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How a Hot Tub Cover Will Save You Money!

Burning Cash

The KLF aside (that’s a reference back to 1994), it’s not something most of us aspire too.  Without realising, your hot tub might be doing just that for you, merrily burning away your hard-earned readies, even when you’re not using it.

This sounds like a bad deal to us, so if your electric bills are heading skywards it could well be time to investigate further.

Check your hot tub cover

To start with the cover was your friend, keeping leaves and debris out of the water when your tub was not in use, and saving you money by providing insulation against the worst of the British weather.

But now things have changed.  The cover has put on weight and is now so heavy it’s too hard to for you to remove it on your own, unless you are prepared to risk your back – not exactly what you bought a hot tub for.

So, what’s gone wrong? 

Over time your cover has become water logged and saturated with water.  Perhaps there are some obvious signs of the wear and tear that led to this – tears and rips in the material, or the cover no longer fitting the way it once did.

“My hot tub cover doesn’t look as bad as this. 

Why should I change it?”

Damaged Hot Tub Cover

Once saturated your cover can lose up to 90% of its thermal value, meaning that your electricity costs will be much higher than necessary.  Don’t underestimate what this means in real terms – the cover protects heat loss from the critical area of the tub which loses most heat, i.e. ‘the top’. Depending on hot tub settings, other insulation standards of your particular hot tub & outside temperatures this could be costing you anything from £40 – £100 a month in wasted energy costs.  That sounds like burning money to us!

Is it just about heating bills?

Perhaps you’re on solar, or heating bills haven’t gotten out of hand just yet.  And you don’t mind the weight gain of your cover as you have a cover lifter installed.  True. these are nifty pieces of kit, but they are not designed to cope with saturated covers.  A water-logged cover might weigh in excess of 150kg – prepare for the steel bars in the cover lifter to bend and plastic brackets to break.

Is your hot tub used in a business setting (eg. a holiday let)?

If the purpose of your hot tub is to make money, rather than burn it, keep in mind that a heavy cover could result in legal action if a guest suffers from trying to use it.  This may seem unlikely but a US study showed that hot tub related injuries had increased by approximately 10% a year, every year over the 17 year study period.

“Lifting in excess of 100kg.

How hard can that be?”

My cover isn’t that bad!

If frost melts from your hot tub cover before it melts from other areas of the garden, this is a strong indicator that you need to take action to improve the insulation of the cover.  If your hot tub cover hasn’t reached the stage of needing replacement yet, there are a few of things you can do to both prolong its life and save money right now.

1) Add a thermal blanket: This will add another layer of heat protection to your hot tub and will be less expensive than buying a completely new replacement cover if your hot tub cover is still in good condition.  For example our 600 Micron Heat Retention Blanket can reduce water evaporation and heat loss by over 90%.  It’s possible that you will recoup the cost by energy saved within one year.  These blankets will also help protect the underside of the hard cover from chemically charged steam.

Hot Tub Thermal Cover - Silver

2) Fit a cover lifter:  Hot tub covers have an 80% better chance of surviving 5 years + with a cover lifter than without.  So does your back!

Cover Valet Rock-It Cover Lifter Understyle Mounting

3) Remove your hot tub spa cover: completely when you add chemicals – particularly ‘Shock’ or ‘Oxidising’ chemicals. Leave the cover fully open for at least 30 minutes. This is another good reason to use a cover lifter.

Cover Mate Easy, Spa and Hot Tub Cover Lifter

4) Give your cover some TLC:   The wrong cleaning products will strip the protective layer from the cover vinyl causing it to fade, crack and disintegrate.  Use a quality product like 303 Cleaner & Protector on your hot tub cover regularly. Not only will it look its best, but 303 adds UV protection. This is important because the original UV protection on Marine Vinyls will not last forever!

Cover Cleaner 303

5) Hose down (don’t jet wash) the underside of the spa cover once a month.

6) Handles and securing straps on covers are designed for ‘positioning’ and ‘securing’. They should not be used for carrying the weight of the cover – they will snap!

7) Always secure the locks when the cover is in place & always unlock them before trying to open/remove the hot tub cover.

8) Never drag the cover or scrape it against the floor, walls etc.

9) Don’t add too many chemicals:  Chemicals in the water vapour that comes into contact with the cover eventually causes the plastic wrapping around the inserts to become brittle and crack. Once that happens the foam inserts will quickly absorb moisture, become heavy and stop insulating properly. Poor water chemistry can also cause bleaching, puffiness within the vinyl and disintegration of the stitching.  If you use too much chemical this process can occur very quickly.

10) Don’t Delay:  If your hot tub cover is saturated, it will not dry out!  Waiting to replace it will not save you money, it will waste money.  A new cover will be an investment, if you choose wisely.  It won’t come as a surprise that not all hot tub covers are created equal.  We’ve written a guide that can help you understand the features that need to be considered when choosing a replacement cover for your spa.

Couple Walking to Artesian Tidal Fit Spa in the snow

5 Top Tips for using Your Hot Tub in Winter

5 Top Tips for Your Hot Tub In Winter

If your walk to the hot tub isn’t quite so convenient, you may wish to consider our top 5 tips for using your spa in winter!

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Using your hot tub in winter is a real pleasure – relaxing in the warm restorative water while enjoying the majestic snow covered landscape around you, or perhaps enjoying a luxurious soak while looking up at the stars on a crystal clear winters night.

A little advanced preparation will ensure that nothing spoils the fun!

Here are our Top 5 tips for enjoying your hot tub when the temperature drops:

Stay warm on the dash from house to hot tub (and back again!)

What?  The Dry Robe Short Sleeve Changing Towel

Why we love it:

  • Super Soft Italian Toweling
  • Anti-wind Chill design – prevents drafts
  • Light weight and fast drying – ready for your next plunge in the tub!
Dryrobe

Shifting Snow from the cover

What?  Clear snow off your hot tub using a soft bristle brush, not a shovel!

Why? A hard shovel or scraper can cause damage to the vinyl of your cover.

If you clear snow frequently, this will prevent any accumulation causing further damage to your cover.

A soft bristled snow brush

Don’t stand around in the cold lifting the cover

What?  The Cover Mate 1 Caddy Butler Lifter

Why we love it:

  • Stay warm while the lifter removes bulky hot tub covers quickly and effortlessly
  • Towelmate accessory hangs three of your dry robes close to hand where you need them most
  • Keeps your cover in good shape – and your back
Cover Mate 1 Caddy Butler Lifter

Stay on your feet on icy paths

What? We love these Crocs Sliders

Why we love them:

  • Good grip on the sole is essential as surfaces around the tub get slippery in the freezing weather
  • Stops dirt and debris tracking into your spa water from your feet
  • Quick and easy to slip on and off
Crocs Baya Slide Mens Sandal

Don’t blow your budget on heating bills!

What?  Use jets and blowers sparingly when it’s really cold outside

Why?  The air controls in your hot tub take air from inside the hot tub cabinet and push it through the jets. This added air makes for a fantastic massage, but it also lowers the temperature of the water – the air in the cabinet of the tub is quite a bit cooler than the water inside, causing your heater to work harder to maintain your set temperature.  Be sure to turn off jets when your soak is finished as the extra air can push up on the bottom of the hot tub cover, breaking the seal and allowing more heat to escape!

Artesian Spa Water Jet, underwater image

We hope some of these practical ideas will help you enjoy your hot tub even more this winter.

We would love to hear some of your top tips! 

New AquaFinesse After-Spa Body Lotion has got the office talking!!

AquaFinesse After-Spa Body Lotion

 

Whether you own a Swim Spa,  Hot tub or a swimming pool  are considering installing one. we have a beautiful new Body Lotion to suit you

 

Shower before, relax during, but what after?  bathing in water with chemicals can be very drying on the skin…..this brand new body lotion is your answer to that issue!   AquaFinesse have solved this post-chilling qualm with the new After-Spa Body Lotion!

 

 

What’s in it?

  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Lime Oil

 

 

Why should I use it?

The lotion boasts a myriad of natural, skin friendly ingredients which provide countless benefits.

  • The Dead Sea Salt contains vitamins which improve the skins lipid barrier, which helps to reduce fine lines and assists natural moisturisation.
  • Jojoba (Ho-ho-ba) Oil is another of the high quality ingredients in the AquaFinesse After-Spa Body Lotion, containing vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin such as Vitamin E, B Complex, Zinc and Iodine.
  • Jojoba Oil closely resembles Sebum, the oil which naturally occurs in human skin, as well as being full of fatty acids which fight inflammation and holding anti-aging properties.
  • Avocado and Lime oil are infinitely beneficial for many skin types.
  • Lime oil can help to heal infections and can even be used to fight infections.
  • Avocado Oil contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, as well as being high in Sterolin- softening skin and reducing the chance of age spots.
  • If that wasn’t enough, Avocado oil provides antioxidants which help sunburned skin- perfect for those days where you spend a little longer than usual in your spa!

Aside from all of these amazing skin benefits, the Lotion smells absolutely delicious. It comes in two scents, Papaya & Lemon and Apricot, which will leave you feeling like you’ve spent the afternoon in a tropical cabana.

 

Explore the rest of the AquaFinesse range!

 

 

How to look after your hot tub cover

How to look after your hot tub cover

Spa Cover Guide

 

 

Looking after your hot tub cover

The cover of your hot tub is what keeps the inside water clean and clear, keeps debris out and heat in, saving you on hot tub heating costs. It is important to look after it and keep it in great condition.

To look after your spa cover you must:

 

To protect your new spa cover from everyday damage:

 

Castle Hot Tubs sell the wonderful 303 Aerospace Protectant. This has many uses and is formulated to protect the outside of your spa cover offering the best protection from everyday wear and tear including UV damage. A cover lifter like this one will also help with keep the cover off the floor and scuff free

 

Cleaning and maintenance of your hot tub cover:

 

Why not add cleaning the cover to your regular deep clean and empty of your spa, a wipe down with a damp cloth will help to keep the inside clean and clear.

 

Some things to remember 

 

When it comes to caring for your hot tub cover remember to handle it with care.

A cover lifter will help you safely take the cover off and put it back on again without pulling on the skirt which can cause serious damage to the cover.

Always secure the cover with the cover clips, if yours are worn and need replacing please see our cover clips.

 

 

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