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Tips to Keep the Hot Tub Ready to Use – SpaCap

The hot tub is the ultimate relaxing tool in a modern home. You can have your home spa and you do not have to share it with other people. But the comfort also requires attention and responsibility. In the following lines you can read tips regarding how to keep your hot tub adequately clean, safe for your sanity, plus recommendations on how to avoid corrosion and other problems related to the functioning of your home spa.


  1. Check daily the quality of water, including Ph level, calcium hardness and alkalinity. The Ph level should be above 7.2 and below 7.8, the optimal level being 7.4. Use strips, 1 or 2 times a week to check water balance, this is just as important to check as any other chemicals you might add. If the levels do not correspond with those which are shown on the chart that came with the test strips, adjust them.


The Calcium level depends of the hardness of water of the area where you live. Soft water is low in Calcium, hard water contains higher amount of calcium than the normal level. If the Calcium level is below 100 -200mg/l, use Hot Tubs Hardness Plus, if it is above use Hot Tub No Scale to adjust it.

The alkalinity should vary between 125 -150mg/l. It also depends on the properties of the water used to fill the hot tub. If the alkalinity level is stable, the Ph level will also be stable. If it will deviate from the normal level, you should use Hot Tubs Ph minus (if it increases above) or Hot Tubs Ph plus (if it decreases below).

If the alkalinity and the Calcium level is higher than normal, the water will not be clear, and if those levels will be above the normal ones, it can result in corrosion which will damage the hot tub’s components.

  1. Check your algicide/bactericide levels. Here at we prefer that people use PristineBlue which is easy to use and maintain with the advantage of being safer for skin and hair, plus more environmentally friendly. If you choose to go the caustic chemical route, you will need to check the chlorine or bromine levels with either test strips or the more accurate test kit method. If you don’t check these levels, your hot tub can become a “deposit” of bacteria and algae. If the bromine level is not between 3 – 6mg/l, and the Chlorine between 3 – 5mg/l, you have to correct it with Bromine tabs or Chlorine granules. One more thing to note for those who use chlorine or bromine, these chemicals are not just hard on your skin they also will eventually wear down spa parts like impellers and jets.

In order to increase the hygiene levels of your hot tub try to oxidize it one a month. That will eliminate odors, cosmetic and body oil remaining. For oxidizing use Hot Tub Non Chlorine Shock.


For keeping clean the water, there is also the Aquafinesse, Aquagarde or BaquaSpa, which are patented solutions with many beneficial effects. They are environmentally friendly, easy to use, gentle to skin, prevent forming bacteria, but they tend to be a little more expensive than the other products.


  1. Check for foam! If you see foam on the surface of the water, apply Hot Tub no Foam. If the solution does not eliminate it, clean and refill your hot tub with fresh water.


Try to schedule and determine an order regarding what you have to check, because in this way you will not omit anything. Add chemicals separately, for example if you add Chlorine wait at least two hours to add another type of chemical, so you will avoid reactions between the substances and will increase their efficiency. Another recommendation regarding chemicals is that you should choose high quality ones, because, despite the convenient price, there is a chance that they will prove to be ineffective. You don’t want to jeopardize your health or peace of mind and perhaps the trouble free functioning of your hot tub for the sake of a few pennies.


  1. Clean the filter once a month with a proper filter cleaning solution. The dirt and detritus which accumulate in the filter can obstruct the flow of the water and therefore the normal functioning of the tub. The procedure is simple: remove it, spray it with a hose to eliminate the residues, place it in a bucket with filter cleaning solution. Then rinse it again with the hose to be sure you removed any dirt and chemical residues.


  1. Change the water periodically, taking into consideration the frequency of use of the hot tub. If you use it quite often you should change the water at least 4 times a year, if not, you can refill it twice a year. When you are changing the water, after draining it out, do not forget to clean the spa shell itself. Use a tub surface cleaner and wipe it clean with a slightly wet sponge. Rinse the shell well. Then you can fill up the spa with clean and fresh water.


  1. You can use fragrances, but only those ones which are designed for hot tubs, otherwise it will form foam on the surface of the water. As mentioned above, foam is not good for your home spa.


  1. To be eco friendly, keep the hot tub’s temperature low, at eco-mode, and raise the temperature 20-30 minutes before you want to soak. Do not exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Always check with a thermometer too, because the thermostat may not be as accurate and you do not want the water to be too hot for you or your guests safety.


  1. Always cover the tub when you’re not using it, and check to be sure the cover is properly secured on the hot tub, because in this way you can avoid wasting energy which is good for you as well as for your pocket. If you are using a traditional rigid foam cover to do this the dealer you bought it from may have recommended to clean and condition it once a month with vinyl protector, because in this way you will avoid to let UV rays to damage it. What they don’t tell you is that the vinyl on the outside of your cover is rated by HOURS outdoors. 1500hrs to be precise. Cleaning it and rubbing it with vinyl treatment is just wasting your time and money while prolonging the inevitable. Which is why all SpaCap Hot Tub Covers employ Sunbrella outdoor fabric which is rated by (wait for it) YEARS outdoors. In fact we have seen Sunbrella fabric still looking brand new after ten years outdoors. Nothing else comes close.  That said, if you do need to clean your cover for some reason, use the solution just on the top of the cover and pay attention to not let the solution to pour into the water of the spa. It is better to take it off and clean also the underside of it with a mild cleaning solution. Rinse well and air dry.


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When using the chemicals for cleaning, please read the instructions carefully (the ones on the label of the product) and use them according to the instructions, precisely measure them, never mix the solutions. This may sound like we are harping on this but for good reason. Believe it or not, some common cleaning solutions can be extremely dangerous when mixed with other common things. For instance, the reason you won’t see exposed aluminum on the bottom of a pool or spa cover (like a radiant reflector to bounce heat back into the water) is because if it were to come in contact with chlorine, it produces a poisonous gas. Always store your spa chemicals in a cool and dry place and more important, away and out from the reach and sight of children and pets! Keep chemicals away from the direct sunlight.


So you have to pay attention to many aspects regarding the cleaning and normal functioning of the hot tub, which in the beginning may seem endless, but after a little time passes it should become the part of your regular routine. It’s worth the effort! You can enjoy  your hot tub every day while it banishes away your stress and helps your muscles, joints, and your whole body to relax. It will also be a place where you can spend hours with your friends and family knowing it is always ready.

Tips and Tricks for Winter Hot Tubs – SpaCap

Hot tubbing in the winter is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter scenery and air while staying warm and comfortable. Some people avoid using their outdoor hot tub in winter, however, because of the energy that it takes to heat it up or to keep it on all the time. That shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your hot tub year round. The following are a few tips for getting the most out of your hot tub this winter.


  • Protect the pipes. If you live in a region that regularly experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, make sure that your hot tub pipes are well insulated. If water freezes in the pipes, the hot tub will not work and could be irreparably damaged. Wrap insulation around the pipes to keep the water inside from freezing and monitor the outdoor temperatures. Most of the newer hot tubs come well insulated but it is a good idea to check. If any of the insulation is damaged or wet, it should be replaced.


  • Keep it covered. One of the biggest reasons homeowners don’t use their hot tub in winter is because it is expensive to heat the water before every use. Similarly, a lot of energy is required to keep an unprotected hot tub hot all winter. Simply putting a cover on your hot tub, however, can help hold the heat in and greatly reduce the amount of energy needed to keep it warm all the time. A good cover should also protect the hot tub from debris and from rain that will swiftly cool down the water. Here at, we have been building outdoor hot tub covers for thirty years. Our covers not only insulate better but they also stay lightweight and easy to use.


  • Monitor the water level. If your hot tub’s water level drops too low, it will affect the pipes and potentially damage your hot tub. Water level being low is also an indication that there may be a leak. A leak any time is bad but a leak in winter can be catastrophic. If your water level is significantly lower than normal, check for leaks right away. If there are no leaks than it’s probably due to teenagers using the spa. For some reason they seem to splash out about thirty gallons per hour of usage.


  • Lower the temperature. You don’t need your hot tub at 106 degrees Fahrenheit to feel warm, especially when the air temperature is freezing. Keeping it lower will allow you to save energy needed to heat it, while at the same time helping you warm up and enjoy the hot tub. Another thing to remember as you lower the water temperature is that the water will not be circulating as often. This is especially critical under one of our SpaCap outdoor covers. Instead of running the spa on the thermostat, set it up to run on the timer. Again, on the newer spas, this can be done fairly easily on the control panel. You want the spa to circulate, two to three times per day, for two to three hours per cycle. The water will only be heated as needed but the water will be circulated enough to keep clear. Plus you’ll save money because the thermostat won’t be kicking the spa on thirty times a day just to run for a few minutes.


  • Accessorize and decorate. Put flowers or other decorations around your hot tub area to make it more than a blank corner with a tub. Install speakers so you can listen to music while you relax, and consider getting an inflatable pillow or another similar item to enable easier relaxation.


  • Block the weather. If your hot tub is exposed to the winter wind, it may help to set up a wind block, either temporarily or permanently, as you prefer. A nice privacy fence will do the trick and save you some extra dollars on your heating bill. Even though Another Heavy Hot Tub Coverthe spa cabinet may be insulated really well, some heat will always be escaping through the top. Keeping the wind from whipping over the spa when it’s really cold will help retain more heat and save you money.


For more information about enjoying your hot tub or to buy a hot tub cover this winter, contact SpaCap today.

Hot Tub Safety: Keeping Safe Around the Hot Tub – SpaCap

The hot tub is meant to be safe and relaxing, particularly during stressful seasons like the holidays. Unfortunately, hot tubs also come with unique safety issues owners should be aware of before opening the tub to guests. Fall and winter are particularly uncertain times for hot tub users because increased rain and colder weather may make the hot tub area slippery, icy, or at the least, unpleasantly cold. SpaCap has provided a few tips to make sure colder weather doesn’t mean you must close the hot tub altogether.

Stay Sanitary

Unsanitary hot tubs lead to rashes, ear infections, yeast infections, and other illnesses. Guests who have recently experienced colds or the flu can easily spread germs in the hot tub even if they’ve been well for several days. To avoid illness and infection, always keep hot tub sanitizer handy and check sanitizer levels frequently. Close the hot tub to check the water’s pH balance at least once a week. Keep spa cleaners and other chemicals out of direct sunlight and out of children’s reach, and never mix them before pouring them into the tub. Encourage guests to shower or bathe before entering and after exiting the hot tub.

Don’t Drink and Swim

Drinking in the hot tub can be as dangerous as drinking and driving. Hot water increases the effects of alcohol and various drugs or medications. If you are on potent meds, consult your doctor about whether a hot tub is safe. Never mix medication and alcohol, and do not drink while in the hot tub. A good alternative to alcohol is a chilled mocktail, juice, or soda – the cold drink will entice you to enjoy the hot water more.

No Babies on Board

Pregnant women should not use hot tubs because the extreme water temperatures and chemicals, as well as prolonged exposure, may harm the fetus. Infants should never be placed in a hot tub, as they could drown even with a parent nearby.

Slips, Slides, and More

Since the area around a hot tub is wet, people are likely to slip or trip no matter how careful you are. This is where a little attention to how the area around your spa is laid out can make a big difference when it comes to safety.

If possible, outfit your tub with railings or easy steps to help people get in and out more safely. I’m not a big fan of having a handrail that goes into the water but there are some really nice alternatives available. Some that mount onto the spa cabinet of a set of stairs next to it. Giving your self and your guests a good hand hold getting in and out of the spa can be really helpful.

Another place for a handrail would be on the way to and from the hot tub. If you live in an area that gets a lot of ice and snow I would even consider putting one up around the spa to make it easy to walk around the hot tub in any conditions.

Encourage guests to wear shoes until they enter the tub. If conditions are icy clear the snow and throw down some deicer to give your guests good footing to and from the spa. Naturally, you don’t want any of the deicer to end up in the spa so having a way for them to sit and take off their shoes before entering the spa is a must.

Also, tell guests with long hair to pull it back before entering the tub. Long hair can get caught in the drain or drain cover if adults duck underwater. Children should never be allowed to play underwater in the hot tub.

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Troubleshooting The Most Common Hot Tub Problems – SpaCap

While a spa or hot tub is designed for relaxation, there is nothing more stressful than having a problem or issue you don’t know how to solve. Thankfully, the majority of spa and hot tub problems can be easily fixed or alleviated. The following are a few of the most common hot tub issues and how to fix them:

1. Cloudy water. Hot water is by nature slightly cloudy, but if the water is cloudier than usual, you may have a dirty or broken filter. If the filter has a small clog, it may be easy to fix. Completely clogged or broken filters have to be replaced.

2. Not heating. Problems with heating are usually due to a faulty heater, which will usually require professional services to address. However, the problem could be due to a dirty filter, which can be cleaned easily.

3. Jets aren’t working. This could be due to a clog in the water pipes, but is most likely due to a pump problem. Another possibility could be that the jets were simply turned off without anyone’s knowledge. Twist the face of the jets and see if water begins flowing. A final possibility is an air block in the pump, which can be easily handled by loosening the fittings on the pipes. Incidentally, the hot tub will not heat if the pump is not working properly, so a heating problem could also be attributed to a broken pump.

4. Excessive foaming. This is probably due to soap or hair products that are unwittingly brought into the hot tub by users. Fortunately, the foaming is not dangerous and can easily be treated with a foam reducer. Add the reducer to the water on a regular basis or until the hot tub no longer foams.

5. Heavy Cover. This happens when the foam in the hot tub covers become saturated with moisture. It happens slowly so you may not notice it right away. What happens is the warm water in the hot tub creates steam and the steam gets up into the foam where it condenses back into water. The water once trapped in the foam will make the cover too heavy to get off and on the hot tub. The best solution is to replace the rigid, heavy foam filled cover with one that does not use foam. Visit and find out why we use air chambers instead of foam. Our Hot Tub Covers don’t get saturated so they stay light weight and easy to use.

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Hot Tub – SpaCap

Depending on your home and the intended use of your hot tub, you may desire an indoor or an outdoor hot tub. While the decision may initially seem as simple as your stylistic preference, there are actually a number of factors to consider. One may offer better scenery while the other offers more privacy and may be easier to keep warm. Below are a few of the other pros and cons to choosing either an indoor or outdoor hot tub:

  • Ventilation. Your hot tub is going to give off a lot of steam, especially if you enjoy keeping it at higher temperatures. If you have an indoor hot tub, you will have to install a powerful fan to protect your home’s interior from the steam and humidity. An outdoor hot tub will vent easily into the air, allowing the steam to be carried away on the wind.
  • Maintenance. An outdoor hot tub is typically going to have space around it on all sides, allowing for easy repair of mechanical or electrical issues. At the same time, outdoor spas are exposed to the elements, meaning they will require higher levels of maintenance to keep them clean. Indoor hot tubs may be less conducive to mechanical work, but will not require as much upkeep.
  • Privacy. While an outdoor hot tub will often be installed on a porch or in enclosed patio and fenced in yard, there is still a level of privacy that is lacking. Indoor spas are completely private, and hot users can enjoy music, food, or drink from the pleasure of their own home.
  • Expense. An indoor hot tub will likely be more expensive to install, but it will keep the water warmer during winter, allowing it to be heated in less time and with less energy. While an outdoor hot tub will be cheaper to install, but will probably result in higher costs to heat it throughout the year.

No matter which you choose, indoor or out, you’ll still need a quality hot tub cover. That’s where we come in. Building the World’s Best Hot Tub Covers is all we do. We would love to build one for you.

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Tips for Avoiding Hot Tub Rashes – SpaCap

Everyone loves spending time in the hot tub, but, as with most things in life, too much of a good thing can have unpleasant consequences. For those who use hot tubs frequently, one such consequence is a rash. Most rashes are minor and will clear up in a few days, but in the meantime they are annoying, itchy, and sometimes painful. Furthermore, minor rashes will become major irritants and can lead to dangerous consequences if not treated properly. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help you and visitors to your hot tub avoid rashes.

Check Disinfectant and pH Levels Daily

It’s important to check these levels twice daily to ensure your hot tub is as clean as possible. For example, check them in the morning at least an hour before you allow anyone into the hot tub. You can check them in the evening after you have closed off access so the levels can be adjusted for the next day, as well.

Also, ask your hot tub salesperson or a hot tub and pool expert about the best disinfectants for hot tubs. Since hot tub water is warmer than pool water, it breaks down chlorine and other common disinfectants more quickly, making the hot tub more vulnerable to bacteria and germs. If you want to use free chlorine keep the level at 2-4 ppm, or for bromine 4-6 ppm in your hot tub. But there are many better alternatives to these harsh chemicals. Here at we use and recommend PristineBlue which is a copper based disinfectant.

All hot tub pH levels should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Anything different should be fixed immediately.

Keep Yourself Clean

Always shower or bathe before entering the hot tub. Avoid scented soaps or those made with harsh chemicals, as these irritate the skin and provide breeding grounds for more rashes. Use a gentle, unscented, and all-natural soap, such as one made with goat’s milk. Also, make sure your swimsuits are always cleaned with non-irritating soaps and detergents.

Limit Your Tub Time

Swimsuits hold water directly against the body, which makes it easy for microorganisms to grow and cause irritation. Constant exposure to hot water may also dry your skin and cause irritation. Limit your time to thirty minutes or less per day.

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Spa – Hot Tub Facts – SpaCap

Homeowners often have a number of questions before buying a spa. What is the right  temperature for spa water? How long does it take to fill a hot tub? Should you keep your water hot or heat it up before every use? Here are some facts to these answer common questions:

• A well-maintained hot tub needs to be drained and filled every few months to protect the quality of the water.

• Always consult your user’s manual for directions on cleaning your hot tub.

• Only use hot tub cleaners for your spa.

• The filter should be rinsed every 2 weeks and replaced every year.

• To protect the cover and hot tub from sun damage and weathering,  purchase a cover that does not use vinyl. All spa cover vinyls are rated by HOURS outdoors. Hot Tub Covers from use Sunbrella Marine fabric which is rated by YEARS outdoors.

• There are products that will remove scratches from a hot tub shell.

• Evaluate warranties to ensure every component of your hot tub is included, without exclusions.

• The time it takes a hot tub to heat up varies, but on average the temperature will increase between 5 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. For this reason most spa owners keep the water at the target temperature since it is easier to maintain it than wait for it to reheat. There are heaters that will heat the spa water faster, typically gas that are employed on custom spas that cannot be covered. But these are not found in the average self contained spa.

• General maintenance on a hot tub should take a few minutes per week. This includes chemical checks and adding any deficient chemicals.

• A hot tub will cost anywhere from $30–50 per month on average to run continuously. The cost will always be impacted by the temperature of the area where the hot tub is placed, the ambient temperature, the insulation of the spa and the spa cover.

• It will take a hot tub an average of 1.5 to 2 hours to fill.

Health Considerations

• Always drink water if you plan to stay in the spa for an extended period of time.

• Hot tubs can cause skin to dry out, so apply moisturizer after prolonged use.

• People with pacemakers should avoid hot tubs because of the high temperatures.

• Catching a sexually transmitted infection from a hot tub is highly unlikely unless engaging in sexual activity.

Saltwater Hot Tubs: Pros vs. Cons – SpaCap

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There are two types of hot tubs you can get: saltwater and chlorinated. The health benefits of saltwater swimming pools and hot tubs have become popular in recent years. Combine the healing power of heat and the antibacterial properties of salt, and you have a winning combination. The following are a few of benefits and drawbacks of owning a saltwater hot tub.




  • More comfortable. Saltwater tubs still use chlorine to keep the water clean, but the amount is less than what’s used in typical chlorine or bromine tubs. Thus, the water is softer and more soothing, and there are fewer chemicals to cause itchiness in bathing suits or to hurt your eyes.


  • Better for you. In addition to being less damaging to your eyes, the smaller amount of chemicals will also be less harsh on your skin and hair, making your skin less likely to dry out and your hair less likely to turn green or have that straw-like consistency commonly associated with pools.


  • Save time. The generators in saltwater pools produce chlorine at a constant rate, meaning you don’t have to monitor the chlorine levels and add more chlorine to the water whenever it gets low.




  • More expensive. The initial installation price of the saltwater pool generator is expensive, and the saltwater will corrode any metal pieces, meaning they may need to be replaced more often. The salt chlorination cells will also need to be replaced about once every other year and can cost several hundred dollars.


  • Can be more work. Following all of the instructions needed to properly maintain a saltwater hot tub and checking the salt chlorination cells regularly can be difficult and stressful.


Whatever you decide, you’ll need a good cover to protect your investment. That’s where comes in. We have been building hot tub covers for more than thirty years.  For more information about hot tubs in general or about buying Hot Tub Covers to protect your spa, contact SpaCap today.

Saltwater Hot Tubs: The Basics – SpaCap

Saltwater hot tubs are becoming increasingly popular among spa owners. Like the ocean, saltwater spas are designed to regulate chlorine production without the need for chemical additives. If you’ve considered switching to saltwater, continue reading for a breakdown of the pros and cons.

The Saltwater Craze

The benefits of saltwater spas have been touted by many. The top reason hot tub owners make the transition is less dependence on chemical additives, but the following have also been reported:

  • Reduced odor. Because saltwater spas do not require chlorine tablets or bromine, there is less of a “chemical” odor associated with the water and spa itself.
  • Better water quality. Dry skin, irritation, and rashes are a few of the complaints shared by traditional spa owners, largely due to the use of chemicals. In contrast, saltwater spas help condition the skin and increase suppleness.
  • pH stability. In a traditional spa, careful attention must be paid to ensure pH remains at an optimal level. Unlike chlorine-dependent spas, saltwater hot tubs resist changes in pH.

Before Making the Switch

With so many benefits offered, saltwater spas are becoming more desirable among homeowners. Prior to making the switch, however, review these notes about saltwater spas:

  • Salt cells need to be replaced. Owning a saltwater hot tub comes with multiple responsibilities, including the need to replace salt cells every few years.
  • Corrosion is a concern. Some materials are not meant to be exposed to salt; thus, corrosion can be a problem if your saltwater spa is not well maintained.
  • Avoid low temperatures. Though not generally a problem for hot tubs, low temperatures can disrupt the salt cell and shut the system down. For spa owners in temperate climates, keeping the water above 60 degrees in the winter is essential.

Saltwater hot tubs provide owners with a healthy, relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors without traveling to the coast.

It really doesn’t matter what method you use to keep your hot tub water clean, you still have to have a cover to keep it warm. At, all we do is build the best hot tub covers in the world. When we started building covers, the standard in the industry was the traditional rigid foam filled cover. So that’s what we made.

What we found out very quickly was that no matter how you wrapped it, foam spa covers ALWAYS get saturated, heavy and or broken because the foam soaks up moisture.

So we set about building something better. It has gone through some improvements over the years but the lightweight hot tub covers we built lasted longer and insulated better than any foam filled cover ever could.

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Saving Energy and Hot Tubs – SpaCap

Hot tubs offer relaxation most of the year, but spa owners faced with large energy or repair bills are less likely to find the experience enjoyable. To prevent an increase in energy consumption and maximize use of your spa, put these four tips into practice.

Use Hot Tub Covers

When a hot tub’s water is exposed to open air, heat is lost at a consistent rate. As a result, more energy is consumed in an effort to keep water temperatures steady and comfortable for spa guests. To prevent ongoing heat loss, hot tubs should be kept covered when not in use. Adding a custom made spa cover from will prevent a significant rise in energy costs, particularly during the winter months.

Establish Wind Blockers

Combined with hot tub covers, wind blockers effectively reduce exposure to flowing air which might otherwise decrease a spa’s temperature. Depending on your spa’s placement, the following wind reducing options are available:

  • Landscaping. Planting bushes, flowers, and trees near a hot tub adds intrigue to the area while effectively reducing wind exposure. Remember to leave enough room to easily walk around your hot tub.
  • Fencing. The addition of fencing protects hot tubs from moving air while restricting access to a spa, which is ideal for owners with children or pets. Again, don’t put these so close to the spa that you cannot easily walk around it on all sides. If not, eventually removing and replacing hot tub covers will become too much a hassle and you’ll quit using your spa. Then one day while looking at your electric bill, it will dawn on you that you’re paying to heat spa water that you can’t remember the last time you were in. Eventually, you will decide to reclaim that part of the yard. You’ll give it away to someone willing to haul it off. As it leaves the yard you’ll say, “It works great, it only needs a new cover.”
  • Privacy panels. A less permanent alternative to fencing is the addition of privacy panels. Conveniently moved or rearranged, privacy panels offer wind protection comparable to fencing.


Insulate Insulate Insulate

Thermal blankets are beneficial for humans in the winter months, as they help keep heat in its place. In the same manner, thermal blankets may be used under a spa’s cover to keep the heat in. To be effective, the thermal blanket must float and be energy efficient. Most hot tubs come with great insulation inside the cabinet, but it never hurts to check. If the insulation is damaged or missing replace it.

Check Spa Settings & Pumping Cycles

An easy way to reduce energy consumption and save money is to adjust spa settings according to use. Unless your hot tub has a continuous circulation pump, check the owner’s manual to determine if pumping cycles or default settings can be adjusted. During winter months or while on vacation, adjusting the temperature, pumping cycles, or programming can reduce the amount of energy consumed.

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