It’s officially winter now, and I can tell because our call center has begun fielding calls from new spa owners, with anxious questions about hot tub winterization or could they keep the spa open all winter? Or, can they safely drain the spa during winter?
We’ve talked about winter hot tub tips before, or how to get the most out of your spa during the winter months. Today I want to show you several cool winter hot tub products, or accessories that help protect your spa, and make winter hot tub use safer and more enjoyable.
Well, of course you need a spa cover during winter. Without a tight fitting spa cover in good condition, your hot tub may have trouble staying hot. Spa tops that are waterlogged can lose half of their insulating properties, and a bad fitting spa top that doesn’t fit well, or is not strapped down tightly will lose heat. Replace cover clips that are broken or use high wind straps to pull the cover down tightly over the spa, and prevent heat loss. If you see steam escaping around the edges, or on the fold seam, just imagine it as dollar bills with wings.
It’s a cover for your cover! Spa covers take a beating during winter, from sun snow and ice. The spa cover cap fits over top of your spa cover like a fitted sheet to protect it from moisture and UV rays. Available in 7’x7′ and 8’x8′ square sizes, to fit most hot tub shapes and sizes. Can improve heat retention performance on covers that are losing heat, and helps extend the life of any spa cover. The CoverCap spa cover cap is made from strong woven PE, using a silver reflective surface to melt snow faster, which also deters most birds, squirrels and bears, oh my!
For spas and hot tubs in cold northern climates, a floating spa blanket can increase heat retention by up to 50%. Without a spa blanket floating on the surface of the water, heat rises to fill the air space between the water and your spa cover. Floating spa blankets are available in 3 types, the durable Radiant Spa Blanket with an aluminum underside, the Floating Foam Blanket made of closed cell foam, and the economy Spa Bubble Blanket made of extruded PE. All spa insulating blankets are sold in square sizes, and trimmed at home with scissors to fit your spa.
For spas with little internal insulation, wrap the Spa Jacket around the cabinet to instantly improve heat retention. Spa Jackets block wind and keep insects and rodents out of your spa cabinet. Constructed of two layers of vinyl covering a 1/2″ thick foam blanket, each Spa Jacket is custom made to fit your spa perfectly. Comes in 4 panels that snap to your spa cabinet and Velcro connect to adjacent panels. Can be used to improve hot tub efficiency, or simply as a way to hide ugly or damaged cabinet panels. 7 available colors, to match your spa cover.
You may have a hot tub umbrella, but do you have a hot tub enclosure? Sometimes called pavilions, gazebos or cabanas, the Japanese were the first to popularize the use of Onzens, or small huts built above a hot spring. Hot tub enclosures are available as inflatable domes, retractable domes, or wood structures with large window panels that can be opened. In addition to protecting your spa from sun, snow and wind, enclosures also can improve the efficiency of heating a hot tub in winter, and they can be the best way to add a little privacy to your hot tub.
heated floor mats
Unless your spa is located just steps from the door, on a covered patio, winter hot tubbers often have to cross a frozen tundra to reach their bubbling spa. Ice and snow can be dangerous and a slip and fall on your way to the hot tub, can ruin your whole evening. For hot tubs in snowy winter areas, consider heating patio pavers with floor heat cables placed beneath, or use heated floor mats to keep the path to your hot tub free of ice and snow. You can find them in many sizes, and also find heated stair mats to use on your spa steps, for safe entry and exit.
Speaking of safely entering and exiting a spa, Spa Handrails are the perfect winter spa accessory. Spa steps may be icy from splashed out water, or rain/snow; a spa handrail helps you make that awkward last big step into the spa, without making a fool of yourself. And getting out of the hot tub, when your legs are like jelly, and the blood rushes to your head as you stand-up, the Spa Handrail is at-your-service. We have several spa safety hand rails, one that screws into the cabinet, or two with a large plate that slips under the spa, and one that attaches to a spa step.
a good hat
Possibly the best winter hot tub accessory, a good hat will keep you from losing heat from the top of your head, and keep your hair dry. When your head is cold, you risk getting a head cold! Along with my trusty Red Sox hat, I also swear by my spa slippers and robe, two other winter wardrobe essentials for hot tubbers. Wearing a hat while in the hot tub, even if that’s the only thing you’re wearing 😉 is always a good idea.
Enjoy your hot tub this winter with some of these popular winter hot tub accessories!
Happy Hot Tubbin’
Hot Tub Works