Winterizing Your Hot Tub – A Step-by-Step Guide to Canadian Winters

A hot tub is not just a luxurious addition to your home but a sanctuary of relaxation, a place to unwind and soothe both body and mind.

As the winter chill sets in, your spa can become an even more cherished retreat, offering a unique experience of enjoying warm, bubbling water amidst the serene backdrop of snowfall.

However, to ensure that your outdoor hot tub remains a source of delight for years to come, proper maintenance is paramount.

This article will guide you through the essential steps of winterizing your hot tub, whether you choose to shut it down during the colder months or continue enjoying its warmth through winter.

For many hot tub owners, winter is the preferred season for spa usage. There’s a certain magic in watching snowflakes dance while you bask in the cozy embrace of your spa.

Nevertheless, if your location is prone to severe weather, or if you’re planning an extended absence, it might be prudent to shut down your hot tub temporarily.

On the other hand, if you’re concerned about the operational costs during winter, fear not—properly maintaining your outdoor hot tub allows for surprisingly cost-efficient operation.

Whether you’re closing it down or keeping it running, this guide will equip you with the knowledge needed to care for your hot tub in winter, and make the most of this delightful addition to your home.

Before delving into the specifics of winterizing your hot tub, let’s explore the two main options: shutting it down for the winter or keeping it operational during the colder months.

Both approaches have their merits, and the choice largely depends on your location, weather conditions, and personal preferences.

So, let’s embark on the journey of ensuring your spa remains a source of comfort and joy, even when winter casts its icy spell.

Winterizing your hot tub - Jacuzzi hot tub with modern house in the background during winter

Closing Down for Winter: Embracing the Great Freeze

Ah, the whimsy of winter – the season of frosty adventures and hot chocolate by the fireplace.

But what about your outdoor hot tub? As much as we love a good winter soak, sometimes it’s best to tuck it in for a long winter’s nap.

So, grab your toque, and let’s dive into the first option: Closing down your hot tub for the Canadian winter wonderland.

Part One: The Great Winter Shutdown

1. Power Down

Before you embark on your winter hiatus, it’s time to hit the power button.

Shut off that heater and give your spa a little breather.

Think of it as a spa vacation—no warm-ups needed!  Just a nice cool-off.

2. Empty the Spa

Now, we’re getting into the nitty-gritty of winter prep.

Drain your hot tub of all water. If your spa has air blowers, make sure they’re emptied too.

You wouldn’t want any water left hiding in the nooks and crannies that could freeze and leave you with an unwelcome surprise once you return!

3. Clean Filters

Filters need love too! Take them out, and give them a nice long soak in a cleaning solution.

While they’re enjoying their soak, take a moment to clean out the filter basket. It’s like decluttering but for your hot tub’s soul.

4. Loosen Fittings

If your pump housing has drain plugs, it’s time to set them free. Release any lingering water that might be hiding in those fittings.

For best results, a shop vac will be a helpful tool during this step.

5. Blow Jets

Water, especially when it decides to turn into ice, can be a mischievous foe.

Ensure your jet plumbing is free from any water pockets that might freeze and cause a hot tub headache later on.

Once again, your shop vac will be useful for removing all traces of water!

6. Clean the Shell

Now that your hot tub is free from any remnants of the once-steamy water, it’s time for a good scrub.

Break out the spa cleanser and give that basin a makeover. It’s like redecorating, but with bubbles.

7. Cover Your Tub

Your cover is key in protecting your spa from the harsh Canadian winter.

Place that cover over your hot tub and lock it down like you’re sealing a secret recipe.

Your hot tub cover is essential, keeping your spa shielded until spring decides to grace us with its presence.

Safe Until Spring

So, there you have it, the grand event of winterizing your hot tub.

It’s like giving your hot tub a warm hug and a promise that you’ll reunite when the snow melts.

But wait, what if you’re a winter warrior, and the idea of closing down your hot tub feels like cancelling Christmas?

Fear not; we’ve got another option for you – keeping the hot tub party going strong through the winter chill.

Stay tuned for Part Two, where we dive into the secrets of operating your spa in winter like a true Canadian hot tub hero!

winterizing your hot tub - J-400 on a deck in winter

Part Two: Operating Your Spa in Winter

Now, if the thought of shutting down your hot tub for winter feels like denying yourself a slice of heaven, we’ve got a plan for you.

Here’s how to keep the hot tub vibes going strong through the Great White North’s frostiest season:

Canadian Hot Tub Hero Mode

1. Drain/Clean Tub

Sure, winter brings snow and ice, but that doesn’t mean your Jacuzzi® spa can’t stay spic and span.

Just like getting ready for shutdown, you want to make sure your winter oasis is happy and healthy.

Begin by draining your hot tub and giving it a thorough scrubbing, rejuvenating it inside and out, and getting it ready for winter adventures.

2. Refill Your Spa

Once your hot tub is squeaky clean, it’s time to fill ‘er up and rebalance your water.

Fresh water, crisp winter air, and the promise of warmth—it’s a recipe for a Canadian hot tub experience like no other.

3. Activate Freeze Protection: Winter Wisdom in F3 “Standard” Mode

Calgary is a region where winter gets serious, so you may need to introduce your outdoor spa to F3 “Standard” mode.

This setting includes a sensor that keeps an eye on the temperature. When it drops to a certain level, the pump runs to prevent freezing.

4. Keep Your Spa Covered

When you’re not indulging in a winter soak, make sure your hot tub stays cozy under its cover.

This isn’t just about keeping it warm; it’s about being energy-efficient and saving you money!

Your hot tub cover is specially designed with thick insulation, ensuring the warmth stays in, and the cold stays out.

True Canadian Experience: Embracing the Chill

Winter in Canada is not just a season; it’s a way of life. So why not fully embrace it?

Operating your hot tub in winter transforms your backyard into a true Canadian oasis.

It’s a celebration of the beauty of the season, turning your hot tub into a cozy retreat amid the snow-covered landscape.

The True North, Strong, and Warm: Your Winter Companion

In the grand tapestry of Canadian winters, your hot tub becomes more than a feature; it becomes a companion.

A steadfast source of warmth and relaxation, it stands resilient against the cold.

So, whether you choose to close down your hot tub temporarily or keep it operational through the winter, the key is to make it your own and relish every winter hot tubbing moment.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs of Calgary – Your Winter Hot Tub Allies

As you embrace winter with your Jacuzzi® spa, it’s essential to recognize the invaluable support from Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Calgary, your local backyard experts.

With a team boasting many years of combined experience, they are your go-to allies in bringing your backyard living space to life.

Craft the perfect hot tub retreat with a wide range of compatible accessories such as covers, cover lifters, steps, neck pillows, and more.

Stay warm and shop from home! We have an online store to bring you everything you need, without stepping foot in the cold.

Whether you’re a seasoned hot tub enthusiast or have just welcomed your first spa, the dedicated team at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Calgary is ready to assist. Reach out to us for:

  • Site Visits & Inspections
  • Quarterly Water Changes
  • Water Cleaning & Balancing
  • Water Testing Services
  • Filter Cleaning & Changes
  • Component Repair
  • Ordering Replacement Parts

As you embark on your winter hot tubbing adventures, consider Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Calgary not only as your source of knowledge but also as your friendly local destination for supplies, advice, or expert service.

Whether you’re in need of a spa accessory to enhance your winter soak, or require professional assistance, we are your trusted allies in ensuring your Jacuzzi® hot tub remains the epitome of relaxation, joy, and warmth.

Reach out to us, and let your winter hot tub experience be as seamless as a snowflake’s descent.

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