Some spa owners don’t use their spa pool very often in winter. If this sounds like you, you might be missing out on some of the benefits of a hot spa pool in winter.
There’s a reason most ski resorts and hotels have spas – soaking in hot water feels incredibly luxurious after spending the day in freezing conditions.
Not only is it comforting to soak in hot water after a cold day, but the heat can be beneficial for stiff, sore muscles and joints, which are more likely in colder weather. A hot spa can also be a fun way to entertain guests in winter – imagine a memorable mid-winter celebration featuring a fun dip in the spa.
Here’s how to make the most of your spa pool in winter:
Invest in a quality spa pool cover
A high quality, well-insulated spa pool cover with a tight-fitting seal helps your spa maintain a constant temperature, no matter the weather. This can help keep your heating bills down as well.
Watch your spa water
During winter, it’s particularly important to keep your water clean, and your water level high. Clean and maintain water on schedule, as small issues can be more difficult to fix in colder weather. Don’t let your water level get too low, as components can freeze and damage your spa.
If your spa is due for a water change, try to schedule it before the weather gets too cold. Changing your spa water during winter can be a challenge if you live in colder New Zealand regions, as there’s a risk of water freezing and causing damage.
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Lower the use of spa jets
Jets work by blowing air into the water, which can lower the temperature of your spa. Minimise this by using the jets less, and making sure to turn them off when you leave the spa.
Make your spa pool a sanctuary
An outdoor hot tub can seem unappealing during winter. Think about adding some accessories and decorations to make it more attractive. Heat lamps, a towel rack a weatherproof rug, lights or lanterns for night soaks – all these additions can make your spa area seem warmer and more comfortable, making you more likely to use it.
Just make sure that any electrical devices are designed for outdoor use and keep them well away from the spa itself.
It’s tempting to lounge in a hot spa for hours, particularly if the alternative is exposing bare skin to the icy air. But in winter, it’s a good idea to limit your spa time to 20-30 minutes maximum. Sudden changes in body temperature can be dangerous, and the longer you soak, the higher your body temperature can climb.
Stay hydrated in your spa
Heat can cause dehydration and dizziness, so it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated when you’re using the spa. In winter, you might want to stick to warm beverages like tea or hot chocolate rather than iced water. As usual, it’s best to avoid alcohol in the spa.
Before you enter the spa, think about your exit plan. Dashing from the spa to the house in wet togs isn’t just unpleasant, it can be downright dangerous in freezing weather. Make sure you have a fluffy towel, warm bathrobe and sturdy slippers next to the spa and get indoors as quickly as you can. See other Hot Spring spa accessories to make your spa soaking more pleasurable.
Want to know more about using your spa pool in winter? Get in touch with your local Hot Spring dealer to discuss best ways to maximise your spa water during cooler months in Aotearoa.