When your hot tub is not in use, the heat from it can escape and it might take a lot longer for it to heat up again. For this reason, you may want to purchase a hot tub cover. However, choosing the right cover can be difficult if you don't know where to start. The best time to choose one is when you are purchasing your hot tub for the first time.
Why Choose a Cover When Buying a Hot Tub
If you are choosing a hot tub from a respected brand, they will also be able to recommend a high-quality hot tub cover brand. Generic covers that are made by lesser-known brands tend to be of lesser quality.
How a Hot Tub Cover Works
A hot tub cover will use foam that is designed to keep heat trapped in your hot tub. The less expensive covers will use various types of recycled foam. However, if you are aiming for a hot tub cover that will provide you with the maximum amount of insulation, you will need 100% virgin closed-cell polystyrene foam.
The thickness of your hot tub cover will be based on where it will be kept. For example, if your hot tub will be outdoors, you will need a thicker foam cover to prevent the heat from escaping especially in a snowy climate. If you purchase a less expensive cover when your hot tub will be outside in cold weather, it may feel like your hot tub is never warm.
Other factors that affect how warm your hot tub will include:
- Hot tub skirts
- A heat seal
- Center support
You will also want to choose a vinyl hot tub cover that will last longer.
Hot Tub Security
In addition to keeping the heat inside, you will want to keep intruders out. Pests might be attracted to the warm enclosure of the hot tub. Straps can keep the hot tub locked down so it's harder for an unwanted intruder to get inside.
The Cover Handle
While it might seem like a minor detail, you'll want a cover handle that is comfortable to use. Then, you'll be able to remove the cover more easily without risking damaging it. Padded handles are the most comfortable to use. Also, you'll get more use out of your handle if you choose a cover with dual-stitching.
To learn more information, reach out to a hot tub store near you.