Spa and Hot Tub Covers are an Essential Element for Maintenance and Safety
With the colder weather upon us folks are starting to fire the hot tubs and spas up. Not too many things feel as good as soaking in a hot tub sipping your favorite beverage with friends, family or that special someone in freezing weather or while it is snowing outside. Unwinding in a spa or hot tub after a tiring day is one of life’s ultimate luxuries. What do you do, though, when you’re done with your toasty soak? Do you keep your hot tub covered? If not, here’s why you should:
- Spa covers and hot tub covers prevent evaporation, saving you money on water and chemicals. Maintaining the chemical balance of your spa’s water is easier and less time consuming when a spa cover is used on a regular basis.
- Spa covers also insulate the water and prevent much of the heat from escaping. Keeping the hot tub’s water warm when not in use makes heating the water faster the next time you want to take a soak. Not only do you save energy, but your spa heater lasts longer because you use it less often and for shorter amounts of time.
- Spa covers keep debris and dirt out of your hot tub. Cleaning your hot tub takes less time and effort when there is less to clean up.
One specific type of spa cover that is recommended for homes with children and pets is called a walk on spa cover. Standard spa covers, while they appear to be perfectly sturdy, may not be able to support the weight of a child if he or she decides to use the top of the hot tub as a play area. Children and pets can be injured or may drown if a spa cover collapses into the water below. Walk on spa covers, on the other hand, can support the weight of a child as well as the child’s entire family. They come equipped with a locking mechanism, too, so the cover cannot be lifted or moved from the hot tub.
Even if you don’t have children or pets, walk on spa covers are a good option if you live in a snowy climate. Accumulated snow can be quite heavy, especially if it is wet snow, as opposed to dry, powdery snow. If that heavy snow is not cleared off of standard spa covers very frequently, those covers can become damaged. Walk on spa covers can easily handle the weight of many feet of accumulated, heavy snow.
Whether you opt to purchase a standard spa cover or a walk on spa cover depends on your situation, but covering your spa or hot tub whenever it is not in use is an important step in properly maintaining it.