Enjoying a Hot Tub During Michigan Winter

Michigan winters are no joke! With whipping winds, lake effect snow, and temperatures that never quite get high enough to stay comfortable… We’re all looking for ways to stay warm!

One of the best ways to stay toasty is a hot tub!

Not only is it a wonderful way to relax, it will also help with aching joints, sore muscles, and seasonal blues. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your hot tub this winter, we’ve compiled a few tips. Keep these things in mind to have a fun and safe winter, and to make sure you’re hot tub stays running in tip top shape!

Hot Tub Tips for Winters in Michigan

1. Exit Strategy

This one is first and foremost. Relaxing in your hot tub will be nice and warm, but once you get out, you’re at the mercy of the elements! Keep yourself (and your family) safe by planning ahead. Make sure you have footwear, towels, and some clothing – even a fluffy robe – close by. Take an extra step, and keep clothes and towels in a container to protect them from the snow!

When you’re done soaking, you’ll want get dressed and inside as quickly as possible, so make sure you have a clear path from the hot tub to your house!

2. Cover Up

To keep your hot tub at an optimal temperature, keep your electric bill low, and make sure everything stays in good shape, use your cover! Each time you’re done using your hot tube, make sure the cover is securely in place. Keep an eye out for damage, tears, or excessive waterlogging. A properly used, well maintained cover can make all the difference for your hot tub running well all winter long!

3. Watch Your Jets

The jets in a hot tub operate by pulling from outside air, and in the winter, that means the air is cold! The cooler air will lower the water temperature, making your hot tub work harder to stay warm. You can still use your jets, of course, just be mindful of how much you’re letting them run. You and your guests can stay cozy while enjoying all of your hot tub’s features throughout the winter, but giving the jets an occasional break will ensure your water doesn’t cool off too fast!

4. Clear it Off

To avoid unnecessary damage to your hot tub – especially the cover – clean off any snow and ice regularly. The added weight can make your cover sag, and expanding ice can do damage to just about anything – including your hot tub’s finer components! Winter weather isn’t likely to cause serious problems, but being diligent about keeping it clear will help ensure your spa’s longevity.

Use a broom to clear your cover to avoid doing any damage to the vinyl – a shovel or rake could tear it, compromising the insulation and exposing the interior to further damage or waterlogging.

5. Stock Up

If you plan on getting a lot of winter use out of your hot tub, make sure you stock up on chemicals and supplies! If you have enough to last the winter, you can be sure to enjoy your hot tub whenever the mood strikes, early in the morning, late at night, and especially when the weather is at its worst. No one will have to trek out into the snow, and your hot tub will be ready to go all winter long!

Using a hot tub during winter is a great way to entertain and enjoy the outdoors – while staying warm! These tips will help you make the most of your experience, and keep your spa in great shape year round. Michigan winters can be long and frigid, but the luxury of a hot tub will make those snowy days a whole lot cozier!

Thinking about a hot tub for your home? Emerald Leisure Source, right in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is your one-stop shop for brand new Sundance Spas, covers, chemicals, and everything you need to make your winter hot tubbing experience the best it can be. Stop in and talk with our expert staff today!