One of the reasons why hot tubs are so great is that they can be used all year round! For many people, winter is their favourite time to enjoy the hot tub, but it can be tricky to know what to follow when using a spa in winter. In this blog, we’re looking into what to wear in a hot tub in winter.
Can you use a hot tub in winter?
Hot tubs can be used all year round, so, of course, you can enjoy your spa in winter. There are some steps that you should take to ensure that you are using it safely. We’ll let you know more about these later in the blog.
Some people tend to enjoy their hot tub more in one season of the year, and winter is a popular choice. Just picture yourself relaxing inside a warm spa while the frost settles around you. Hot tubs can be a great way to stay warm in the colder weather.
There are many benefits of using a hot tub in winter, including the following.
- Improved sleep
- Reduced sore muscles and aches
- More opportunities for social interaction
- Increased relaxation
- Improved mental well-being
The benefits of owning your own spa are endless! You could even choose to invest in your own swim spa for even more room. Many swim spas offer a place to relax as well as a place to exercise, so you can have the best of both worlds!
What to wear in a hot tub in winter
When relaxing in your spa, you’ll usually find that you don’t get cold due to the water temperature. In winter, it can be tempting to increase the temperature of the water by a few degrees. This shouldn’t be a problem but do make sure that the temperature does not exceed 40 degrees Celsius, as this could lead to overheating.
With this in mind, you may find that it’s fine to continue wearing a typical swimsuit when using your spa in the winter. Here are some top tips.
Ensure that the swimsuit is comfortable
You’re using your hot tub to relax, so the last thing you want is an uncomfortable bathing suit getting in the way. Make sure that your suit fits and adds to your comfort.
Ensure that the swimsuit is clean
It should come as no surprise how important it is to ensure that you and your swimming suit are clean before entering the spa. This means that both should be free of oils, lotions and makeup. A quick shower before entering can help to reduce the risk of these getting into your spa.
Excess oils and lotions can lead to grime building up around your hot tub shell and dirty water, which is not what you want.
Purchase a separate swimsuit for your spa
Many people find it easier to maintain their spa’s cleanliness when they purchase a separate swimsuit just for the spa. This can reduce the risk of excess chlorine and soap entering the water.
Soaps and other items can lead to your spa water becoming foamy. For small amounts of foam, you may be able to use a solution. However, for large amounts of foam, it’s likely that you’ll need to complete a full water change.
How often should I clean my spa in winter?
Many hot tub owners often assume they need to clean their spas much more regularly than they actually do. You really only need to do a deep hot tub clean four times a year. This means emptying the spa and wiping everywhere down. It’s useful to do these deep cleans in line with the seasons. Check out our beginner’s guide to hot tub care.
In between these deep cleans, it’s important to keep up with the regular maintenance of the spa. This means wiping down the hot tub shell, wiping any grime from the water line and checking and cleaning the filter. You should also complete regular testing to ensure that the water chemistry is correct. You can use these testing strips.
Another way to reduce cleaning time and maintain the water temperature is to use a high-quality hot tub cover when you aren’t using the spa. You should ensure that you check the insulated cover regularly for any rips or cuts, as these can greatly affect the efficiency of the cover. Spa covers can be great for making a hot tub more energy-efficient, especially in cold weather. Find out more about hot tub running costs.
How to use a hot tub in winter safely
Using a hot tub in winter generally has the same safety tips as the other months. It’s important that you follow these to get the maximum benefits from your hot tub. These will help to keep you and your guests safe in the cold weather.
- Do not exceed a water temperature of 40 degrees Celsius
- Wear a clean hot tub swimsuit – bathing suits should be free from oils
- Ensure that you stay hydrated when using the spa – drink plenty of water
- Make sure a responsible adult accompanies all children – spas are not suitable for young children.
- Take regular breaks during hot tub use
- Monitor your body temperature when entering warm water and exiting to cold air
- Keep an eye on the water levels in the hot tub
Ensure that everyone can use the hot tub safely. Hot tubs are not suitable for pregnant women and people who suffer from some health conditions. Some people may need to speak to their doctor before entering and using a spa.
Winter hot tub tips – going to and from the hot tub
It’s no surprise that it’s getting colder, so you might want to think about what to wear when travelling to and from your hot tub.
We’d recommend having warm towels nearby that you can quickly use to dry off and stay a bit warmer after using the spa. A robe can also come in handy both before and after you use the spa. You may find it helpful to bring slip-on shoes or slippers with you so that you can get inside more easily. Some hot tub owners also keep a warm hat nearby to protect their heads and ears from the cool air.
Make sure that you are careful when walking around the hot tub, as the ground may be wet. Ensure that all guests move safely and do not run around the spa. Take extra care if the ground is freezing or there has been snow or rain.
You may want to have hot drinks at the ready when people step back into the winter weather and head into the house.
Find your perfect hot tub
We hope this blog has been helpful regarding what to wear in a hot tub in winter. The winter months are a great time to enjoy your spa, but make sure that you and your guests use it safely.
Are you ready to find your perfect hot tub? Take a look at the wide range of options we have available. You can also find everything you need, from water care to accessories, in our online shop. Contact us to start your hot tub journey.