How hot should your hot tub? Should you lower the temperature after each use or when you go on vacation? Get answers to these important questions & more here!
Hot Tub Temperature
The temperature you keep your spa water largely depends on personal preference. While the majority of users find 100° F – 102° F degrees comfortable, some folks prefer the maximum 104° F.
“Can I turn my spa up higher than 104° F?”
The answer is no; all new spas heat to a maximum 104°F.
The National Spa and Pool Institute considers 104° F to be the maximum safe water temperature for adults. Therefore, spa controls have a limit that prevents heating past 104° F.
NOTE: Even with the hi-limit, it is recommended that a separate water thermometer be kept in the spa to verify the temperature prior to entering the water.
Maintaining A Set Temperature
Many users want their spas to be as energy efficient as possible. Lowering the temperature after use and increasing it right before is not recommended. This will not only cause more wear and tear on your heater element, it also causes unnecessary stress to the circuit board and will not save money.
Unless you are going to be away for an extended period of time, such as a summer vacation, turning down the tub will save little or no energy. It is best for the spa system and element to maintain a set temperature. If your spa cover is in good working order and well insulated, it should have no problem maintaining heat at a low expense.
If your hot tub cover is in poor shape, waterlogged or doesn’t fit well, you may be paying out the ears no matter what other energy saving measures you take. Replacing it immediately will save you a bundle.
See what’s available for replacement spa covers.
Not Always a Hot Tub
Most spa users enjoy hot tubbing during the cooler months to warm up, but most people do not realize that their spa can also be used in warmer weather to cool down! Many spa controls and thermostats have the ability to lower the thermostat to 80 degrees or less. So why not use your spa year round?
Health Concerns & Children
If you are pregnant, have a health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, or any other serious illness, you should not enter a spa or hot tub without first consulting with your physician to verify the appropriate temperature.
As children are more sensitive to overheating, it is recommend not expose them to water over 95° F. Please talk to a physician for guidance before children use the spa.
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