When you buy a hot tub, you make a long term investment in your health, vitality, and well being, so you want to make sure you know the perfect temperature for the best soaking.
Your hot tub works best when you use it regularly, and you’ll get the maximum benefit when you do. The best plan is to keep your hot tub hot and ready, set to the perfect temperature, and always ready for your daily soak.
In this article, we answer the question, “What is the ideal hot tub temperature?”
What is the best temperature?
The right temp is the best way to get the most out of your hot tub experience. There are a few things to think about. Let’s look at them.
First, the perfect spa temperature is a personal preference. We find that it depends on factors like a person’s age, health, and personal choice. There are, however, some recommended guidelines:
- Set your temperature at or below 104 degrees for adults. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that temperatures above 104° Fahrenheit (40° Celsius) are dangerous for adults because they can lead to heatstroke. For a comfortable soak, most people set their hot tub between 100° and 102° (37.5–39°). Healthy adults are safe to soak at these moderate temperatures for twenty minutes at a time.
- Start low, then gradually raise your spa temperature. Set your spa controls to 98° or 99°, and as you soak, increase the temperature gradually until you enjoy an invigorating massage without feeling overheated. If you have the urge to get out or sit on the cooling step after a couple of minutes, that’s a sign your water temperature is too high for comfort.
- Consider the preferences of everyone in the tub. When you soak with your friends or family members, consider the age and health of everyone in the tub, and set a temperature that’s appropriate for everyone in the group.
How long does it take a spa to warm up?
After you fill your spa up for the first time, you want to let it sit for about 18-24 hours to let your spa reach a temperature of 100°F (38°C).
Once you’ve done this, and you are enjoying your hot tub on a daily use, make sure that it’s always ready for the best massage and hydrotherapy.
To do this, simply set your spa to your ideal temperature, then close the cover, and leave the thermostat set at that level.
Hot Spring spas feature insulated cabinets, custom-fitted covers, and energy-efficient circulation pumps that work together to maintain a steady temperature while conserving energy.
Will my utility bill increase?
Your spa utility costs will vary depending on the model and how much you use your hot tub. It’s worth noting that Hot Spring Spas are energy efficient. All of their models are certified to the California Energy Commission (CEC) requirements. California sets the standard for energy-efficient hot tubs, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your spa is designed to keep costs low wherever you live.
Should I ever change my normal temperature setting?
While we recommend a “set it and forget it” approach for convenience, energy efficiency, and the longevity of your spa, there are some times to consider dropping water temperature by a few degrees:
- When you’re exercising in your hot tub – doing stretches or yoga.
- When the outdoor temperature is high, or if you yourself are overheated from exercise or illness.
- If there are others in the tub who require a lower temperature.
What temperature is best for arthritis relief?
A hot tub soak is good for you! The heat of your hot tub improves blood flow. It can also help improve your joint flexibility, and it can provide relief from arthritis pain.
You can even do hot tub stretches and exercises in your hot tub. You can experience these benefits at relatively low temperatures – so set your spa at around 100° to start, and raise it to suit your comfort level.
You will enjoy a daily soak to help you recharge and emerge refreshed with a Hot Spring spa warm and waiting in your backyard
If you’re ready to add a hot tub to your backyard, get in touch with us today! If you already own a hot tub, we hope this article answered the question about the perfect hot tub temperature.