It’s true, hot tubs as a rule operate at high temperatures. It’s also true that in summer most people are not looking to immerse themselves in something else hot and steamy when it’s already that way just being outdoors.
That said, there’s some surprising news for those of you thinking about getting a hot tub. Not just adults — but kids — love hot tubbing in summer.
The reason families love hot tubs in the summer is, unless someone is needing the hot tub for some specific hydrotherapy needs, it is easy to turn the spa’s water temperature to a refreshing 82-85 F degrees F, or simply turn the heat off completely, much like with swimming pool temperatures.
Another reason kids love the hot tub in summer is, in the cooler months, hot tub water temperature is kept up over 100 degrees F — a temperature that isn’t safe for younger children. But when the spa water is at a lower temperature in summer, the hot tub offers them play time — all the time.
All it takes to change the spa water temperature is the push of a button. So as soon as the outdoor temperature gets oppressively warm, it requires nothing but a panel adjustment to ensure the spa water is perfect.
“Spa owners not only can cool off in their hot tub in summer,” says Bill Renter, owner of Best Hot Tubs, “but your spa offers the added benefits of massage jets no matter what temperature the water is..”
Bill adds that he’s not suggesting that a hot tub is a substitute for a much larger swimming pool in summer. But, if a pool isn’t possible due to budget, local codes, or property size, it’s a great option.
Pools and Spas Got Together
In addition, people frequently want a hot tub in addition to a pool. For one thing, they can use their spa 12 months a year, including fall, winter, and spring, when the pool is closed. But even in the warmer months, after an evening in the pool, kids often beg to “warm up” in the hot tub — which can be set at a temperature safe for children that is still a bit warmer than the pool.
Of course, as you’ll see from some of our photos today, another reason kids love hot tubs is they are an ideal size for their smaller bodies. And depending on the spa model, quite a few kids, as well as adults, can fit in one at the same time.
A few tips for cooling off in a hot tub in summer:
— As long as you keep the hot tub sanitized, and the water is circulating/aerated by operating the jets, there are no concerns about using a hot tub in summer;
— Keep your hot tub cover on when not using it. It will take less time to reduce the water temperature;
— If you turn the heater completely off in the warmer months, you’ll use less power to operate the hot tub and save money;
— When you are in a hurry to get the spa water cool, remove the cover and run the jets, which will cause the water temperature to drop quickly;
— When it’s very hot outside, and the kids (or adults) are in the hot tub, have a hose or sprinkler nearby for refreshing sprays when the sun is beating down.
— You may find the kids enjoy the hot tub so much, it’ll be worth investing in some waterproof board games, etc.
While parents do need to be in charge of water temperature and supervise younger children using hot tubs, as long as the hot tub is supervised, kids love the bubbling waters.
Kids love making a splash. Be it in a pool or a roomy comfortable hot tub.