Sometimes the monthly bills you receive when running your hot tub might come as a shock. There are many things you can do, however, to lower your monthly costs that we've compiled into a guide that covers what you can do to improve the efficiency of your hot tub, and save you money in the process.
Turn Down the Temperature
Most hot tubs today allow you to heat the water to 104° F. However, keeping the temperature at steady levels, especially during colder weather, can use more energy and cost more money. Each degree will save you approx. 10% on your hot tub energy bill. Adjust your settings to 102° F and you can easily save money on your monthly heating bills.
Keep your spa clean
You can save a lot of money with a simple cleaning. Clear up any debris that collects in your hot tub, and it will allow the water to flow at the correct levels without overworking through the litter. Make sure to rinse your filter regularly, and rotate with a secondary filter while cleaning.
Install breaks or blankets to retain the heat
Try installing wind breaks or thermal blankets around your hot tub. As most hot tubs are located outside, it deals with the constant breeze of the wind that can pull the heat from your hot tub, forcing your heat pump to have to work much harder. Windbreaks block this air from blowing over your hot tub, while thermal blankets add a layer of heat protection, so you can retain the overall heat of the tub.
Insulate Your Hot Tub Cabinet
When heat escapes from your hot tub, it will work much harder to keep the heat running longer. Invest in a durable cover that does a good job at preventing heat loss from your hot tub. Hot tub covers with a radiant heat shield inside of it can help insulate your hot tub. You can also buy some standard wall insulation to pack inside your hot tub cabinet to stop the heat escaping.
Check Your Lights
Sometimes your hot tubs come equipped with lights that aren’t the most energy efficient models in the market. Find long-lasting LED lights that might use less energy than your current setup, and you’ll avoid wasting money on your next energy bill.
Close Your Air Jets
Turn the air from your jets off when you are not using your hot tub to reduce hot tub operating costs. Leaving these air jets on can allow cooler air to leak into the system and force your heat pump to work harder to heat the water.
Upgrade Your Hot Tub
In some cases, the best way to save money is to invest in a better hot tub. Older models may not run as efficiently as a new one. So while there may be higher costs initially, you might save more money in the long run on your monthly bills.
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