Obviously, an inflatable hot tub does not last as long as a hard-sided tub, and they are not designed to be used at a temperature of below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You cannot use the heater and the air jets at the same time, and you must change the filter almost every week.
With all these, it is evident that an inflatable hot tub is very expensive to maintain, so you have to be very careful with how you treat it.
However, as long as you have a good water source and an electrical outlet, it is basically more convenient to set it up anywhere around your house. Many people set them up in their living rooms, garages, and patios. It is mobile, which makes it possible for you to change the location due to climate change, and very simple to use.
Can you leave a portable hot tub outside in the winter?
This is a very tricky one because, according to the manufacturers, you should not leave the hot tub at a temperature that is lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but many portable hot tub owners still leave their hot tub outside during the winter and it does just fine.
Although you should always check the water temperature and turn it on every day to avoid frozen pipes. If you must leave your hot tub outside, use an insulator to cover it.
Can I turn my hot tub off in winter?
So many people prefer to use the hot tub during the winter to soothe their muscles and nerves. Others would rather wait until summer to use the hot tub.
Whichever is the case, your hot tub should be left on during winter and left at 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if you did not winterize the hot tub.
Remove the hoses and drain the water completely. If there is still water in your hot tub and you put it off, the pipes might get frozen and burst. You might notice some build up in the pool because the water was not circulating.
What do you do with an inflatable hot tub in the winter?
What you do with your hot tub during the winter is your choice. You can decide to keep it running or drain the water completely, then wrap it up and keep it somewhere till summer.
If you still use the inflatable hot tub during winter, it is advisable that you insulate the hot tub cover when not in use, especially if it is left outside, and make sure the temperature of the water is always kept steady.
However, if you choose not to use your inflatable hot tub during the winter, you can either drain the water completely and keep it inside your house or winterize the tub, but you should note that an inflatable tub is not as durable as an acrylic side-wall tub is and could get torn if it meets an unbearable temperature.
Should I drain my hot tub in winter?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by custom-built concrete hot tub owners as well as fiberglass and acrylic tub owners. You’re going to have to drain the hot tub in order to winterize it. This is because a hot tub is a very typical scenario when it comes to the potential for damage from freezing.
The main aim should be to blow out all of the water that exists in any of the pipes that the hot tub has so that you will not be at an extra cost after winter.
You will need some equipment to drain.
- Sump pump
- Water hose
- Cleaners of filters
- Filter shock
- Cleaner for hot tubs
- Cover cleaner
How do I store my inflatable hot tub for winter?
Most inflatable hot tubs are not designed by the manufacturers to be used in winter. The pump would stop working once the water inside the tub gets to about 3 or 4 degrees Celsius because if the water in the pump freezes, you are going to get a lot of damage. However, some can be used in the winter, but you have to ready to manage them properly.
If you can’t handle it properly in the cold season, we would recommend you pack your inflatable hot tub at least a month before winter. To pack your hot tub, the first thing you have to do is to get rid of the water in it by draining it. Once it is empty, you would want to wash and clean it, then make sure it is dry before folding and packing it to where you would like it to be kept.
Can I use an inflatable hot tub in winter?
Manufacturers of inflatable hot tubs recommend that the temperature not be lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and that the temperature will likely drop during the winter.
However, if you know that you are using the inflatable hot tub inside your house, you can go ahead and use it during the winter. Just make sure that the water is kept at the correct level and temperature because if it drops, the left over water might freeze, leading to a lot of damage like burst pipes and torn tubs.
But if you do not have space in the house, it is advisable that you remove the pump and drain the water, make sure every bit of the tub is dry, deflate the tub, empty the pump by removing all the water in it, clean and pack the insulation, clean the tub cover and fold till next summer.
Can inflatable hot tubs be used all year?
An inflatable hot tub is not as durable as an acrylic side wall hot tub and should not be used too often if you want it to stay for some years. You can use it during the summer and fold it up during the winter, especially if you keep it outside.
Although if you want to use an inflatable hot tub throughout the year and at the same time last long, what really matters is maintenance, keeping the tub at the right temperature at all times and the location you keep it for use.
You might just want to keep the tub in a place that is not really affected by the cold even if the temperature is okay. However, it is going to cost you more to run your tub all year round.
Is it cheaper to leave a hot tub on all the time?
Simply keeping your hot tub on at the right time or adding a cheap blanket on top of the water can save you a lot on your utility bill. Because if you leave the tub off for a very long time, when you want to put it back on, it takes a lot of electrical power to get it back to the normal temperature the tub should be at.
Anyway, your electricity bill is affected by so many factors, such as the model, age, or type of hot tub you use; your local utility cost and rate; how often you use your hot tub; the climate and temperature of your environment; the water temperature; and how well you take care of your hot tub.
It mainly depends on how often you use the hot tub. If you use it just once a day, then you need to keep your hot tub temperature at about 95 degrees Fahrenheit, or 35 degrees Celsius. If you use it every two to three days, you might want to leave it at 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 degrees Celsius.
If you use your hot tub only once a week, you can turn it off between uses as long as it is not freezing outside. If you live in a very cold climate, you only leave it on for 24 hours a day.
How can I insulate my inflatable hot tub?
Your hot tub insulation affects how quickly heat leaves the water or how much energy you need to heat up to keep the water warm.
Most high-quality inflatable hot tubs come with an insulated base pan and energy-efficient insulation to preserve some heat, but you can add some additional insulators like extra padding under your tub to help prevent heat loss through the ground, and using a high-quality tub cover with a built-in radiant heat shield is one of the best ways to keep your water warm and conserve energy.
Just make sure your cover is secured when heating up the tub so that heat does not escape. You might also consider getting a floating thermal blanket that sits in between the water and the cover to help keep heat in the water. Most thermal blankets also double as solar blankets by soaking up the sun rays to heat up the water when it is hot outside.
What temperature should I keep my hot tub in winter?
Your new hot tub automatically sets your temperature not to exceed the recommended 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius.
You can leave the temperature of a hot tub at around 98 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. However, you can increase it according to your body temperature if you want to swim in the hot tub.