Hot tubs are a welcome respite on a cold or rainy day. Relaxing in warm, bubbling water when you can actually see your breath is a great way to take your mind off the inclement weather and allow your stresses and aches to melt away. But what happens when the temperatures begin to rise during the summer months? Can you use your hot tub in the summer? When is it too hot to be taking a dip? We believe that you should use your hot tub all year round, no matter the weather. So, we’ve come up with an article that gives you some tips on how to enjoy your hot tub in the middle of summer.
Cool Your Jets
It’s no secret that swimming pool owners use their pool to cool off when the weather gets warm. Well, what’s stopping hot tub owners form doing the same? The fact that hot tub water is warmer than the ambient air temperature probably has a lot to do with it. However, it doesn’t take that much effort to lower the temperature of your hot tub to the point where it actually feels cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. If you can get the water below 30 degrees Celsius, you’ll find it feels cool regardless of the outdoor temperatures. Take off the cover, turn off your heater and run your jets. This aeration process will help cool the water faster. Even better if you can do this at night. You’ll have your own personal plunge pool to keep you cool all summer long.
Make the Most of Bad Weather
If you still prefer to keep your hot tub hot, you might consider using it on days when the sun isn’t shining, and thermometer isn’t blowing its top. As long as you’re not experiencing thunder and lightning there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your hot tub when it’s cloudy and/or raining. It can be quite the magical situation to be sitting in a tub of warm water while cold raindrops fall on your head. Don’t let supposed bad weather get you down – take advantage of it!
Dawn and Dusk
Another way to get more use out of the warm waters of your hot tub during the summer months is to take advantage of the times of day when it’s the coolest. Save your soaking time for late evenings or early mornings. Some people swear that a soak in the hot tub before bed is the best way to prepare yourself for a great sleep. Others find that spending a few moments of peace in warm soothing water as the sun comes up is the best way to start the day. If you want to make the most of the cooler parts of the day, stay up late and get up early!
Quite often what makes a hot tub so unbearable in the middle of a summer day is that you’re completely exposed to the sun’s warming rays while also being heated by the water you’re sitting in. If you can create some sort of shelter that protects you from direct sunlight, you’ll be less likely to overheat. Setting up some fencing or a large umbrella may offer enough shade to make a summer’s day hot tub soak a pleasant experience.
To find out more about how to enjoy your hot tub, download a hot tub buyer’s guide.