As the winter season blankets the world in frosty wonder, there’s no better time to embrace the coziness of your hot tub. While many people may pack away their swimsuits and close the lid on their hot tubs this chilly time of year, we’re here to tell you that winter and hot tubs make a perfect pair. 

In this blog, we’ll share some tips for getting the most out of your hot tub this winter! Let’s get right into it!

Invest in a Good Cover

Old hot tub covers are often the largest source of heat loss for hot tubs. Generally, they have a lifespan of around 4 to 5 years, however UV rays, debris, and other damage can impact this. If your hot tub cover is damaged, starting to cup, or isn’t forming a good seal around your hot tub anymore, you’ll want to consider investing in a new one. A new spa cover will keep the heat in and the weather out, even when it’s frightful.

half closed gray hot tub Cover Rock-It

Keep the Water Clean

Even if you don’t use your hot tub everyday this winter, make sure to clean and maintain your water and filters as usual. Neglecting to do it now will create a headache later.

Monitor the Water Level

In addition to cleaning the spa water, you’ll also want to check your water level often. You don’t want it to fall too low, especially if you live in a cold climate. The components may freeze and damage your hot tub.

Turn Down the Jets

Don’t use the jets as much as you would in other seasons, and be sure to turn them off when not in use. The jets work by blowing air into the water, which can lower the temperature.

Stay Hydrated

It’s always important to stay hydrated when using your hot tub. If it’s cold outside, you may want to drink tea, cocoa, or other warm beverages while soaking to keep yourself hydrated while also combatting the cold. 

Plan for a Safe and Warm Exit

If you live in an area with freezing temperatures or snow, you’ll need a safe, warm way to exit your hot tub. Keep a bathrobe nearby to shield yourself from the frigid air and sturdy slippers so you don’t slip. You’ll also want to ensure you have a clear path from your hot tub to your home. A hot tub rail and pathway lights are a good idea.

Enhance Your Outdoor Oasis

Incorporate elements to add warmth and comfort to your outdoor sanctuary. Consider adding heating lamps, a firepit, or festive lighting—or even a mounted TV. Just make sure all electrical devices are far away from the hot tub. 

sundance hot tub in backyard

Invest in SmartTub®

Smart hot tub technology is a thing of beauty and can be really handy in the winter. The SmartTub® System is integrated into most newer Sundance® Spa models or can be added on. With SmartTub®, you can adjust the temperature, turn the jets on or off, track energy usage and so much more all from your phone.


We hope these tips encourage you to embrace the joy of hot tubbing this winter. Here’s to a season filled with warmth, comfort, and unforgettable memories! Don’t forget, we’re always here to help with your hot tub service needs!