You certainly can use your hot tub all winter in Colorado, or anywhere for that matter! There are some things to take into consideration when making this decision, though. At IHT, we want to ensure you get the most out of your hot tub all year, while also keeping you and your investment safe. These are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to leave your hot tub open all year, particularly in winter.
Turn the heat up
Since the air around you will be colder, you may want to consider turning up the heat in your hot tub just a little. This will help to keep your internal temperature regulated in the cold. You don’t want to turn it any higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. If your kids are getting in, you will want to be aware of not turning it up too hot for them. Find a good balance when the weather is warmer in the fall and then add a degree or two. This should keep everyone warm while soaking.
Keep robes, slippers, and towels handy
Since the air around you is very cold, you will want to be sure that getting back to a temperature-controlled environment is as warm as possible. Keeping things like robes, towels, and slippers handy near the hot tub will ensure that you do not have to run through any ice or snow less than dressed!
Have a cover and keep it clean
Having a hot tub cover to keep snow off will be imperative. You will also need to sweep off any snow before opening your hot tub cover. Keeping it clean and in good shape will also ensure you have fewer maintenance issues with your hot tub. If you need a new cover, IHT can help you select the best one for your needs. We also highly recommend the Covana covers so that you can open and close them with the turn of a key keeping you out of the cold. Plus, once your Covana cover is raised, it works like a covered gazebo, so now you can enjoy your hot tub even if it’s snowing out!
Leave the pumps and heater running
You will also need to leave the pumps and heater running. If you turn these things off, there is a high probability that your pipes will freeze and cause major damage to your hot tub. This could become very costly quickly. It is in your best interest to leave these things running. If you have a more sheltered area nearby to house your hot tub, this will help as well.
Continue with regular water care
Finally, if you are using your hot tub throughout the winter, you will want to continue maintaining the water chemistry all winter as well. This ensures that you stay healthy while soaking and that your equipment stays in good working order. IHT has all the water care chemicals you may need as well.
If you still have questions or concerns about using your hot tub this winter in Colorado, reach out to our experts at IHT. They will be able to give more specific information relevant to your circumstances. We also have all the water care items you may need.