We are going to start this off by saying, “Don’t hate the messenger”, but fall officially begins this month, and that means colder weather is in the near future. While for some that may be devastating news, if you are a hot tub owner, you may not be so bothered by it, because that means hot tub season is here. When it comes to enjoying your spa, one of the most important factors, is the cover. Is your hot tub’s cover ready to handle cooler weather?
What is the Average Lifespan for a Hot Tub Cover?
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your spa cover, it may be time for a new one. There is no set point at which a hot tub cover should be replaced; however, most covers will need to be replaced after 5 to 7 years, with most losing their full effectiveness in 3 to 5 years. There are usually warning signs that it is time to replace your hot tub cover. If these indications are noticed soon enough, they can prevent your spa from losing heat and ensure your water remains at a comfortable temperature all year round and each and every time you open it.
If your cover is past its prime, it may not be ready to handle the cooler weather ahead, putting your spa and your comfort level at risk. Fall is a great time to shop for a new hot tub cover if one is needed. Don’t wait until winter when the snow is falling and the temperatures are freezing, as that could put your hot tub in danger of damage.
Is Your Hot Tub’s Cover Ready to Handle Cooler Weather?
Is your cover up to the task of protecting your spa this fall and winter through our unpredictable weather changes? If it seems like your hot tub is losing heat, most often this is because of problems with your cover.
- Check to see if the vinyl has any cracks, tears, or seems more brittle than normal.
- Make sure the locks and straps on the hot tub cover are working properly.
- Ensure the foam core is not sagging, heavy, and/or bowed or broken.
- Confirm the heat seal shoes are not damaged or torn and there are no gaps.
- Keep an eye out for a hinge tear.
While you may not see the cause of the issue, your cover may just not have a high enough foam density, weight of vinyl, or hinge heat seal, that can fight off our sometimes brutal temperatures. Experts suggest a density of a 1.5 to 2 pounds, especially if you’re living in a colder climate, like us. A higher weight per square yard indicates a stronger vinyl, and one that is able to protect against the elements better. The outer edge of each side of the cover hinge should be sealed to prevent heat loss. Preferably, the hinge heat seal should have an R-value of 12 to 13.
Are There Other Ways to Protect Your Hot Tub from the Cooler Weather?
Even if your hot tub cover is ready to handle the cooler weather, you may not be, and may be looking for an extra layer of protection to ensure your spa is as warm as you want it to be when you get in. The good news is, you can add an insulating spa blanket to your hot tub for that additional insurance for warmth.
The first line of defense against escaping heat, is an insulating spa blanket. Insulating spa blankets decrease evaporation by up to 95%, which reduces heat loss. An insulating spa blanket is an insulating, floating blanket that lies on top of your hot tub water, between the water and your hot tub cover. Spa insulating blankets cut down on evaporation, making them an energy saver and protecting your hot tub cover and you, from the cooler temperatures.
Another way to help your hot tub cover tackle the cooler temperatures and ensure your spa is as warm as you would like for it to be, is to maintain the water temperature throughout the season. We suggest keeping your hot tub temperature usually between 100°F and 102°F. This is because the colder it is outside, the longer it will take for a hot tub to heat up. By maintaining a steady temperature, your hot tub will be ready for use anytime you need to unwind and warm up.
Is your hot tub’s cover ready to handle cooler weather and for the hot tub season ahead? At Litehouse Pools & Spas, our professionals can help you with your year-round hot tub needs. Whether you are looking to purchase a new hot tub, seeking an insulating spa blanket, in search of a hot tub cover or lift, or would like year-round hot tub service, Litehouse Pools & Spas can help.