These days if you have a hot tub in Ottawa, it’s probably getting a good amount of use. We’ve had one of the coldest winters in history and in my personal opinion, there’s no better time to use a hot tub in Ottawa than on those deathly cold winter nights. If you’ve got an active hot tub during the winter though, there are several things you need to know to have it operating safely and effectively. You can certainly check with a reputable swimming pool company that you bought your hot tub from or simply a business you trust. Here are some tips for proper hot tub care in the winter:
• Prevent freezing: the biggest danger to your hot tub in Ottawa during the winter is the possibility water freezing in your pipes. Most hot tubs have settings that will cause them to heat up a certain amount of time every day to prevent freezing. This is the best way to combat the danger of winter and the pervasive threat of water freezing in your pipes.
• Be mindful of your jets: using your jets during the winter uses a heck of a lot of energy since they’re sending cold air into your hot tub. If you’re comfortable with the spike in your hydro bill, just make sure the jets are in the off position when you’re not using your tub.
• Monitor the water level: if you’re not using your hot tub that regularly, make sure you keep an eye on the water level. If it gets too low, the pumps and heater could stop working and result in the water freezing.
• Cover it up: the colder it is outside, the longer it will take for your tub to heat up, right? That just makes sense. And if you’ve got a hot tub in Ottawa, it will get VERY cold. So you’re going to want to find ways to reduce your tub’s energy consumption and the best way to do that is proper insulation. A good floating thermal blanket will not only keep the heat in your tub, but it will also reduce the use of chemicals in your tub.
Normal maintenance and upkeep is necessary for any hot tub. But if you plan on using your hot tub during the frigid winter months, you need to take some extra precautions to ensure the health of your hot tub and keep your energy consumption from skyrocketing.