The leaves are turning golden and the nights are drawing in, but just because autumn is here it doesn’t mean you need to pack your Lay-Z-Spa away just yet (at least not until the ambient air temperature falls below 4°C!). During this time it is important you keep on top of spa maintenance in order to ensure your hot tub in prime condition! Below we have some top tips for maintaining your spa in the autumn months.
1. Insulate your Lay-Z-Spa
With the Autumnal minimum air temperatures likely to dip to around 6 to 8°C on average in the UK, an insulated spa will help your spa maintain its heat while reducing the power consumption of your Lay-Z-Spa pump. A well-insulated spa will therefore reduce energy costs and speed up the time it takes to get your spa to the desired temperature. There are a number of ways you can ensure you're keeping as much of the heat in the spa as possible and preventing it from escaping into the Autumn air:
Often overlooked, using the Lay-Z-Spa Lid is a great way to prevent heat loss and save money! Keep it securely zipped, tied, clipped or fastened to ensure your spa stays insulated when it’s not in use
Helping with insulation and minimising the loss of heat through the base of the spa, a Lay-Z-Spa Floor Protector can also add protection to the bottom of the spa.
Spend less time heating and more time enjoying your spa by placing it near a windbreak! Be it a fence or wall, both can act as a great wind shield, preventing temperature loss and ultimately saving on heating costs.
2. Tackle Wet Grass, Falling Leaves and Other Debris
However gorgeous and colourful the autumn leaves are, nobody wants them floating around in their Lay-Z-Spa. They cause all sorts of problems including cloudy water and filter blockages so it is important to prevent them getting in. Below are our top tips for keeping your hot tub debris free.
Ensure your Lay-Z-Spa lid is fitted
Keep your Lay-Z-Spa lid on your spa when you are not using your hot tub. By doing so it will remove the possibility of debris like leaves and twigs from falling into your spa.
Shower before entering your spa
Showering before every use of your hot tub helps to wash off natural oils that accumulate on your body as well as any deodorants, moisturisers etc. helping your filters last longer, and reducing the quantity of chemicals that you need to use.
Skim your water after use
Skimming your spa water after use, will help to keep the water chemical balance at an optimum level whilst prevent your spa filter becoming blocked with leaves and other debris. Our All-In-One Cleaning Kit contains everything you need to remove any stubborn debris, slime or mildew.
3. Maintain your Filter Cartridges
Keeping your hot tub’s filter cartridge in optimum condition is essential to ensure the most efficient operation of the pump.
Checking your Filter Cartridges
We recommend that between each use and at least every 3 days that you should remove the filter and remove any debris. To check your filter cartridges you will need to do the following:
- Turn off the filtration function on your pump
- Remove the filter housing unit from inside the spa,
- Unscrew the filter housing unit and
- Remove the filter cartridge and remove any obvious blockages to increase flow rate and improve heating efficiency.
Cleaning Your Filter Cartridges
Every 3 days or after each use, simply hose the cartridge down to clear any stubborn dirt and residue that may be causing a blockage. This practice will also help to prevent algae growth. If you are struggling to remove the dirt or the filter paper has become hard, it’s time to replace it.
Replacing your Filer Cartridges
Every few weeks depending on intensity of use, old filters should be replaced with new ones (especially when they become harder and discoloured). We recommend changing your filter cartridge once every 2-3 weeks during periods of heavy use.