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Can You Use a Hot Tub with Cold Water?

6 Ways to Create a “Cool” Hot Tub in the Summer

Perhaps the biggest question by spa owners when summertime comes and the temperatures start to rise is, “Can you use a hot tub with cold water?”

Hot tub owners have a beautiful spa in their backyard that they want to use year-round. But in the great state of Texas, there’s no lack of heat, and sitting in 100º water while it’s 98º outside may not appeal to everyone.

Yet, Summer is the best time for outdoor entertaining, family time, and plenty of outdoor activities. Our aches and pains don’t stop because it’s Summer.

So here are a few tips for enjoying your hot tub in the Summer.

Step 1: Drop the Temp – Duh!

You may think this is obvious, but we’re surprised by the number of people who don’t know their hot tub goes below 100 degrees!

HotSpring® Spas and most other major brands will typically go as low as 80 degrees, which essentially turns the heater off.

First step – set your hot tub to the lowest temperature possible.

Step 2: Prop Open the Cover

Much like a Yeti, the cover on a hot tub creates suction which holds the heat efficiently. Breaking this suction creates space for the heat to escape – cooling your tub.

Prop the cover open with an object that’s three or four inches in diameter to allow room for the heat to escape.

One of your chemical bottles is a perfect size.

Second step – prop open the cover a few inches

Step 3: Run those Jets

Running the jets on a two-hour cycle without the cover also helps cool your tub by circulating the water.

Circulating the water brings the warmer water below to the surface and sends the cooler water lower.

Remember, circulation always helps cool.

Third step – 10-15 minutes before using your hot tub, turn on the jets.

Step 4: Ice, Ice, Baby

Throw in bags of ice.

You heard us correctly!

Contrary to what people think, ice does not harm your hot tub and is a fast way to cool down your tub before a party.

Just make sure you follow the steps above before adding ice – it won’t do much good if the temperature is 103º with the cover on!

Fourth step – toss in a bag of ice a few minutes before using your hot tub.

Step 5: Clean Your Filters Often

As previously mentioned, circulation is your friend when cooling down water in a hot tub.

Clean filters help with circulation. In the Summer, clean your filters twice a week to ensure you’re getting the best circulation.

Fifth step – get to cleaning those filters! 

Step 6: Enter Into a CoolZone

CoolZone is a product that sits on the outside of the hot tub. It cools the water to as low as 60º, even on the hottest days.

While not available on all of our hot tubs, with the CoolZone™ System, you can heat and cool the water.

Sixth step – when shopping for a hot tub, ask about CoolZone if you plan to use your hot tub as a “cold tub” extensively in the hot summer months. 

Can a hot tub be cold? Yes!

Imagine such a cool and refreshing massage after a hot day of working the yard!

Can you use a Hot Tub with Cold Water? The answer is – a resounding YES, and that’s great news for Texas hot tub owners everywhere.

Need some help?

Still hesitant to toss ice into your hot tub? We get it.

If you have more questions about using your hot tub cold in Texas summer heat, we’re here for you.

If you’re shopping for that perfect hot tub that you can use year-round, our sales team is available to help you find the one that’s right for you.

Contact us today – we’ll be glad to help

Happy hot tubbing friends!


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