It is no secret that winter in the UK is both harsh and unpredictable. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, hot tub owners face unique challenges in ensuring their spa remains functional and enjoyable during the colder months.
Though your hot tub is completely useable during the colder months, it is understandable that not everyone wishes to sit in their hot tub whilst the outside world hits temperatures within the single digits. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of weatherproofing your hot tub (if you do not plan to use it) during UK winters to protect your investment and extend your hot tub’s lifespan.
One of the most significant concerns during UK winters is the energy efficiency of your hot tub. Cold weather makes it more challenging to maintain the desired water temperature, causing your hot tub’s heating system to work harder and consume more energy. If you have no intention of using your hot tub within the winter months, then keeping it on for the sake of preventing freezing can not only be costly but also greatly increase your carbon footprint.
Protecting Your Investment
As with any investment, you understandably want them to be protected and taken care of as much as possible. UK winters bring rain, sleet, and frost, all of which take a toll on your hot tub’s exterior and components. Weatherproofing measures, such as wrapping the tub, will help preserve your hot tub’s condition and value while not in use.
Proper weatherproofing can significantly extend the lifespan of your hot tub. Freezing temperatures and moisture can lead to cracks, leaks, and damage to your hot tub’s shell and plumbing. By implementing protective measures, you can prevent costly repairs and replacements, ensuring your hot tub remains operational for years to come.
Prevents Freezing Pipes
Frozen water is a hot tub owner’s worst nightmare. When water freezes inside your hot tub’s plumbing and equipment, it can lead to significant damage. Simply turning your hot tub down or off, does not mean that it is prepared for months without use. In fact, it can cause more harm than good.
It Saves You A Job
Just because you aren’t regularly using your tub doesn’t mean that you can ignore your regular chemical and maintenance routines. Although these can be done less frequently, the need to carry out these processes remains just as vital as they are in the warmer months. By getting your tub serviced and decommissioned for the winter, you can rest easy knowing that you will not need to venture out in the rain and sleet to balance chemicals or wash filters.
Where Can I Find Out More About a Winter Service?
At Spafix, we offer the Spafix Hibernate service. This is our winter shut-down service that prepares your spa for the months it won’t be used. This service includes a deep clean and drain down, then locking the Spa down for winter. Ensuring your spa is decommissioned properly over the winter is essential to avoid freezing pipe conditions which can lead to cracking in the plumbing or even the Spa shell or components.
When you’re ready to use your tub once more, we also offer a Spafix Start service for a Spring re-commission.
How Can We Help?
If you don’t intend on using your hot tub during the winter months, weatherproofing is something that we would recommend. Not only does it offer convenience; but it’s also a wise investment in your hot tub’s protection, longevity and energy efficiency. For more information, or to book routine maintenance with our experienced team, please contact our office.