We’re often asked Should I close my Hot Tub for the winter?
We think the wintertime with its cold temperatures is a GREAT time to be hot-tubbing. But we understand that if you’re going away or really not going to use it, you might want to save energy throughout the cold months.
We were recently asked a great question about hot-tubbing in the wintertime:
My hot tub won’t go below 80 degrees F, but I would like to save energy over the winter and run it cooler without shutting it off. Can it be reprogrammed?
The difference in cost in running your hot tub at 80 degrees vs. 100 degrees throughout the winter is pennies, if that. As long as you have the cover on your hot tub, the heat has no where to go and it maintains a nice warm, toasty temperature. The energy will not burn off from the hot tub.
We don’t suggest keeping your hot tub at a low temperature during the cold months for a few reasons:
- If the power goes out to your hot tub or home, your hot tub only has 50 degrees to get to freezing if it’s set at 80. At 100, it would take a lot longer to freeze
- What if you decide you want to use your spa in the winter? It will take more energy & use of your heater to get the tub from 80 to 100 in a few hours than if you just kept it at 100 and ready to use at a moments notice!
You could have your hot tub winterized. (Check out our post: To Winterize or NOT to Winterize) During the winterization process we drain the hot tub completely and suck all the water from the plumbing in your spa. But, in our opinion, the cost of the hot tub winterization negates the energy savings over the cold months because our hot tubs are so energy efficient.
We only really recommend winterization if you’re going to be away during the winter or are leaving your hot tub empty for more than just one season!
But then again, we’re really biased because we just LOVE Hot-tubbing in the wintertime!