Chapter 1 Topics

1-D: Beat the Heat

 (not just the cold)

beat the heat

Everyone knows that a hot tub is supposed to be… well, hot!  That’s its main purpose, so there’s no need to explain the obvious.  However, did you know that people also use their hot tubs to cool down in hot weather?  The thermostat can be adjusted to lower the temperature if that’s what you prefer. 

My wife is a sun-lover and enjoys being outside during the summer.  When she overheats, she hops in the tub to “chill out”, then gets back out to continue working in the garden, playing with the dog or ignoring the dog while being glued to her smartphone on the porch swing.  She’s often in and out of the tub several times a day.

Lots of parents tell me that their kids use the hot tub like a small pool during the summer – sometimes it’s the only thing that will get them out of their air-conditioned house during a heatwave.

Molded plastic or assembled above-ground pools are shallow, uncomfortable and fragile.  When they’re first filled, the water is freezing cold, then it slowly heats up to whatever temperature the environment dictates.  They look ugly, get filthy, are hard to keep clean, ruin the lawn and need to be deactivated/removed in the fall if they haven’t broken by then.   

A hot tub, on the other hand, offers comfortable seating in sanitized, filtered, temperature-regulated water up to your neck, with the added bonus of swirling water action, lighting and perhaps waterfalls.  Then it can be converted back to a hot tub when the weather turns.

So you see, a hot tub can be used both as an outdoor heater and as an air conditioner for your backyard.