Hot tubs are known for providing that soothing relief from pains and for giving an overall body relaxation by warming up the body.
But what if you don’t want a hot bath? Hot baths are great and all but there are times when you are so tired due to the stroking heat and all you just want to do is relax in cold water with a glass of chilled cocktail. I know, I’ve been there too.
So you wonder if you can use your hot tub cold, can you? You sure can. You need to turn down the temperature of the tub and ensure the water is cold enough for you.
But there is more to using your hot tub cold than just filling it with cold water. You need to know how cold your water should be, what chemicals to add, and if at all cold baths are good for you. Let’s take a trip into the world of “cold tubs” to find out. See what I did there, “cold tubs!”
Can a hot tub be cold?
If you are wondering if your hot tub can be used cold, the answer is Yes!
Your hot tub can be used cold. Though the hot tub is commonly used with hot and warm water, you can still enjoy a cool refreshing dip in your tub. Some hot tubs come designed with a cool-mode or cold-mode on the temperature panel that allows you to alternate between warm and cold baths.
If yours doesn’t have that feature, it’s no big deal. You can simply switch off the heater, remove the hot tub cover, drain the warm water in the tub, and add cold water into the tub.
If you don’t feel like draining the water, you can also turn off the heater or lower the temperature of the tub on the temperature panel, remove the cover, and turn on the jets. The jets keep turning the water till it cools. When you have the desired level of cool, you can enjoy that cool refreshing bath you are longing for.
Most hot tubs give the user the luxury of turning down the temperature of the water to as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). Once you have lowered the temperature using the temperature panel, you can enjoy a cool and refreshing bath. Well, that’s what we are made to believe.
In actual fact, the water in your hot tub is not going to get as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). Most hot tubs will keep the water temperature at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) even when you adjust the temperature panel to the lowest degree.
The 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) water temperature might not make much difference for you especially during the summer period when the weather is usually hot. So what do you do to get your water temperature lower? There are different ways to go about this. Keep reading to find out how.
How Can You Lower the Water Temperature in Your Hot Tub?
There are two main methods to easily lower the water temperature in your hot tub.
Switch To Sleep Mode
For starters, you can switch your hot tub from the standard-mode to the economy or sleep mode. If you didn’t know this, then you probably have been raking in high power supply bills for your home.
To do this, simply turn off the heater, leave the cover off and switch the hot tub to sleep mode. The economy or sleep mode helps to save the amount of electricity or energy that your hot tub uses to keep the water at a sizzling temperature for you.
Luckily, this feature can also help to reduce the temperature of your hot tub, though the temperature isn’t just going to drop drastically. It will take a while, usually a day or two.
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Add Cold Water
You can also add cold water into your hot tub. This method is apt if you are in a hurry or if you can’t wait a day for your hot tub to cool down.
Simply drain the hot tub and fill it with cold water from your tap. The water from your tap will always be colder than the water in your hot tub.
The water from your tap will range between 49 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius) to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) depending on where you stay and how cold it is there.
So, if you need that cool refreshing bath, adding cold water to your hot tub might just be for you.
Before you submerge yourself in that cold refreshing water, you should add some chemicals and sanitizers to the water. Don’t sweat it. These aren’t chemicals that would harm you.
Do I Need to Add Chemicals to a Cold Water Hot Tub?
Yes, you need to add chemicals to your cold water hot tub before submerging yourself in it. The chemicals are required to treat the water in the tub to ensure it is clean, safe for you and also to maintain the tub. Chemicals help to prevent bacteria, germs, and algae from forming and growing in your water.
The germs do not only pose a threat to you but the tub too. A poorly maintained tub will start to show signs of discoloration and corroding after time.
Without treating the water in your tub, the tub is going to become a breeding space for all sorts of germs especially bacteria. If you feel using cold water in your hot tub would kill or get rid of the bacteria, you probably did not pay attention in biology class.
Bacteria can withstand colder temperatures than humans. This means regardless of how cold you set up your cold water hot tub, as long as you can bath and stay in it, the bacteria can withstand the cold too. Therefore, you need to treat the water regularly with chemicals so you don’t have to worry about hot tub related infections.
The water in your hot tub is different from that in your bathtub. With your bathtub, you drain the water or empty the tub after having your bath but the water in your hot tub is left there for weeks and months in some cases. Luckily, treating cold water hot tub isn’t as lengthy as treating hot water.
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What Chemicals Should I Add to My Cold Water Hot Tub?
The chemicals used to treat hot tubs are generally called “spa chemicals.” Basically, with your cold water hot tub, you just have to worry about the cleanliness and maybe the ph level. The question now is what chemicals should you add?
The sanitizer is hands down the most important chemical to be added to your hot tub. The sanitizer is what keeps the water clean, germ-free, and safe.
Still, you just don’t go out there and get the first sanitizer you see. There are different types of sanitizers to choose from. You can pick “Chlorine” which is the most common due to its pocket-friendly cost and effectiveness in getting rid of germs.
You can also vie for “Bromine”, “Minerals”, “Biguanide” and some people use the “salt-system”. Any of these will do a good job. We wouldn’t dive into the types of sanitizers here. We will discuss that in another article on this website.
Ph Increaser or Decreaser
You have to ensure that the cold water in your hot tub isn’t too acidic. If it is, it can eat away and discolor the working parts of your hot tub.
If you are planning on using your hot tub with cold water for just a brief period, you can bypass the whole process above by getting a water clarifier. A water clarifier will ensure the water is clean and good enough for you to submerge yourself in.
Water clarifiers are however not a substitute for the normal care and cleaning process of your tub. You should only use them for temporary purposes. If you want to buy one, any of the “Leisure time” water clarifiers will be a great choice. You can get them for as low as $15 on Amazon.
Why Use Cold Water in a Hot Tub?
Primarily because of the hot weather and the time it takes your hot tub to cool down. There are cold days when a hot bath is needed or you just want to sit by the fireplace and read a book or look at old family pictures.
There are also hot and hectic days when all you want to do is submerge your body in cold water. If you had one of such days, then the last thing on your mind is to increase the burning feeling you are already experiencing by dipping your body in hot water.
All you want to do is take a cold refreshing bath in your tub. Then you find out the water in your hot tub is not cold enough and it would take a day or two for it to cool down completely after you set it to sleep mode or turn off the heater.
Hey, hot tub! No one wants to wait that long. So you drain the water in the tub and get cold water in there from your tap. That’s the common reason anyone puts cold water in a hot tub. So they can enjoy a cold refreshing bath.
Is Bathing in Cold Water Good for You?
The simple answer is yes, doctors have advised people to add cold baths to their daily routine especially if their daily activity involves a lot of tiring tasks. Cold-water is good for you but not every time. After strenuous activity or a stressful day, you are advised to have a cold bath.
The cold water helps to speed up recovery and reduce pains and soreness in the limbs and other parts of the body. This is why athletes take ice-baths after a match, run, or any activity of the sort. Cold-water holds a lot of benefits to the human body.
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It Improves Blood Circulation
Cold baths help to improve the blood flow in your body. Let’s have a short biology class reckon. As your body gets colder, your heart pumps more oxygenated blood which is what keeps your body functional.
The blood is transported through your veins to keep your internal organs warm (remember we are warm-blooded). If you schemed through that short session, then you don’t like biology.
In simpler terms, as your body gets colder, more blood is circulated in your body system to keep your body warm.
This serves as a workout session for your internal organs. Are you clear on that now? Cool. Let’s move on.
Cold Baths Reduce Inflammation and Soreness
After a long day walking about, your body might feel sore and weak. A cold water bath will reduce inflammation, soreness, and pain.
Cold-water Helps With Weight Loss
According to a 2014 research study carried out in Sydney, cold baths reduce fat through some form of hormonal activity. Who knew? If you are looking to get rid of some excess body fat by doing nothing, cold baths might just be your lucky charm.
Cold Baths Give Energy
Don’t panic, we are not having another class session. It is simple. More blood flow means more energy.
If you have had an experience with high blood pressure or any sort of medical condition that prevents you from temperatures too high or too low; it is advisable to stay clear of cold baths in the tub.
Can You Put Ice in Your Hot Tub?
This is a controversial subject when it comes to using hot tubs. Most people believe adding ice to their hot tubs will hamper the effectiveness of the tub.
Will it? No. Contrary to what most people think, adding ice to your hot tub will not damage the hot tub in any way. You can put blocks of dry ice in your tub if you feel the need to or if the water from your tap isn’t cold enough for you. Though I highly doubt that.
Yes, adding ice to your tub is a great and fast way to lower the temperature of your tub quickly. If you want to, you should switch off the heater and drop the blocks of ice in the tub. You will notice a drop in the water temperature on the panel display. However, we wouldn’t advise it regularly. Ice baths are largely suited for athletes who perform strenuous activities so they can recover faster and even they do it under close supervision.
Ice baths aren’t advised for people who have high blood pressure and people that have preexisting cardiovascular disease.
Even if you are perfectly fit, constant ice baths in your hot tub will do more harm than good to your body. Constant ice baths will constrict the blood vessels and impede the flow of blood in your body.
We advise you to just go with the cold water method from your tap but if you need an ice bath, ensure you do not submerge your body in the water for over 10 minutes or you risk getting hypothermia and muscle stiffness from the cold.
How Cold Should My Hot Tub Be?
Generally, you should keep the cold water temperature in your hot tub between 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and 82 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).This water temperature will feel very pleasant and cold enough for you.
However, it is still not that simple. While this water temperature should be good enough for just about anybody, you still need to consider some factors.
- Your age: it is not appropriate for kids below 10 years of age and elderly persons above 60 years of age to stay in the water as cold as 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) for too long. Anyone between ages 15 and 50 can withstand the cold for about 10 to 15 minutes without any side effects.
- Your medical condition: people with a history of high blood pressure, respiratory issues, and any other sort of medical condition that limits someone’s exposure to adverse cold shouldn’t take cold baths. If you must, a short shower is more advised than submerging yourself in cold water for minutes.
- How hot the weather is: the higher the temperature of the weather, the colder the water you want. Usually, a water temperature of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (degrees Celsius) should be cool enough for any warm or hot temperature. Rather than reduce the temperature of the water below that, we advise you to stay in the water for a longer period. Maybe 15-20 minutes.
- How long you can withstand the cold: this factor is all you. Different people have different resistant rates to cold. However, you shouldn’t push yourself past what you can’t take.
There you go. If there is any part of using your hot tub with cold water that you feel we haven’t discussed, kindly let us know by leaving a comment below.
If you are planning on taking a cold bath in your hot tub, ensure to adhere to every health-care routine that accompanies the process. Enjoy your cool refreshing bath.