Many would argue that the best time of year to enjoy the soothing toasty waters of your hot tub is autumn or winter…...AKA, when it’s freezing out and you’ll most appreciate the warmth it has to offer.
That is, so long as you have a cover to protect you and your loved ones from the elements!
It’s common that once things start getting a little brighter out there, most tubbers will pop that cover over their spa.
Retiring it for the season, they believe it’s unlikely they’re going to get any use out of it now that skies are no longer gray.
However, you might be wondering if it’s advised, acceptable, or even safe to boost those bubbles in the summer months.
Whilst it definitely possible, users will have a much different experience going for a dip when the sun is blazing above, so there are some considerations to bear in mind.
Staying safe and keeping cool are your priorities, which isn’t particularly easy as the name ‘hot tub’ suggests!
There are some workarounds and handy tips, though, to make your Summer Tubbin’ as enjoyable and pain-free as possible.
Things to Consider
What Time Of Day Is Best?
Typically, you’ll find that the hottest time of the day is between 12 pm and 2 pm, so early afternoon dips in your tub are ill-advised.
The heat from catching rays combined with the warmth of your water is a one way ticket to sunstroke, which isn’t relaxing at all!
We recommend saving your tub time for the morning or evening, as a soothing and relaxing start or end to your day.
Especially if it’s still warm out, and you’ve followed our later advice about modifying the water’s temperature.
It’s an easy way to cool off a little, although it might sound counterintuitive.
Of course, all of this information can be disregarded in the event of a summer rainstorm, which can bring an end to that long hot heat.
A perfect opportunity to hop in your hot tub is in the aftermath, or even during if you’re brave! Just make sure there’s no thunder or lightning forecast.
Temperature - In Lieu Of A Pool... Flip Your Tub From Hot To Cool!
When it’s ninety to a hundred degrees outside, the idea of sitting in warm water to relax seems ridiculous, because it is!
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a backyard pool, you can reduce the temperature of your hot tub to stand in as an alternative.
Does cutting the power until your tub water is cold sound like the easiest solution?Remember, it’s not exactly the same experience without the pump blasting those powerful jets to create bubbles, and it’s pretty unhygienic too.
Think about it. No matter how much treatment or chemical cleaner you add to the tub, without being able to circulate the water through every pipe, nozzle, and component?You’re just asking for oil, dead skin, and bacteria to build up.
Does Your Tub Have Cool Mode?
Have a look at your control panel:Are there modes to set that you’ve never considered using, like ‘economy’, ‘cool’, or ‘rest’, because you always opt for the most powerful soak possible?
By switching to an energy-saving setting, you’ll find the tub’s heater doesn’t run as hard and switches on less often.
This program might have a slightly different name than those suggested above, so try things out or consult your user’s manual for more information.
As a result, the temperature of your water will probably reduce by between five and fifteen degrees. You still get the joy of your jets and a perfectly clean tub, just way cooler. And it’ll reduce your electricity bill, too!
When it comes to heating things back up again, you won’t have to wait the whole day or overnight for the water to hit the desired temperatures if you don’t cut the power completely.
Higher-end hot tubs, whilst more expensive, might actually have a built-in cooling function specifically for use in the hotter months.
This means they’re able to modify the temperature of your water by increasing or decreasing to suit your needs.
With some reaching limits as brisk as 60 degrees, it’s possible to switch from hot to cool in just a few hours.
Of course, you don’t have to have it that cold, just a few degrees below air temperature should be enough to cool you down
Not only is this more convenient, but it’s also much more energy-efficient. You’ll find yourself saving money as well as time spent stressing about how hot it is to get anything done!
Are There Benefits To Hot Tubbing In Summer?
Besides the enjoyment of a relaxing dip in your tub at the start or end of a long hard day - which is a pretty big pro in itself - you can find other positives in swapping your winter warmer for a summer swim.
Reducing the temperature and hopping in can soothe swollen muscles after a workout or hard day’s labor.Once out and dry again, oxygenated blood returns to the area, aiding recovery. This is similar to a professional athlete taking an ice bath, just far more pleasant!
Struggling to get all of your kids in one place when they’re free from their school schedules and therefore more likely to be glued to their devices? Encourage them to throw on a swimsuit for a cool down, since the tub is a phone and tablet free zone for obvious reasons.
You’ll all be grateful for the opportunity to seek relief from those hot American summers we know and love. Plus, it’s an easy way to gather everyone in the same place for some quality family time, without arguments over who’s turn it is, or anything technology related!
Maximizing the use of your hot tub all year round also means you’re getting far more value for your money in terms of the initial purchase. The more you use it, the better an investment it was all around!