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When Should I Replace My Hot Tub Cover?

cascina_sand_cover_04If you’ve had your hot tub for several years, you may have started to notice some wear on the tub’s cover. Since it is constantly exposed to damaging elements, it is the most vulnerable part of the spa.

The cover of your hot tub has several key functions:

  • Sealing in your hot tub’s heat:  A well-fitting cover is essential to maintaining the energy efficiency of your tub.  Once the cover is damaged, heat can escape causing the tub to run continuously in order to heat the water, resulting in increased electric bills.
  • Maintaining a safe environment: A properly functioning, locking cover is essential to keeping children and pets out of the tub when unsupervised.
  • Protecting the hot tub from the elements: The cover serves as a barrier between the tub and blistering heat, freezing cold, and the entire range of weather conditions in between. It also protects the inside of the tub from dirt and debris, and keeps it from filling up with rainwater or snow. Protection from external factors like poor weather is essential to prolonging the life of your hot tub.

But it’s a hot tub, and it lives outside.  So over time, it will be exposed to elements that might begin to bend or disfigure the cover. If this happens, the cover can no longer effectively trap heat in your tub and should be replaced in order to prevent higher than usual heating bills.

moneyWaterlogging is another factor that can impair the hot tub cover. Over time, your cover may become saturated with water. If this occurs, your cover’s insulation can no longer do its job. Did you know that a waterlogged cover actually pulls heat from the spa much faster than air does? Continuing to use a waterlogged cover instead of purchasing a replacement will actually lose you money, as you’ll see your heating bill increase as you continuously re-heat your tub.

A properly functioning hot tub cover is also a safety necessity in homes with pets or children. The cover is the most important tool in keeping your hot tub area safe, as it prevents children and pets from accessing the tub. Though your cover is built to be strong and durable, it is not designed to hold a lot of weight and will weaken or break if misused. For this reason, it is important to keep children and pets off of the hot tub cover. If your cover has been weakened or broken, it is important that you replace it as soon as possible in order to keep your family safe around the hot tub.

Does it sound like your hot tub is ready for a new cover?  Simply call or stop by your local Freeflow dealer and they can get you set up with a brand new cover, guaranteed to keep your tub well insulated and safe all year long.

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