You can – and you should – enjoy your hot tub all year long. Once you get used to the calming, relaxing, rejuvenating effects, you don’t ever want to be without it, even in the middle of a hot Texas summer.
It only makes sense but we’ll say it anyway. During the summer you’ll enjoy your hot tub more if you lower the temperature. Most people find somewhere between 85-94 degrees comfortable in the summer heat. Keep the cover on to insulate the water from the ambient temperature. On very hot days, you might consider just turning off the heater completely. The sun and air can warm the water to a comfortable – but not hot – temperature, like it would with a swimming pool.
If your hot tub sits in the sun, you’ll need to apply sunscreen just like you would if you were going to the pool. A wide-brim hat and sunglasses are good ideas, too. Of course, if your hot tub is installed in a shaded area – say beneath a gazebo, covered porch or a Covana cover, the sun shouldn’t be a concern for you.
Of course it’s important to stay hydrated in the summer, no matter what you’re doing. So while you’re soaking, keep a bottle of cold water nearby, and be sure to sip frequently so you don’t become dehydrated. Keep the alcohol to a minimum, though. It can actually dehydrate you more quickly.
Something else to try – a nighttime dip. If you still want the soothing effects of warmer water, even on those brutally hot days, think about delaying your soak until the sun goes down. You might be able to turn the temperature back up a little, and enjoy the soothing water and hydrotherapy while you do a little star gazing. Doesn’t that sound lovely?
With just a few changes to your routine, you can get maximum enjoyment from your hot tub, all year long.