Although most everybody loves the idea of spending time in a hot tub, some people are scared of owning one because they believe the cost of running it would be too expensive. However, following some simple, basic rules can vastly reduce the costs associated with operating a hot tub. To learn how to run a hot tub economically, check out this list of money-saving tips.
Keep Your Filters Clean
Filter cartridges are designed to strain out large, particulate matter. However, to do so, they need to be cleaned regularly. Over time they can become clogged with oils and grease and cause the water pump to work harder than it should. This can lead to excessive power usage and wear-and-tear on the pump motor. Remove and spray down the filter cartridges with a garden hose at least once a month and more often if the hot tub is being used a lot. Filters can also be soaked or sprayed on with the appropriate cleaning fluid every three or four months to give them a thorough cleansing. Inspect them regularly to ensure they’re in good working order and be prepared to replace them every year.
Keep The Hot Tub Covered
Most of the energy consumed by a hot tub is used to keep the water heated. However, you can reduce the amount of heat that escapes from the water surface by using a cover whenever the hot tub isn’t being used. Not only will it help retain heat, it’ll also keep out dirt and debris and reduce water evaporation. This means you’ll also use fewer chemicals to keep the water chemistry properly balanced. A well-insulated, tight-fitting hot tub cover will reduce both your energy and chemical bills.
Use A Floating Thermal Blanket
For extra heat retention, a thermal blanket can be employed along with the hot tub cover. That said, a thermal blanket can augment a hot tub cover, but shouldn’t be considered a replacement. Not only will the thermal blanket help retain heat and reduce water evaporation, but it will also protect the hot tub cover and make it last longer.
Check The Insulation
Not all hot tubs are fully insulated. Some are manufactured for summertime use only and some are just cheaply made. If you hope to run your hot tub in colder weather, a fully insulated hot tub will make a big difference in both comfort and heating bills. If you live in a part of the country that regularly experiences cold winters you should check for an insulated floor, insulated water piping and a well-insulated cabinet. All three of these areas can allow a lot of heat to escape if they aren’t properly protected.
Reduce Your Water Temperature
Just because you can run your hot tub at the maximum temperature doesn’t mean you necessarily should. Lowering the water temperature by a few degrees can significantly reduce the amount of power that the water heater uses. The only place you’ll likely notice a difference is on your power bill.
Turn Off Your Water Jets
Although water jets are an integral part of the hot tub experience, you don’t need to keep them running when the hot tub isn’t being used. Not only will they consume extra power, but they’ll also make your water heater use extra power as well. Introducing air into the water causes it to cool down much more quickly. Prevent this from occurring by turning off your water jets or air valves whenever possible.
Now that you’ve read some tips on how to run a hot tub economically, download a free buyer’s guide for extra information.