Why You Need to Cover Your Hot Tub in Fall

Cover your hot tub in fall

One of the best parts of owning a hot tub is you can enjoy its benefits all year long. But, in order to thoroughly enjoy the benefits, you need to take care of it properly. Maintaining the chemical balance and cleaning your hot tub are very important, but you also need to cover your hot tub in fall.

Keep your water levels high and your bills low

Make no mistake, it’s important to cover your hot tub all year long, not just in fall. But, fall brings some special circumstances you don’t have to consider in the spring and summer. And those circumstances are, well, fall weather. 

In a normal world, temperatures start to drop in the fall. Cooler days and cooler nights make a toasty hot tub that much more enjoyable. But, without a cover on, your hot tub may not be that toasty. Why is that?

Let’s go back to school science class for a moment. If you mix hot water and cool air, what do you get? That’s right, slightly cooler water. Leaving your hot tub uncovered mixes hot water and cool air, making slightly cooler water. So, you have to turn your heater up when it’s time to go in, and your energy bills rise with it.

But our science lesson isn’t over yet, folks. Now let’s say we just let that cup of water sit uncovered for a few days. Are you going to have the same amount of water left when you come back? That’s right, you won’t. Why? The water evaporates. And again, this basic science concept applies to your hot tub, too. If you leave the cover off any time of year, you’re going to lose water to evaporation. You’ll have to add more water, raising your water bill. And that water will have to heat up, raising your energy bill again.

We really think hot tub science should be taught in school. But because it isn’t, we’re giving you this advice: just cover your hot tub in fall, and you won’t have to do any of that thinking. A couple of minutes will save you a headache later—we promise.

Keep those leaves out

Another highlight of fall is the falling leaves. Combine that with wind, and you just have no idea where those leaves will end up. Well, you have one idea: right where you don’t want them, in your hot tub.

Leaves aren’t clean. They’re covered in dirt, bird droppings, and who knows what else. So when they fall in your hot tub, you don’t just have to skim them out. You also have to rebalance your hot tub’s chemistry. Again, just a couple of minutes spent covering your hot tub will save you a headache later.

Enjoy the weather when you cover your hot tub in fall

The key to enjoying your hot tub even more than you already do is to use your hot tub cover in fall and beyond. Make your life a little bit easier by getting a Hot Spring® cover lifter from your local hot tub store, Texas Hot Tub Company.


The 2019 Limelight Collection Owner’s Manual will help you understand your spa’s features, and answer questions you might have regarding spa operation, water care, and maintenance. There is also a troubleshooting section included for your convenience.  

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