A lot of people associate hot tubs with the summer and warm weather, but hot tubs are great all year-round and can be used even in the colder temperatures. There’s something very special about relaxing in a warm, bubbling hot tub on a crisp night under the stars to wash away the stuffiness of being stuck indoors.

In fact, if you don’t already own one then now could be the perfect time to look for a hot tub for sale that you can enjoy over the coming season.

To help you out, here are our top tips to help you get the most out of your hot tub this winter.

  • Preparation is key

There are some practical measures that you will want to take to ensure your hot tub is in peak working condition and ready to use for all your blissful relaxing this winter.

  • Change the water before it gets too cold by doing a complete drain and a thorough clean before refilling.
  • Check that the cover is in good condition to help protect the hot tub and prevent heat from escaping.
  • Invest in a thermal floating blanket that can be placed on the water’s surface to stop the heat from rising and reduce heat loss and evaporation.
  • Make it magical

You want the area around your hot tub as relaxing yet as practical as possible for the cold weather so here are some things you could do to really make it special.

  • Invest in a shelter, gazebo, hot tub house or hot tub umbrella that will benefit you year-round keeping the harsh sun off you in the summer and protecting you from the rain in the winter.
  • Adding some well-placed lights can really give your hot tub area and outside space the wow factor. Fairy lights wrapped around posts and woodwork, solar lights in the ground or modern wall lights will be great additions and help you navigate your way in the dark.
  • Have some hooks or an area to put your towels, robes, and sandals handy and within reach for when it’s time to get out.
  • Using the hot tub
  • It is recommended that in the winter you should avoid using the air jets, as these can let in cold air which quickly brings the temperature of the water down.
  • Be mindful of how long you stay in the water, although it may be tempting to soak for hours on end, you should keep your time in the hot tub to around 30 minutes max.
  • Stay hydrated, even in the winter.
  • Maintenance
  • Keeping your hot tub running in the winter is the best way to prevent it from freezing over and avoid the pipework becoming damaged and needing repairs.
  • If your hot tub has the option of a ‘no freeze’, ‘winter’ or ‘freeze protection’ mode then make sure you switch it on when the temperatures start to drop.
  • Keep an eye on water levels to ensure that they do not drop too low as this can damage your hot tub.
  • Ensure that you remove any snow or ice from your hot tub cover as this can cause it to deteriorate.