Many people think they need to winterize their hot tub and drain it for the season, but what about using a hot tub in the winter? In freezing Minnesota temperatures? It’s often better to keep your hot tub running during the colder months. You’ll also experience a whole slew of winter hot tub perks. Consider it your new winter oasis.
Hot tubs are a great way to escape the chill of winter, warm up quickly, and unwind after a long day. Your muscles will relax in the warm temperature, and the perfectly placed jets target those tense areas of the body for some great hydrotherapy. Even in the middle of freezing weather, you’ll be able to be outside, rather than huddling under a blanket in a futile attempt to stay warm.
Soaking in the hot tub is especially beneficial in the winter, when you may be battling a cold. The hot water will help you sweat out the toxins in your body. Similarly, soaking in a hot tub can benefit your muscles and joints. When they’re cold, you’re more likely to pull or strain a muscle. Soaking in the hot tub before a workout will warm up your body and prepare it for exercise. Similarly, hot tubs will relax muscles and relieve aches associated with playing sports and working long hours.
If you’re going to indulge in a winter hot tub soak, be sure you are staying safe. Make sure you limit your soak time to 20 minutes, as it will make your body temperature climb. Stay hydrated by drinking water and avoiding alcohol. Keep up on regular maintenance and cleaning so you can keep your hot tub bubbling all winter long. You’ll want to invest in a good hot tub cover that is well-insulated and has a tight-fitting seal. Monitor water levels and keep the water clean. You may want to change the water now, before it becomes too cold outside. When soaking in the winter, you’ll want to turn down the jets or use them less, as the jets blow air into the water and can lower water temperature. Make sure you keep a towel or robe nearby; when moving from extreme heat to extreme cold, stress can be placed on the body. You want to be sure that you shield yourself from the icy air immediately.
If your hot tub hasn’t been bubbling for a while, it’s time to get it fixed before the temperatures drop. Whether the water is as cold as the temperatures outside, the temperature won’t stay consistent, the jets won’t bubble, or some other issue is causing your hot tub not to work properly, the experts at Finken will get you up and running again.