For many, the selection between a hot tub and a pool comes down to one deciding factor - the weather.
If you live where the snow doesn't fall and the sun shines year-round, this factor may not be as prominent. However, for most of us, having a pool means closing it down, letting it sit for a few months and then bringing it back to life once May flowers bloom.
Having a hot tub in cold weather is a great relaxation space for friends and family - year round. Getting outside during the chilly season can be difficult, so turning your backyard into a warm winter oasis may be the perfect solution.
Often, you have to take a couple steps to get to and from the hot tub and the house. Make sure you have a path shoveled and salted to avoid slipping. Grab a robe or a towel to block your skin from the cold wind as you travel. A pair of sandals or slippers also will keep your skin separated from the cold and the snow. If you have ever sat in an outdoor hot tub during the winter, you know the feeling of submerging into the warm water while your skin is still cold - it takes some time before your body adjusts. Minimize that adjustment period by staying warm on the walk.
2. KEEP IT COVERED
A properly insulated cover can reduce the energy requirements of your hot tub during the cold winter months. Remove excess snow from the top of the cover to keep the water underneath warmer.
3. A TOWEL WARMER
Similar to getting out of the shower and realizing you have forgotten a towel, getting out of a hot tub to a cold towel is not pleasant. A warm towel is not only comfortable, but more importantly keeps your body temperature from dropping. A towel warmer, placed right next to your hot tub, will heat your towels up for you while you relax. Alternatively, throw your towels in the dryer for a short while before you head out.
4. WEAR A HAT
Wet hair + cold temperatures = not enjoyable. Wearing a hat will keep your hair dry and hold in the heat that is lost through the top of your head.
5. CHOOSE THE RIGHT HOT TUB
If you live in a colder environment, we recommend adding a foam board insulation, which is an option for all Viking Spas. This will not only help sound proof your spa, but will also provided added insulation, keeping your oasis warm and relaxing.
At Viking Spas, we love to get outside, no matter the weather. The optional insulation is great for cold weather and can help bring the monthly cost of operation down as well. Find the perfect spa for your family to enjoy this winter season.
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