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Hot Tub Shopping Tips

A hot tub is a wonderful addition to any home. It is a relaxing escape from the stresses and pressures of modern living, and can provide you with hours of therapeutic soaking. Whether you decide to put yours in indoors or outside, there are a number of things to consider when shopping for a new spa.

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Hot Tub Winterization Tips

by Terri Greene

Most hot tub and spa owners from colder climates prefer to keep their spa open for the cold winter months. If you have ever been in a hot tub in the middle of a major snow storm, you will understand why. For those of you that haven't had the opportunity to try it, you really ought to. It is truly an amazing feeling to be soaking in the tub in sub-zero weather as the snow swirls in the air above. However, if you do feel the need to drain your tub for the winter the following tips should set you in the right direction.

The first thing you need to do is drain the water from your tub. This can be accomplished a number of ways. Most hot tubs and spas come equipped with a drain. Simply attach your garden hose to the drain connection, and allow it to drain. One way to do this is to place the end of your garden hose in the tub and run the water for a moment. While the one end of the hose is still in the tub, disconnect the other end from the tab and connect it to the tub drain. The water ought to flow when you remove the hose from the tub.

This would also be an ideal time to remove your filter cartridges. It is also important to drain the water from the water blowers. To do this, simply turn the air blowers on and allow them to run for a minute or so. You may want to leave the lid on the tub while you do this. When this is complete, you should disconnect the power supply to the tub. If your tub was properly installed, it should have a dedicated circuit on your circuit panel. Turn off the power by flipping the switch on the circuit panel.

Be sure to loosen the couplings on your heater housing and on your pumps. As well, you should also loosen any other drainage valves that may be on the equipment. This will allow any other water to drain from the system. Many people like to place antifreeze in the lines during the winter. This is not a bad idea, but it is not really necessary if you can get all of the water out of the lines. Use a Shop-Vac to remove any remaining water. The only thing left to do is replace your spa cover, and close your control panel. Repeat these steps in reverse, for a proper start-up in the spring.

About the Author

Terri Greene writes for hottubsandhomespas.com - a resource for anyone interested in Great Lake Hot Tubs, Aloha Pools and Spas, Arctic Spas and more.

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