Believe it or not, a hot tub can be better in the summer than in the cooler months and can be a refreshing way to cool off. It may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of cooling down and most people tend to ignore their tubs during this time, but there are so many ways you can enjoy the therapeutic waters in the summer heat.
If you want to know how you can cool off in the heat, we’ve put together a list below of our top tips on using your tub during the summer months.
Drain and clean your hot tub
Before you prepare for hours of summer fun you should drain your tub and clean it. Hot tubs should be drained every few months to avoid any issues with the overall use. TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) levels can help you measure the purity of your water and determine if it needs draining. This measures everything that is dissolved into the tub, including chemicals, dirt, debris and anything else that isn’t water. If the TDS gets too high, you may have problems with balancing the PH levels, clouding water, smells or scale build-up.
To drain your hot tub, you should find the drain valve and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most hot tubs will have a drain valve which allows you to easily drain the water, if not, you can use a submersible pump. You can find out more about cleaning and draining your hot tub here.
Refilling your hot tub
When your hot tub has been refilled with water, you need to ensure that the pH level is in the range of 7.2 and 7.6 for chlorine and 7.0 & 7.4 for bromine and the water is at the correct temperature depending on the season.
Getting the chemicals right
If you’re going to be using your hot tub frequently during the summer, make sure to regularly check the chemical balance of the water with testing strips every few days to ensure they’re at a safe level. The pH level of the water should be in the range of 7.2 and 7.6 for chlorine and 7.0 & 7.4 for bromine, any higher or lower can cause issues for your tub and bathers. If alkaline and acid levels are not even, you can balance these out by adding in the appropriate chemicals such as Jacuzzi pH- or Jacuzzi pH+.
You can learn more about understanding pH levels in our balancing guide.
Getting the temperature right
The standard temperature for your hot tub in winter months should be 100°F/38°C. This would be ideal for the cool summer nights, but during the day you might want to turn it down no lower than 85°F/29°C to really get that cooling effect. We recommend experimenting with various temperatures between 85°F/29°C and 95°F/35°C to find your ideal summer hot tub temperature.
If you’re not going to be using your hot tub, make sure to cover it up. If left opened, the tub can absorb the suns heat and the heat from the concrete area around it, increasing the temperature of the water. Dirt and debris can also contaminate the water if left opened.
Maintaining your hot tub in summer
It’s important to take care of your hot tub in summer to avoid overheating and damage from the sun. Regular cleaning can help maintain your hot tub cover, as well as providing shade so your tub isn’t in direct sunlight.
How to protect the hot tub cover from sun
The cover is an important part of your hot tub as it helps protect them from the environment and helps make them energy efficient. However, over time, prolonged exposure to sunlight will cause the cover to deteriorate which affects the appearance and functionality.
Try protecting your hot tub from the sun by positioning it in the shade, which can be created by trees, parasols or even a gazebo. You can also take extra care of your cover with our Jacuzzi Cover Cleaner, a silicone based cleaner and conditioner that cleans, shines and protects acrylic, vinyl and rubber surfaces from UV and moisture.
Cover caps and protectors are also available and can help prolong the life of your hot tub cover.
Hot tub getting too hot
If you find that your hot tub is overheating in summer, don’t worry, there isn’t a problem with your tub. As the weather gets warmer, you may experience your hot tub rising a few degrees above the set temperature, but this is down to the electric motors as they generate heat. When the motors run, this heat is transferred into the hot tub water which raises the desired temperature slightly.
To prevent your hot tub overheating, you can do the following:
- Reduce filtering times – this can prevent your hot tub from rising above the set temperature, but don’t forget to change the settings back to normal when the weather gets cooler
- Schedule filtering times – either early morning or late at night, when temperatures are at their lowest
- Add shade – like mentioned previously, protect your hot tub by using a gazebo or parasol
Using your hot tub in summer
Your hot tub can be a great place to give yourself a refreshing boost on a hot day, but there are steps to take to ensure you don’t overheat as you bask in the sun.
Benefits of staying cool
There are ways you can keep yourself cool as well as the water you’re bathing in. You can use an ice-cold towel and place it on your forehead to avoid overheating while you’re in the tub, especially when the sun is at its highest during the day.
You should never get into the water straight after a vigorous workout. Allow your heart rate to return to normal and let your body cool down, a sudden change in temperature can cause light-headedness.
Make sure you stay hydrated with plenty of water, both during and after your soak. Sitting in the heat can be dehydrating so it’s important to keep your water levels up. It might be tempting to enjoy a glass of your favourite alcoholic beverage, especially if you’re having a get together with friends, but alcohol can dehydrate and overheat your body so try and keep this to a minimum.
Protecting your skin
Even if the temperature of your hot tub feels cool, water still attracts the sun. Make sure you protect your skin and cover your head with a hat. You could give yourself and others extra protection by adding shade to your hot tub set up with a gazebo or by simply using an umbrella or parasol. This can help cover up the tub too, so the water doesn’t absorb the heat as much.
Not staying in too long
Staying in your hot tub for too long could cause your body to overheat or lead to other health risks, especially if the temperature is set at the maximum of 104°F/40°C. Try and limit your time spent soaking to 15 to 30 minutes to avoid any potential heat-related health risks like heat stroke and exhaustion. If you want a longer soak, you should consider lowering the temperature of your hot tub to at least 93°F/34°C. If in doubt, or at any point you start to feel uncomfortable, you should get out of the tub straight away.
Considering a night-time dip
If the heat during the day is uncomfortable, why not opt for a night-time dip instead. The temperatures can drop significantly on an evening so it may be best to make the most of your hot tub at this time. You may want to consider adjusting the temperature of your tub if you do as the cooler temperature used during the day may be too low for the evening. If it’s a clear night sky, you may get lucky and be able to do a spot of star gazing!
There’s our list of top tips for using your hot tub in the summer, we told you it was possible! Using these tips will make your summer hot tub experience more enjoyable, as well as ensuring you stay safe in the heat.
If you’re reading this and you’re new to owning a hot tub, why not check out our hot tub beginners guide