With the last few snowfalls, winter is in full swing in Michigan for the season. Not only has the winter weather come, but we still have many months to go. Finding ways to keep warm seems to be a constant struggle during the winter months. If you use a hot tub to enjoy the outdoors while staying warm, first - we envy you, and second - you have some work ahead of you.
Keep reading to learn more about our winter hot tub maintenance tips to keep your warm water flowing no matter if it is snowing.
1. Get a Quality Insulation Cover
A great way to stay safe is to stop bad things from getting into your hot tub. A quality insulation cover will help to keep the elements, snow, and ice on the outside of your hot tub. A cover also lends to keeping the temperature of your water higher. Make sure to brush off snow and clear ice from on top of your cover periodically. For extra protection, add a thermal blanket as an extra layer on the surface of the water.
2. Keep the Water Temperature Consistent
Keeping the temperature in your hot tub or in your home consistent is much more efficient than letting it drop then raising it again. Not only is it inefficient, raising the temperature is also time-consuming. You may wonder what the best temp is for a hot tub. Try to keep your hot tub’s temperature between 96 and 104 degrees during the winter.
3. Keep Your Filters and Water Clean
Cleanliness seems obvious, but it is an important part of winter maintenance. During the summer, it is easier to see some problems. Leaves and twigs often fall into the hot tub during the warmer months. In wintertime, set a consistent schedule to clean the filters and the water of your hot tub. Problems that crop up during the winter can become worse with dirty filters.
4. Maintenance Means Being Proactive
Keeping your hot tub open during the winter is possible and a great way to enjoy the outside while staying comfortable. Try to do a complete water change over now if you didn’t do one at the end of last season. While it is empty, scrub out the bottom and sides of your hot tub. Then every month or so, go for a partial water change up to keep your hot tub’s water fresh.
Getting Help with Your Hot Tub’s Plumbing this Winter
Taking the steps above can help you protect your hot tub and your family’s health when using it. Keeping your plumbing working efficiently and safely for the winter is important to protecting your home from bursting or freezing pipes. The professional plumbers at Heaney Plumbing & Heating are here to help inspect, maintain, or repair your hot tub or other parts of your home’s plumbing system. Give us a call today to schedule service.