If you're planning a summer vacation and you use the ACE® Salt Water Sanitizing System in your hot tub, you might wonder if you need to do anything differently than usual. When you go a week or more without using your spa, the needs of your water care routine change. While the Hot Spring® spa water system is designed to make maintenance easier, it still needs a few moments of attention if you're headed out of town or if you won't be hot tubbing for a while.

•    Before you go on vacation, it's a good idea to change or confirm the Use Level of your ACE Saltwater System using your control panel. If you'll be gone for more than a week, you should adjust the settings through your console to Level 1.

•    If you'll be gone for two weeks or more, it's a good idea to shock your hot tub water, adjust your Spa Size setting and confirm that the Use Level setting is at 1.

•    If it's warm out and you don't anticipate any cold weather while you're gone for several weeks, you may wish to turn off your hot tub entirely. It's recommended that you do the system start-up routine twice a year, so going through steps when you return from vacation could be perfect timing.

It's important to make sure that your spa water control is set to release the right amount of chlorine. Consult with your ACE Control Panel Quick Reference Guide for details. If you have questions, check in your ACE owner's manual.

If you don't remember how to change or check the Use Level settings on your spa control panel, check out this short how-to video.