Winter has arrived bringing frosty temperatures, white snow-covered landscapes and cheerful holiday gatherings with friends and family.
It’s also one of the favorite times of year for hot tub owners to enjoy the unique experience of bracing the cold trip to their backyard hot tub before sinking into the comfort of swirling, warm water.
As you watch the steam float into the evening air, you can almost catch a glimpse of snow-capped mountains in the distance… or at least imagine it!
Whether you are a veteran winter-time soaker or are building up the courage to try it for the first time, here are six tips to make your winter hot tub experience amazing:
#1: Skip the Shoveling
Skip the shoveling! Hot water that falls on the deck or a shoveled pathway to the spa can freeze and create slippery surfaces. One way to avoid this is to forego shoveling a path to the hot tub. Instead, make a path of towels from your door to the spa. Not only does this help prevent icy surfaces, but it’s a more comfortable surface for bare feet!
#2: Moisturize Your Skin
Cold weather can cause dry skin. Give your skin an extra moisturizing treatment by putting a few drops of Insparation Aromatherapy into the water. These products (available at all Arvidson locations) are infused with vitamins, extracts, and moisturizers and come in a wide variety of enticing scents.
Stock up the week before Christmas when all Insparation scents are 20% off. You can also order online using Coupon Code weekly1219 from December 19 through Christmas Day 2016.
#3: Set the Mood
Create a winter wonderland atmosphere with candles and/or white lights. This is especially beautiful on nights when snow is gently falling!
#4: Where’s the Cocoa?
Where’s the cocoa? Don’t forget to enjoy a hot cocoa or your favorite warm, holiday beverage either while in the spa or immediately following your soak. This is extra special with a dish of Christmas cookies! (Try Nadine’s Italian Lemon Drop Cookie Recipe!)
#5: Save Energy
When you leave the hot tub, take a moment to ensure that all the cover flaps are down and not folded back. Give a small push to the front of the cover to make sure that the hinged sections touch and there are no gaps for warm air to escape. If you see icicles forming on the cover then you know the cover isn’t on properly or may be water-logged.
#6: Avoid Common Cold Weather Mishaps
Take extra care to ensure that your filters remain clean throughout the winter months. If the circulation and heater pumps don’t have adequate flow, your hot tub could go into protection mode and shut down. If that happens and you aren’t aware of it, there is the risk of freezing the plumbing. “I always start out the winter season with new filters or at least a new circulation pump filter,” says Nadine Nuzzo, Arvidson Retail Division Manager
If it’s time to trade up, stop by or call our hot tub experts at each store to learn about special year-end savings of 25% off all 2016 models! Plus, during this giving time of year, Arvidson will donate $50 to charity for every hot tub sold in December 2016.
Winter-time soaking can be magical! Brave the cold and give it a try … you’ll be glad you did!