Hot tubs are stereotypically considered to be a luxury item and in the past, you would rarely see them in people’s back garden. However, there is no denying that they are becoming much more readily available and people up and down the UK are now choosing to treat themselves and their families to this luxurious item.
During the winter months especially, people are incredibly grateful that they decided to invest in a hot tub. Jumping into your own personal garden tub when the weather outside is freezing has never sounded more appealing. However, maintaining the desired high temperature in the cold winter months can be quite expensive.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to keep your running costs down and, Hydropool Surrey has put together a list of things you can do to keep your hot tub electricity costs low over winter.
Use a quality hot tub cover
Although from the outside the majority of hot tub covers will look the same, the truth is they can actually be made quite differently. Whilst it may be tempting to choose a cheaper hot tub cover ultimately, it is worth spending a little bit more on this.
Poor quality covers let out more heat, which can mean that you’re spending money heating the air rather than just the water. So, picking a quality cover with features such as inner insulation is an easy way to immediately cut hot tub costs in the winter months.
Turn off hot tub extras
There are so many different functions that your luxury hot tub will have, from LED lights to high power air jets, all of which will use extra electricity to power. Of course, all of these features are part of your hot tub experience, but be smart about it when you turn them on.
Really, you don’t need to leave any of these extras on when you aren’t in the hot tub. Try to ensure that you always turn off any additional features when your hot tub is not in use, this is key in keeping energy costs down and can make a huge difference.
Be smart about the temperature
All good hot tubs will enable you to raise the water temperature to 40°C. This is often considered to be the perfect temperature over winter months and is brilliant when you’re relaxing in your tub.
However, maintaining this high temperature will use a lot of energy. Then what is the minimum temperature for a hot tub in winter?
Right choice here is to be smart about when you turn the temperature up. When you know you won’t be using the tub, simply turn it down a few degrees to save yourself some money, you can easily turn it back up again when required.
Install a windbreak
Where you position your hot tub in your garden can make a big difference to how protected you are from the wind. If you don’t have any protection then the cold wind will be quickly cooling down your tub causing the heater to work much harder.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to move your hot tub, just consider installing some form of windbreak around it. This can be made from fencing, shrubs, trees or anything else that works well with your garden design. Not only will it give you more privacy but it will reduce heat loss too.
Changing the water
Most hot tubs require the water to be changed a minimum of 4 times per year, meaning that you will need to change the water at least twice during the colder months of the year. However as all the water in the Hydropool Self Cleaning Hot Tubs is cleaned every 15 minutes, you only need to change the water twice a year.
This will bring a significant saving as you only have to bring the water up to temperature twice per year, as opposed to four times. Getting the water too temperature is much more expensive than keeping it at temperature, so this will bring considerable savings and is much better for the environment.
Purchasing a cost-effective hot tub in winter
Thankfully, there are some ways that you can keep your hot tub running costs down this winter. Using some of the ideas mentioned above you should see a difference in the amount your hot tub is costing you.
Of course, the type of hot tub that you purchase can make a big difference too. For example, Hydropool Surrey’s premium self-cleaning hot tubs are insulated to the highest standard using exclusive Hydrowise Thermal Shield Technology. This makes a Hydropool hot tub one of the most eco-friendly and cost-effective tubs on the market.
If you would like to speak to a member of the Hydropool Surrey team about our range of hot tubs for sale, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide you with further information including Hydropool hot tub prices. To purchase a new hot tub or a swim spa that is cost-effective even in winter months, you know who to turn to.