How to Heat a Hot Tub Without a Heater & SAVE ON ELECTRICITY BILLS

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Owning a hot tub means you already know how long it takes your tub model to heat up. All spa’s cannot be the same and are different. Nevertheless, there are cheap and faster ways you can heat the water up.

But first, let’s answer a quick question

Can You run a hot tub without the heater? You can use a hot tub without a heater. However, ensure power is not cut off. The pumps need to be circulating the water through the filters to ensure proper water quality and avoidance of buildup of algae and bacteria.

By switching the mode to sleep or economy, it will reduce the heating cycles and lower the temperature by as much as 20 degrees.

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How to Heat a Hot Tub Without a Heater?

We share some quick yet effective ways you can heat tub without a heater:

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You can heat a hot tub faster with jets. That is because a hot tub jet disburses the heated water throughout the tub more efficiently and breaks up any cold pockets hanging around in the pipes.

Insulation and a decent cover over the hot tub with/without the het will trap the heat inside.

Note: If after following the steps above you still face trouble heating up your tub very fast, the issue could be your heater.

If your spa has been serving you good for quite some time, then it’s possible it’s just not working as well. If that be the case, you should replace it if you can.

WAIT A SECOND…. Being old isn’t the only possible reason your heater might be acting up. It could also be possible that you just own a weaker model and you could use a more powerful one.

I recommend checking with your local retailer or hot tub manufacturer to find out if there are better models available to you.

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Note: Never pour hot water in your hot tub spa to raise the temperature faster. Why? The shell of your spa could get damaged if the water is too hot. Hot tubs are crafted to withstand temperatures up to 104°. If you still want to pour it in, then it might be OK, if the boiling water is not over 200°.

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How to Improve Hot Tub Energy Efficiency

On a minimal, hot tubs will increase your electric bill by $50. So, we will be showing some ways to keep that cost even lower.

  • Use a cover

By using a hot tub cover, you increase your chances of heating up your tub way faster all the more while keeping your energy consumption rate low.

You also get less maintenance hurdle.

  • Shield Your Hot Tub Area

Snow or Cold air cools off the water in your hot tub really quick. So, it’s best to put a wind block up around it or in a protected area.

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The wind block can be panels, trees, or fence. Whatever you can get to shield your HAVEN from elemental forces.

  • Reduce the Thermostat

By simply turning the heat down a couple of degrees, you can save more on your next electric bill. This is wise if you’re going to be away for a while too.

Note: If you’re following this route, ensure you keep it well above FREEZING IN WINTER MONTHS. 50° is basically fine.

How to Heat a Hot Tub Without a Heater

  • Know when to heat your water

Electric companies charge you more when you use power during certain times of the day.

For instance, in the U.S, you get charged more in the peak hours of:

Summer: 10 AM – 8 PM

Winter:  7 AM to 11 AM/5 AM – 9PM

Bearing this in mind, you can save some more money on your electric bills.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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