Even if you don’t live in a place that gets dumped in snow every winter, there are a few months of the year where temperatures drop below the norm. There is nothing more satisfying on those cold days than a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket or a hot tub. Most people use hot tubs all year round, because even during the summer they provide a nice relaxing end to a long day.
Benefits of a hot tub
When you add a hot tub to your backyard, you are making a smart and enjoyable decision as well as an investment. They are perfect for relaxing or warming up and are even recommended by healthcare professionals for their therapeutic benefits. The hot water and jets help to soothe achy muscles and pains and release tension from your body. Whether it was a long stressful day or if you suffer from arthritis or fibromyalgia, a hot tub can help take the pain away. Hot tubs are also ideal for an intimate getaway for couples or a great place to relax with some friends.
Features of a hot tub
Hot tubs come in different sizes and styles, from a two-person tub that uses a standard electrical outlet to a giant ten person tub. Most hot tubs come with an assortment of features, accessories and designer elements, so there is sure to be something for your taste and budget. Some models even come with a built-in waterslide for those looking for a certain ‘wow’ factor. You can add sound systems, lighting, and even television fixtures to most hot tubs making them a really comfortable option at any time of day. Be sure you always get a cover to keep the inside protected through every season.
Maintenance and safety
Just like a pool or any major appliance, hot tubs require regular maintenance. The water needs to be properly balanced and sanitized periodically. Typically you want to drain your hot tub every two to three months for sanitary reasons. Also like a pool, there are precautions and safety protocols involved with having a hot tub. Drains and jets are more powerful than they are in pools, so you need to be extra careful not to get hair or clothing caught. In addition to this you should:
- Always supervise children when they are near the hot tub
- Keep the cover on at all times that the hot tub is not in use
- Never have the soaking temperature above 102 degrees
- Never soak alone; just like with swimming, having a buddy is a safer option.