Soaking in a spa on beautiful winter days – and evenings – is bliss! This is one of the great advantages of a spa: you can enjoy it 365 days a year! Provided, of course, that you take some basic precautions to avoid damage from cold and snow.
- Since you can’t change the water in a spa during the winter, drain it one last time before the first freeze to ensure that you have clean water for the entire season.
- Increase the filter cycle and raise the water temperature to 99 or 100 degrees, as you lose about 5 degrees of heat when the lid is opened.
- Even when it is bitterly cold outside, it is important to keep your spa water clean and sanitary, just as you do in the summer. Regular maintenance is essential.
- Make sure the pump and heating system are working properly; always have several containers of spa antifreeze on hand.
- Remove snow from the spa cover regularly. Otherwise, it may collapse under the weight of the snow or be damaged by ice formation.
- In winter, it can take a lot longer to heat your water, which will cause your electricity bill to go up. For optimal heat retention, make sure your spa cover is in good condition, solid and designed for our harsh Quebec winters.
- Check the water level every two to three days. If the water level is too low, the pump and heater may shut down, which could cause major damage.
- Know your spa’s control options, as well as possible error and diagnostic messages so you can take quick action when needed. Keep your spa manual handy!
- Find out what to do in the event of a power outage or when a breakage prevents heating.
- If you’re going on vacation, have someone come in and take care of your spa regularly.