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How much does it cost to run a hot tub in the winter?

Posted by Tom Smith

how much does it cost to run a hot tub in the winter

Many people often wonder about the cost of running a hot tub, and the truth is that, with a high-quality hot tub, it’s likely to cost less than you might think! In this blog, we’re answering the question, how much does it cost to run a hot tub in the winter?

Choosing a high-quality hot tub

When planning to purchase a luxury hot tub, you should conduct research into the running costs. This allows you to gain a better understanding of how much you can expect to pay. Additionally, you should ensure that the hot tub you plan to purchase has high-quality insulation.

Many hot tub insulation materials can be used. Our Master Spas™ hot tubs use the highest quality Icynene insulation, which expands inside the body of your hot tub. This expansion means that any cold spots are eliminated, helping to keep you and your water warm. A well-insulated hot tub really is the only option.

The cost to run a hot tub in winter will vary based on the hot tub you purchase. For example, larger hot tubs will take longer to heat, and the more jets, the more energy used. But that’s not to say you can’t still get an incredible hot tub with low running costs!

What time of year do you use your hot tub most?

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love using your hot tub all year round! Many people who buy hot tubs expect to use them most in the summer, but that’s not always the case. The winter months are a very popular time to use a hot tub. Think about it, what could be better than dipping into warm, bubbling water when it’s cold outside? Even the thought sounds like bliss!

Despite it being colder outside, you should ensure that you keep the hot tub water temperature at a safe level. This means not exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. During spells of cooler weather, it can be tempting to turn up the heat a few degrees, but this is not recommended for your safety.

That means that in summer, you may have the hot tub’s temperature set slightly lower. This means you may find yourself spending even less in the summer months. This can balance out the hot tub use and may be more cost-effective.

what to wear in hot tub in winter

How much does it cost to run a hot tub in the winter UK?

On each of our product pages, you’ll find information on hot tub running costs estimated by our hot tub electricity cost calculator, which accounts for the current energy tariffs. Each hot tub costs varying amounts due to different kW ratings that must be considered.

The cost of running a hot tub can depend on a range of factors, including:

Purchasing a poor-quality hot tub can lead to much higher energy costs. We always recommend researching and assessing each element before buying a new hot tub. Hot tubs are a great investment, so you’ll want to make the right decision.

How to save money when running your hot tub

You can check out our blog on energy-efficient hot tubs tips, but we thought we’d let you know a few here.

  • Purchase a good quality hot tub and heat pump – should I get a hot tub heat pump?
  • Ensure you have a good hot tub cover and check it over regularly for tears
  • Maintaining your hot tub at a steady temperature may be more beneficial than turning it off and back on when you want to use it
  • Keep your hot tub clean
  • Check your hot tub filters regularly to ensure they are in good working condition

If you follow the simple steps of hot tub care, you may find ways to lower hot tub running costs.

Winter water care

What is a heat pump?

Heat pumps work by taking heat from the air, compressing it and then transferring the heat into your hot tub. Heat pumps make a huge difference and are a fantastic way to reduce hot tub energy costs by up to 50%! Find out more about heat pumps on our website.

What to wear in a hot tub in winter

We’re sure you’ll be looking for ways to keep warm in the winter. The good news is that you’ll likely be fine to wear a regular bathing suit or swim trunks in your hot tub all year round. You should ensure that you have a towel nearby for when you get out of your hot tub. Some people also choose to have a dressing gown and slippers nearby to hop straight into.

If you’re planning ahead before buying your hot tub, you may also want to consider where it will go. Placing your hot tub close to a building can help to reduce the amount of wind and cold air reaching you inside the hot tub. It also means you won’t need to walk as far when you get out of your tub. This can help you to stay warm and reduce energy usage.

Are hot tubs worth it in winter?

After establishing how much your hot tub will cost you to run, you might wonder, are hot tubs worth it? The answer is yes! Hot tubs have so many amazing benefits, even a short dip inside can help you to feel more relaxed, benefitting your well-being and improving sleep!

If you want the best of both worlds, you might even consider purchasing a swim spa. Swim spas allow you to both exercise and relax in the same place. Check out our ultimate guide to swim spas for more information.

Swim spa guide winter

Some people decide to shut down their hot tub in winter, which means you must correctly empty the tub fully. Any water left inside the tub during the winter months could freeze with the cold weather. This causes frozen pipes and can badly damage your hot tub. There are only a few situations where it may make sense to empty your hot tub in winter.

We hope this article has been useful on how much does it cost to run a hot tub in the winter. Please feel free to contact our friendly team if you have any questions regarding hot tubs; we’re always happy to help.

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