Nothing quite compares to the feeling of slipping into a hot tub at just the right temperature. Stress melts away and aches and pains seem to disappear. Finding the perfect hot tub temperature may take some trial and error, but it’s worth experimenting with various water temperatures to find the right fit. Dialing in on you and your family’s temperature preferences will help you get the most out of your hot tub experience.
What Is the Right Temperature For My Hot Tub?
104°F is considered to be the standard maximum temperature for your hot tub or sauna. However, most users prefer a water temperature in the range of 100°F-102°F.
Other users find that they prefer to keep their water at body temperature, which is 98°F. There is no right or wrong, but your age, health, and preferences will influence what temperature you like best.
The season may also influence what temperature you like to keep your sauna. In cold winter months, some owners like to increase the temperature. They enjoy the drastic difference between the water temperature and the air temperature.
Then, in spring and summer months, you might lower your spa temperature to 99°F – 101°F, particularly if you live in an area with a warm climate. You’ll still enjoy the relaxing warm water, but you won’t need to keep your spa as hot because the air temperature is so much warmer.
Pregnant women should always consult their doctor before getting in a hot tub.
Children under the age of 5 should not be in hot tubs over 95°F, and should only remain in hot tubs for 5-10 minutes at a time.
Why Is It Important to Find the Right Temperature for My Hot Tub?
Continually raising and lowering your temperature will increase your operational costs and add to the wear and tear of your equipment. Finding the right temperature will ensure that your hot tub is just how you like it every time you go for a dip.
How Long Does it Take to Warm Up a Hot Tub?
Exactly how long it takes to warm up your hot tub depends on three main factors:
- The water temperature
- The air temperature
- The size of your hot tub
Most hot tubs will typically warm up somewhere between 3 and 6 degrees per hour. For example, if your air temperature is around 76°F, it will take about 4 hours for your hot tub to heat up. If your spa or hot tub has a cover, leaving the cover on while it’s heating up will help you warm it up faster.
What Temperature Should I Keep My Hot Tub When Not In Use?
Many people think that lowering their hot tub temperature when not in use will help them cut costs and conserve energy. However, it actually has the opposite effect. Your hot tub uses more energy to heat up the water than it does to maintain a warmer water temperature. Using your hot tub regularly can actually extend the life of your spa and help curb energy costs.
Keep your hot tub at your preferred temperature and use a cover (if you have one) to help hold in the heat, particularly in winter months.
Can I Use My Hot Tub to Cool Off?
Yes! You have lots of options that allow you to cool off in your hot tub.
In areas with low humidity, the air temperature typically drops as night falls. We find evening soaks to be a great way to cool off and relax if you live in an area with cooler evenings and hot, sunny days.
Some hot tub models allow you to lower the temperature to the same temperature you would keep a swimming pool. This is a great option if you crave a cool dip on a sweltering day but don’t have a pool. It’s also perfect for kids who want a place to splash and swim but it’s not age appropriate for them to spend an extended time swimming at higher temperatures.
New technology allows some models to cool your hot tub down for the afternoon, then heat your spa back up to your preferred temperature in time for an evening soak.
Enjoy a Daily Hot Tub Routine
Many people report that regular time in a hot tub helps them fall and stay asleep at night. Studies show that you go into a deeper sleep as your body temperature falls. Some medical experts recommend that you soak in water for 15-20 minutes at approximately 103°F about two hours before bedtime.
A hot tub raises your internal body temperature 1-2 degrees. Then, as you drift off to sleep, your body temperature will drop, promoting sound sleep. Additionally, if you are prone to sore muscles and joint stiffness, the warm water can help ease aches and pains.