There's nothing quite like a soak in the hot tub on a chilly day. However, to make sure you stay safe and comfortable, there are a few things you need to know about temperature--including how cold is too cold for a soak, how warm the water should be, and more.
Hot Tub Temperatures
Your hot tub should be your oasis any time of the year. However, when the weather gets cool, and you're looking for a way to warm up, that hot water will start looking even more tempting.
To make sure you get the most out of your hot tub during the winter months, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Although you may want to crank up the temperature as soon as you feel a nip in the air, you should never let your hot tub get over 104°F. Even that may be too high for some people, so feel free to experiment with the heat and find what's comfortable for you and your fellow soakers.
On the other end of the spectrum, your hot tub water should never be cooler than 78.8°F. This is especially important during the winter, as soaking in water that is too cold can cause unsafe body temperatures.
There's no specific guidance on how cold is too cold when it comes to the outdoor temperature. That's up to you and your preferences--just remember to keep the water closer to 100°F and make sure to have warm clothes or a towel ready when you want to get out of the water.
The warmer you keep your hot tub water, the less likely you'll be to run into maintenance issues during the winter--even if you don't regularly use the hot tub. That's important if you frequently experience winter power outages because even if the heater is turned off, hotter water will have a lot of cooling down to do before it reaches freezing temperatures.
A soak in the hot tub is a great way to unwind and warm up during the chilliest months of the year--as long as you keep your water temperature within a safe range. That way, you and your hot tub have a great winter.
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