How To Run A Hot Tub Economically

One of the overriding concerns expressed by many potential hot tub owners is the cost of operation. As the price of electricity is always seeming to go up, this can be a legitimate concern. However, running a hot tub won’t necessarily break the bank. There are several things you can do to reduce the operating costs. If you want to learn how to run a hot tub economically, check out this list of pointers.

Use A Hot Tub Cover

The best way to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on water heating is to invest in a tight-fitting, highly insulated hot tub cover. By replacing it whenever the hot tub isn’t being used you’ll bring down your operating costs. Most of the hot tub’s heat escapes from the water’s surface. And while there’s not much you can do about it when you’re using the hot tub, by judiciously replacing the cover after each use you’ll greatly increase the retention of heat. Using a hot tub cover will also reduce the amount of water evaporation that occurs. This will lead to more stable water chemistry and less need for adding chemicals to rebalance the water.

Add A Floating Thermal Blanket

While a hot tub cover is an effective way of retaining water heat, adding a floating thermal blanket to the use of a cover will reduce heat loss from the water’s surface even more. The thermal blanket will also increase the longevity of your hot tub cover by protecting it from humidity and evaporating water. That said, thermal blankets shouldn’t replace a hot tub cover entirely, especially in the coldest weather.

Reduce Your Soaking Temperature

While most hot tubs can reach a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s no rule stipulating that you have to run your hot tub at that temperature. Reducing the water temperature by even a single degree can have a major influence on the amount of energy you’re using. Some estimate that reducing your water temperature by one degree Celsius can save you up to 10% of your energy costs. It’s worth testing it out to see if you can even notice a temperature difference of one degree.

Invest In Insulation

Not all hot tubs have the same amount of insulation. Some have less insulation because they’re not built for cold weather use or the manufacturers are simply trying to cut costs as much as possible. If you live in an area that experiences cold weather and plan on using your hot tub all year round, make sure that your hot tub is properly insulated for winter use. Check for insulated plumbing, an insulated hot tub floor and an insulated cabinet that makes use of waste heat from the mechanical components. By preventing heat from escaping from the cabinet, it can be put to much better use and heat the water.

Clean And Replace Your Water Filters Regularly

Dirty water filters cause your water pump to work much harder than it needs to. By cleaning and replacing your water filters regularly, your water pump will use much less energy. It will also extend the lifespan of the water pump. You should spray your water filters down with a garden hose at least once a month – more if the hot tub is getting a lot of use. Every three or four months the filters should be soaked in a cleaning solution overnight to remove any buildup of oils and grease. Visually inspect the filters for damage and plan on replacing them every year or so.

Now that you have some ideas on how to run a hot tub economically, download a free buyer’s guide for more information.

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