How to Lower the Monthly Cost of Running Your Hot Tub

Do you love your hot tub but hate what it is doing to your wallet? Sometimes, the monthly cost of running your hot tub can come as quite a shock.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up on using your hot tub just yet. There are many things you can do to lower your month cost of running your hot tub. Today, let’s take a look at what you can do to improve the efficiency of your hot tub and lower its monthly costs so you can enjoy your hot tub without having to worry about money.

Eight Tips to Help You Reduce Costs

Below you will find eight great tips that will help you reduce the month cost of running your hot tub. I encourage you all to use all of these so your hot tub runs as efficiently as possible.

Tip 1: Check Your Cover

The first thing you should check is your hot tub cover. The plain covers that come with your hot tub aren’t made from the best material and don’t do a great job at preventing heat loss from your hot tub. Instead, try purchasing a hot tub cover that includes a radiant heat shield on the inside. This will help insulate your hot tub and reduce the heat loss from the surface of the water.

Tip 2: Add a Thermal Blanket

Because most of your heat loss comes from the water’s surface, adding a thermal blanket can add yet another layer of heat protection to your hot tub. When combined with a decent hot tub cover, you will notice a big drop in your heating bills for your hot tub as more heat remains inside your tub and isn’t lost to the elements.

Tip 3: Break Up the Wind

If your hot tub is outside, then you must deal with the wind. Not only can it blow off your hot tub cover or cover your hot tub with leaves, it can also aid in cooling your water. The cool wind blowing over the top of your hot tub will pull the heat from your hot tub forcing your heat pump to have to work much harder. Try installing wind breaks around your hot tub. This will block the air from blowing over your hot tub so you don’t lose as much heat.

Tip 4: Turn Down the Temperature

Most hot tubs today allow you to heat the water to 104° F. This is very warm and really feels great when you are ready to rest and relax in your hot tub. However, maintaining this temperature, especially in cooler weather, can use more energy and cost you more money. When your hot tub is not in use, try turning down your hot tub to just 102° F or even lower if it still seems hot to you. This can easily save you quite a bit of money on your monthly heating bills.

Tip 5: Keep Your Spa Clean

If there is one thing that I cannot stress enough, it is keeping your hot tub clean. This isn’t just because it is the healthy thing to do. A spa that has a dirty filter and bad water flow will have to work much harder to clean the water. A system that has to work harder, will also work longer, meaning that you will use more power in order for your filter to do its job. A simple cleaning will keep the water flow at the correct levels so the system can clean your water without destroying your wallet in the process.

Tip 6: Check Your Lights

Some hot tubs come equipped with lights making them perfect for nighttime bathing. However, the lights that come with your hot tub aren’t always the most energy efficient out there. Today, you can easily find long-lasting LED lights that use far less energy than the standard bulbs you will find in your hot tub. This will reduce the energy you use while you bathe.

Tip 7: Close Your Air Jets

Your jets inject air into the water and are responsible for all that warm, bubbly, churning water that you use for relaxation. However, when you aren’t using your hot tub, leaving these air jets open will allow cool air to leak into the system. This will cool your water making our heat pump work harder and longer to heat the water. When you aren’t using your hot tub, close those jets so this cool air doesn’t make its way into your system. Your heat pump will be glad you did.

Tip 8: Upgrade Your Hot Tub

In some cases, you may just have to upgrade your hot tub. Some hot tubs are just too old and aren’t built to run as efficiently as a new one. While there will be higher costs on the front end, in the long run you will save money on your monthly bills. When all is said and done, I’m confident that you will come out ahead.

We all love to save money, but our hot tub can easily syphon away our money faster than it can heat the water. By using some of these tips, you can reduce the costs of operating your hot tub each month. In the end, your wallet will thank you, and you can enjoy a warm soak in your hot tub all year long without having to worry about how much it is costing you.

Happy Soaking!

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