When a big winter storm is on its way bringing snow, ice and the potential for loss of power, it’s important to prepare a hot tub for a winter storm with a few simple steps:
- Turn up the Temperature: Most hot tubs go up to 104 degrees. Turn your hot tub to the hottest setting and make sure the “summer” or “economy” mode is off. The higher the temperature, the more time you buy yourself before you have to worry about the hot tub freezing, in case there is a loss of power.
Steps if you lose Power
Do not drain your hot tub!
If you don’t have a generator:
- Leave the hot tub cover closed. With your spa set to 104 degrees, in the typical Pennsylvania and New Jersey winter storm, you can have up to 3-5 days without power before you need to worry about the hot tub freezing.
If you have a generator:
- Plug an extension cord from the generator into a submersible pump, and place the pump in the hot tub. The heat from the pump will add to the water plus keep the water circulating, preventing it from freezing.
- Another option is to use the generator to run a space heater or 100 watt light bulb. Place the heater or bulb into the equipment area (Inside of the cabinet) of your spa and run for a few hours at a time.