Using Your Hot Tub During the Winter

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Enjoy your hot tub all year round

Many people enjoy using their outdoor hot tub or spa during the colder months. There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in your warm tub watching a starry sky or snow fall. When the temperatures drop we all tend to feel aches more, so a gentle hydrotherapy session can help to ease away the pain.
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Stay safe

Sounds bliss! But before you dash back to your tub there are certain precautions that you must be aware of first.


Personal safety precautions...

  1. Your safety is paramount, particularly during the colder season, therefore it is essential that you supervise any vulnerable members of your group e.g. children or elderly, both to and from the hot tub and during usage. Also be aware that if you are drinking alcohol (responsibly obviously) whilst enjoying your hot tub you need to take extra care. Alcohol can deceptively make you feel warm as it dilates the peripheral blood vessels near your skin, more blood and heat flows to these vessels and takes blood and heat away from your body core. Therefore when you step back out into the cold after drinking you can lose heat from your body very quickly and that can be dangerous. 
  2. It is common sense, but start by making sure you have a quick and easy path to and from your accommodation to your outdoor hot tub. Maybe temporarily set down some riven anti-slip tiles so that you aren’t walking through cold, wet grass or on slippy surfaces. Check out the tile collection on ‘World of Mosaics dot com’ website. 
  3. Are you going to make a mad dash for the hot tub? Otherwise consider what are you going to do with your footwear/robe before you get into the hot tub. You could purchase an inexpensive lidded plastic storage box or consider housing your hot tub in a beautiful cedar wood gazebo. Contact ‘Project Pool dot co dot uk’ website for further gazebo details. 
  4. Your body temperature will drop rapidly as soon as you step out of the water and you do not want to be left freezing and dripping wet. Either invest in an outdoor warmer for your towel/robe or leave them in a dry place wrapped around a hot water bottle so that you stay warm and comfortable as you walk back indoors 
  5. Likewise, now is not the time to dunk your head under the water. Staying out in cold weather with wet hair is a recipe for disaster. Keep your head warm by keeping your hair and face dry. If you’re feeling particularly jaunty, wear your favourite hat!
Avoid the big freeze
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Prepare your hot tub

Okay so we've kept you safe, now you need to prepare your hot tub and get into a regular cold weather maintenance routine.

Hot tub maintenance...

  1. The cold season is certainly not the best time to purge and drain your hot tub. Take care of this maintenance at the end of October and your hot tub should be fine for another 3 months. Don’t forget to check you filters too. Order your Clarion Spa EcoPurge Power Puck, Mineral Ball Filter, and Active Silver Oxygen pouches today at http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/clarion_spa
  2.  Make sure you stock up on supplies. Ensure you have a spare filter and water care products. The weather can be unpredictable and you don’t want to risk needing to go out to purchase these products or have delivery delays. Order your 3 step Clarion Spa hot tub water care products today at http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/clarion_spa
  3. One of the major risks of operating a hot tub during colder months is that water can freeze in the pipework, therefore it is essential to protect your pipes. Check if your spa has a freeze protection system or an auto heat control and activate them as soon as the temperature starts to drop at night according to the instruction manual. This will help to maintain a constant water temperature even when you’re not using the spa.
  4.  If your hot tub doesn’t have freeze protection set the timer switch for a 15-20 minute cycle every hour to ensure hot water circulates through the pipes and equipment, as well as keeping the bathing water nice and warm. Please note that in areas of intense cold, i.e. -10 or below, 15 minutes per hour may not be a long enough time to stop freezing.
  5.  A good quality insulated cover is essential for reducing energy consumption during the cold season. We also recommend that you use an inexpensive thermal hot tub blanket under the cover to help retain the heat in and decrease moisture build-up on the cover.
  6.  You must always maintain the water temperature. The colder it is outside, the longer it takes for your spa to heat up. It is cheaper to maintain the warm water temperature of your hot tub on a daily basis rather let it get extremely cold and then reheat it when you want to use the spa. It also obviously essential to keep water from freezing in the pipework. 
  7. You must check the water level of your hot tub regularly, especially if you do not use your spa every day. If the water in your spa gets too low, the pumps and heater may stop working which will cause the water and pipework to freeze. 
  8. Running the air jets during colder months uses a great amount of energy and the jets also inject cold air into the water you are trying so hard to keep warm. If you do wish to use them make sure you turn off the jets after every use.  
  9. Remember to regularly remove snow/debris from on top of your hot tub cover. Most covers are not designed to hold the added weight of snow. Laying a plastic sheeting (tarpaulin) over your cover will help prevent damage from a snow shovel, and light snow can be easily removed by simply pulling off and shaking the tarpaulin.
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Enjoy the luxury

So grab your robe, put your bobble hat on, fix yourself a drink and enjoy the luxury of your hot tub throughout the year by following our simple guide.
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Clarion Spa 3-step hot tub water care range

For two decades Clarion Spa have supplied the UK and Europe with our high quality and excellent value for money products. Comprehensive research conducted by our specialist chemists has helped us to develop an innovative 3 step hot tub water care range which promises to be: 
  • Chlorine / bromine free
  • Safe for you and your family
  • Effective 
  • Effortless and hassle free
Environmentally friendly Clarion Spa can provide you with effortless weekly water care with our patented  Active Silver Oxygen pouches, quarterly purge and drain deeper clean with our    EcoPurge Power Puck, and top up / refill your hot tub with our scale and contaminant free    Mineral Ball Water Filter. All these products can also help to extend the lifespan of your hot tub. There is absolutely no need for multiple, expensive, ineffective products and you should not need the additional expense of test strips and balancers etc either. Find out more about us and ‘top tips’ at Clarion Spa dot com.
Clarion Spa's Active Silver Oxygen
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Weekly Water Care

By simply sprinkling the contents of one easy-rip Clarion Spa Active Silver Oxygen pouch into your hot tub water once a week you can ensure maximum water sanitation and avoid potential health problems for you and your family.  That's it!  ONE product... NO measuring... NO spillages... NO pH test strips... NO pH balancers. Amongst other benefits, Clarion Spa's Active Silver Oxygen incorporates balancing buffers to do that job for you for normal everyday use.  Obviously if you do accidentally spill a drink etc in your hot tub you will negatively effect the pH balance and you may wish to test and balance the water accordingly, however this will all be done for you when you use next week's Active Silver Oxygen pouch. As the name suggests, Clarion Spa Active Silver Oxygen harnesses the effective gentle cleaning power of oxygen and silver with skin softeners.  It does NOT contain chlorine, diclor, triclor or bromine, which can cause a variety of harmful effects for both you and your hot tub.  
Clarion Spa's EcoPurge Power Puck
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Quarterly Purge and Drain

By popping Clarion Spa's environmentally friendly EcoPurge Power Puck into the hot tub skimmer basket or floating dispenser both initially and then quarterly (every 3 months) you ensure the elimination of scale, rust and bio-film deposits on your hot tub pipe work and the mechanical parts of the operating system.  Unlike most purge and drain products on the market you can rest assured that EcoPurge Power Puck is not just an inadequate degreaser, it is a 2-in-1 degreaser AND oxidisation designed for a thorough inside and out deeper clean treatment.
Clarion Spa's Mineral Ball Filter
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Water Refill and Top Up

Now you need to reduce your household water source hardness and it's nitrogenous materials and impurities such as chlorine, fluoride and trace metals e.g. copper, iron, mercury and zinc. This will help to eliminate scale formation and prolong the lifespan of your hot tub operating system. By effortlessly attaching Clarion Spa's Mineral Ball Water Filter to your garden hose with the free adapter when you refill and top up your hot tub water, you can combat this problem throughout the year.  Clarion Spa's Mineral Ball Filter uses environmentally friendly biodegradable 'Activated Ceramic' as it's purifying media as opposed to un-environmentally friendly 'Activated Carbon'. This activated ceramic media is penetrated with inorganic minerals.  Not only is this beneficial for the continuous maintenance of safe and clear water in your spa or hot tub, but it also benefits you the bather. These active ingredients are absorbed into your body, re-energising you and replacing vitamins and minerals that your body loses whilst relaxing in warm water conditions. 
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Investing in a new hot tub?

Are you considering investing in a new hot tub?  Clarion Spa’s recommended hot tub stockist for excellent quality and value for money is Project Pool who currently offer   free delivery and   free installation (to the UK mainland). Project Pool’s hot tub range includes their ‘Theatre Spa’ with integrated TV and sound system and a variety of ‘Swim Spas’ which provide you with a gentle or vigorous swim against resistance jets.
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Clarion Spa water care products
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Find out more...

All 3 revolutionary Clarion Spa products are available at your convenience to purchase via eBay where you can find out lots more about each product and how easy they are to use. Did you know that you can    SAVE UP TO 30% with our season and annual kits!  Find out more now at:  
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We have also produced some help guides for you to ensure you get the most out of your hot tub experience: Hot tubs should be a fun, relaxing experience for you and your whole family, but most importantly they should be SAFE!  Obviously please don't just take our word for it, do some research of your own and this will help you to make your own informed decision about the best hot tub chemicals to suit your needs. 
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Enjoy your hot tub and spa!

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