When summer approaches many hot tub owners opt to drain their hot tob, or worse, totally ignore it!  But what can you do when the air temp is hot but you don’t want to just let your hot tub sit?  Many people have asked about just lowering the temperature setting.  So we decided to do some digging for you and found this article to share to help you determine if this is a good solution for your hot tub.

One of the most common questions new hot tub owners ask almost always relate to the water temperatures of the hot tub. In many cases, hot tub owners want to know if they can increase the temperature of their hot tub to make it hotter than the maximum level of 104 degrees. In most cases, the answer is simply no, unless of course you own a very old hot tub that doesn’t have the safety features built into it like many modern hot tubs do.

Another question that many hot tub owners ask is how low they can turn their water. These owners either prefer to have their water a little cooler or they live in area that is already so hot they actually want to use their hot tub to cool off. While you most definitely can allow your water to cool and you don’t even have to heat it at all, the answer to how low your temperature can be is really more complicated than that. Today, we will try to answer that question for hot tub owners, so they know and understand how low they can run their hot tub.

Benefits and Drawbacks of a Low Hot Tub Temperature

Before we go any further, let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of having your hot tub set a lower temperature.  There are many reasons to keep your water in the lower temperature settings. Let’s take a quick look at some of the best benefits.

  1. It’s safer for children, elderly and pregnant women.
  2. It is more energy efficient.
  3. You can use your hot tub to cool off on hot days.

Just like everything else in this world, you have to take the good with the bad. While there are benefits to running your hot tub low, it does come with a few drawbacks as well.

  1. Water could freeze in colder climates.
  2. Relaxation effects of the hot tub is lower.
  3. Hot tub won’t be usable on cooler nights.

Cold Water Mode

If you live somewhere that is really hot, especially in the summer, then you may not want the added heat that comes with a hot tub. But that doesn’t mean you won’t get great use out of your hot tub. Simply turn the water down to 85 degrees or turn the heater off completely and allow the water to cool to the air temperature around it. Then you essentially have a small pool that you can relax in and enjoy on those hot summer days.

Cooler Temperatures

Cold water mode isn’t always a good idea if you live somewhere that gets very cold, especially in the winter time. If the temperatures drop very low where you live and your hot tub is outside, the freezing temperatures could cause the water inside your hot tub and your tub’s plumbing to freeze. This can damage your tub and the pipes inside it causing leaks and busted pipes when it begins to thaw. If you live in these areas, you will want to heat your hot tub and make sure that it can maintain a temperature that is warm enough to prevent the pipes from freezing. If you want to enjoy your tub during those cold months, you will also want to heat it much warmer so you are comfortable in the hot tub even on the coldest of nights.

A Word About Water Quality

Many hot tub owners assume that how they care for the water will depend on the water temperature and many assume that the warmer it is the easier it will be to care for the water. However, the opposite is actually true. Your hot tub water isn’t boiling hot, after all, so how you care for your water doesn’t change drastically between temperatures. In actuality, some of the chemicals that you add to your water actually perform better at cooler temperatures meaning that it will be easy to maintain proper water quality if you don’t heat your hot tub’s water.

While you can most definitely use your hot tub in what they call “cold water mode,” you must be careful that you don’t live somewhere where the water could freeze and you will need to pay careful attention to the water quality no matter what temperature you keep the water. Remember, while you can lower the temperature of your hot tub, depending on the weather where you live and whether or not your hot tub is located indoors or outdoors, it may not be a good idea. But if it is warm enough outside and you would like to cool off, feel free to turn down the temperature and transform your hot tub from a warm soothing bathing experience into yet another way you can beat the summer heat and cool off even on the hottest of days.

Happy Soaking!

This article was originally published on swimuniversity.com.  If you have any spa related concerns be sure to contact us today!

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