As the weather gets cooler, you're probably thinking about hopping into your nice, toasty hot tub more often. While hot tub heaters do a nice job of making the water warm and comfortable in chilly weather, there are a few ways to keep them from working harder than necessary. This preserves the life of your hot tub heater and conserves a little bit of energy at the same time.

Leave the cover on when you're not using your hot tub. This keeps the heat inside so that the water is hotter. It also slows down water evaporation and minimizes refills with water and hot tub chemicals.

Create a wind block. Stiff breezes cool down the water faster. Use windbreakers like walls, screens, trellises and fences. These create a little bit of extra privacy, too, as an added bonus.

Snow Days
If it's been snowing and you want to enjoy the crisp air and scenery that only snow can bring, be sure to clear off the outer ledges of your spa before you get in. Melting snow may run off inside the tub and cool down the water. Keep in-water snowball fights to a minimum.

Awnings and Canopies
If you have trees above your hot tub, knock off the snow from the lower branches before you take off the cover. Heat from below will cause the snow to melt and fall from the trees. Consider a canopy, too.

Take advantage of strong sunshine when using your hot tub. Roll back the awnings. The sun's radiant heat energy will help to heat the water naturally while you're in it, preserving your hot tub heater.

Water stays hotter with fewer people in the water. When trying to conserve energy, limit the number of people in your hot tub.

While hot tub heaters are pretty durable, they may not last as long as your hot tub. We carry several hot tub and spa replacement parts. When your unit needs a new heater or another element, Hot Tub Spa Supplies probably has it. If you don't see what you're looking for here on our website, contact us. We might be able to help you find one for your model.