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Attention hot tub fans! Phoenix’s rising temps shouldn’t mean the end of your hydrotherapy routine. In fact, you’ll find energy expenses drop during the summer months and keeping the water a comfortable temperature is surprisingly simple. Its highly recommended you do not drain your tub for extended periods of time as it can cause problems with fittings, gaskets, and other plumbing. Just follow these tips to continue enjoying the incredible benefits of warm water immersion even as the summer months kick in.
Find the right temperature
The main benefits of hydrotherapy come from the combination of warm water and air-injected Jacuzzi jet systems, so you don’t want to overcool your hot tub even in the summer. The ideal summer soaking temperature ranges from 95 to 98 degrees.
But how are you supposed to keep your water temps from climbing when outdoor highs are triple digits? First, know that Jacuzzi has done the research and after-market cooling systems just don’t pass muster — they’re pricey and unreliable. The exclusive Jacuzzi SmartTub® remote monitoring system will let you adjust your temperature and monitor most every aspect of your tub from anywhere in the world right from your smart phone.
There are other simple alternatives that do the trick just fine:
First, use an umbrella, pergola, or other shade structure to keep the sun from shining directly on the hot tub during the day. This will reduce the amount of heat that collects and make it easier to cool the water before soaking, even on the hottest days.
Next, open your hot tub cover and turn on your jets and waterfall in the evenings and mornings. During the day, vent your cover by placing tennis balls on the corners so its slightly open. The aeration allow for aeration and will help keep your temps down. Reminder: always be sure kids are watched around any body of water. If there is the potential for anyone to get in your spa when you are not able to watch it, we recommend you keep it in the full closed position and locked.
And finally, try dropping giant plastic ice cubes — old milk jugs filled with water and frozen work great — into the water about ten minutes before getting in the water. They’re reusable and if you throw some food coloring in, you’ll have some bright floats livening things up. Many people hang on to the frozen jugs to keep their bodies cool. Also, get some small towels wet, throw them in the freezer, then bring them out to the tub to warp around your neck while soaking. It’s a wonderfully invigorating experience.
Adjust your routine
Once you’ve managed your hot tub’s water temperature and how to keep your body cooler, you may find that you prefer using the spa when it’s cooler outside. In Arizona summers, that usually means early morning or later in the evening, after the sun sets.
But it’s not just about the time of day. You can make your experience even more enjoyable by changing how you soak. Instead of settling in for 15 minutes or more at a time, try immersing in the warm water for just 4 to 5 minutes, then taking a break. Stand up or sit on the edge of the tub for a few minutes and let evaporation cool you down or wrap a frozen towel around your neck, then slip back into the warm water. Repeating this a couple of times can be invigorating and healing.
Bonus: Summer is actually the best time to purchase that hot tub you’ve been eyeing because of the great deals being offered. And now that you know how to get the most out of your hot tub during the summer, there’s no reason not to take advantage of the big available discounts and great financing options Head over to Imagine Backyard Living to consult with the experts and find just the right addition to your backyard oasis.