The kids are out of school, and vacation days are coming. What do you do with your hot tub? Fairly new hot tub owners might be a little lost as to what to do with a hot tub before leaving on a summer vaca. Whether you leave for a couple days or a couple weeks, it’s important to leave your hot tub well taken care of before your departure for a peace of mind.
Shock and treat your water! Make sure your spa’s pH levels are balanced and that your water is visibly clean. Spa covers do wonders to keep your water maintained at your preference. Before leaving, make sure to give your filters a rinse so that the filtration cycles don’t have any issues during your departure.
Temperature matters! No matter the length of your vacation, heat and filtration cycle must stay on. If you are leaving for a couple days during summer, the rule-of-thumb is to lower your tub by 5-10 degrees, anything lower than that and your hot tub will work harder to get your temperature back up at your return. If you are leaving during winter, you may want to consider lowering the temperature less, but keep in mind that you won’t be saving much and wont be able to enjoy your hot tub immediately on your return. During summer, heat from the floor will radiate and help keep your hot tub warm so it isn’t as necessary to toggle with the temperature as it is in winter.
Do not drain your hot tub! It would be more costly to refill and reheat an entire hot tub than to keep the heat and filtration cycle on.