Can You Use a Hot Tub Without Heat?

  • By: Adam
  • Date: April 18, 2022

Ah, summertime. Amidst the stifling heat and longer days, we often find ourselves longing for a dip in the pool rather than a relaxing soak in the hot tub.

The thought of water even hotter than the humid air is enough to put anyone off, so we don’t blame you for packing away your hot tub as soon as the clocks turn ahead. 

However, we cannot help but think that this is such a waste of money and opportunity!

Think about it, you didn’t invest in the top of the range hot tub only for you to be able to use it for a couple of months out of the year right?

Don’t even get us started on the multiple hours it’s going to take to refill the entire tub again! 

So, we want to keep our hot tub usable all year round, but the thought of submerging ourselves in the 100-degree heat during the summer is enough to make our stomachs turn.

What do we do about this? Ah, that’s right – use your hot tub without heat! 

Below we’ll be looking into five ways how you can drop the temperature of your hot tub and create a refreshingly cool tub rather than a stifling hot one.

Using a Hot Tub Without Heat

Using a hot tub without heat isn’t as simple as filling the tub with cold water and jumping in, as the tub’s heaters will quickly rectify what they see as an issue.

And it’s often not as easy as keeping the hot tub off, either, as you won’t be able to enjoy the relaxing jets and bubbles. So, we’re going to need to get a little creative. 

There are five methods that we’ve found to use your hot tub without heat (should we just be calling it a tub now?) so don’t worry if one of the methods is unattainable for you.

We’re aiming to find a solution for everyone, so assess all of the options and opt for the best one for your situation!

Turn It Down!

Perhaps the easiest solution to cooling down a hot tub is to turn down the heat as far as it will go without turning the hot tub off.

Most hot tub users keep temperate at around 104-degrees Fahrenheit and don’t think too much of it, but most high-quality hot tubs can actually be turned down to 80-degrees Fahrenheit.

80-degrees is similar to room temperature and is often cooler than most summer days, so turning the heat down to as low as it can go can effectively turn the heaters off and leave you with a cooling experience.   

Go Nude

Woah – put that back on! We meant the hot tub… remove its cover, not yours!

Hot tub covers are often tight and efficient at keeping the heat in the water to prevent your energy bill from increasing by too much.

So, if you’re someone who leaves their hot tub running to preserve energy, you can remove the cover slightly to allow the heat to escape from somewhere. 

This will cool the water in your hot tub without exposing the water to critters and debris from the air.

The water will remain clean and cooler than you might be expecting from your hot tub, leaving you with a happy surprise as you step into it. 

Jet Happy

Circulating the water is your best friend in the summer, as keeping the water moving is a sure way of ensuring that all of the heat is being removed from the water and that you’re not being left with small heat pockets. 

Run the jets before getting in to ensure that all of the hot water has a chance to cool down.

Make sure that the cover is off before doing so, to ensure that the heat has somewhere to escape to. 

Another method of ensuring good circulation in your hot tub is to keep the filters clean.

Clogged up filters will prevent the water from being able to travel around so freely, so it’s advisable that you stick to a cleaning schedule throughout the summer. 

Technology’s Helping Hand

You’re not the only person to want a cooler hot tub to enjoy during summer, and luckily one company has listened to our prayers – the CoolZone hot tub cooling system is ideal for anyone who wants a summer-ready hot tub.

This machine sits outside of the hot tub and can lower the temperature to 60-degrees Fahrenheit, which is much cooler than any of the other methods above. 

So, technology is a great way to enjoy a cold tub experience.

Sure, you will have to pay more than any of our other methods of cooling the water, but sometimes this is more than worth it.

The CoolZone system also heats the water, so it’s very versatile depending on your mood. 

Ice It Up!

If you’re not sure that you want to invest in a cooling system just yet and want to try out the cold tub first, a more inexpensive option is to go to the grocery store, grab as many bags of ice as you can, and pour them all into your hot tub. 

Make sure the temperature is dropped as low as your hot tub will go and the cover is off to allow the ice to work its magic.

If the water is too hot, the ice will quickly melt and do nothing but leave you with a load of empty plastic bags. 

Final Say

The simple answer to the question ‘can you use a hot tub without heat’ is – yes, of course!

In fact, there are many ways that you can do so to enjoy your hot tub throughout the entire year, so don’t pack it up for storage just yet. 

For the most effective cold tub experience, make sure that you use all of our methods above.

Alternatively, you could opt for a cooling system that will do all of the work for you. No matter what you choose, be sure to enjoy your summer nights in a whole new way!