughly clean the inside of your hot tub, acrylic shell, and liner. Remove the filters, soak in a specialized solution and allow to completely dry before replacing.
#2 – Treat the Water
The next step is refilling the hot tub to the recommended water level. Add the proper chemicals (chlorine and bromine) to balance the water. Test the pH level and alkalinity to ensure both are at the correct level. You want to take all the necessary steps to ensure that your water remains healthy and clean throughout the winter months.
#3 – Protect from Wind
It is important to ensure that your hot tub is protected from extreme temperatures as well as high winds. Investing in a lockable, heavy-duty cover will protect against debris entering the unit or damage from strong gusts. A flimsy cover can easily be knocked off and broken if it is not secured and designed to sustain stormy weather.
Wind aside, always use your hot tub cover to trap and reuse heat when not in use. This will also help keep your energy costs lower and ensure that your utility bill does not see a significant increase throughout the winter months. Only remove the cover when in use and replace immediately once finished.
#4 – Protect from Freezing
Some hot tub models include a freeze protection feature which can be turned on during the winter. This feature detects the temperature surrounding the hot tub and will run the pump as needed to ensure that freezing does not occur. For models which do not include this feature, antifreeze (that is made specifically for hot tubs) can be used on components such as the filter housing, blower, jet channels and the pump. Always make sure to confirm with your local hot tub dealer that you have the appropriate anti-freeze product and never use one that is intended for automobiles.
If you will not be using your hot tub in the winter, proper care and storage measures need to be taken. Completely drain the water and use a shop vac to ensure that all the water has been removed from the water jets, fittings, controls and corners. If your hot tub has an air blower, inspect to make sure the water has been completely drained. When even a small amount of water is left in a hot tub over the winter, it can freeze which may cause cracking or structural damage.
After you have drained the hot tub, place the cover on securely (use a strap to secure if you do not have a locking cover) to keep out snow, rain, and debris.
Now that you know what steps you need to take to ensure that your hot tub is prepared for winter, learn more about how to find the best hot tub for your needs and lifestyle by downloading a hot tub buyer’s guide.