Nothing beats the comforting warmth of your spa after a long day. But how hot should your water be for maximum relaxation?
The truth is, there’s no one answer to that question. Individual preference, the length of your soak, your health, and even your age can be a factor in determining the perfect hot tub water temperature for you.
To help you find your ideal heat setting, we’ve compiled some helpful hints to help you safely enjoy your spa to the fullest.
Heat Lovers Unite
If your motto is ‘the hotter the better,’ you’ll likely prefer your spa’s highest heating setting of 104°F. As long as you’re healthy and are 14 or older, there’s no reason why you can’t crank your spa to the max.
At this temperature, however, 20 minutes is the maximum amount of time you should spend in your hot tub. Any longer than that and you could run the risk of dehydration or, worse, heatstroke.
By limiting your spa time to 15-20 minutes, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the health benefits your spa has to offer at no risk.
If you love hanging out in your spa for long periods of time, a few minor modifications will be in order. As long as the hot tub water temperature is dialed back to 98-100°F, you can soak in your spa for up to an hour, as long as you feel comfortable.
While marathon soaks are fine for most healthy adults, they aren’t recommended for pregnant women or children. If you’re a healthy senior, a longer soak should be fine, but it’s wise to check with your doctor first.
Can You Soak in a Hot Tub While Pregnant?
As much as you might enjoy the relief a long, relaxing soak can bring to your sore back and feet, experts recommend limiting spa time to 10 minutes. Pregnant women are also urged to lower the hot tub water temperature to 100°F or less.
Despite shortening the duration of your soak, your spa time can offer a lot of relief to your aching body. While the jet massage attacks muscle tension, the buoyancy of the water removes stress from your joints, allowing you to relax fully.
How Hot Tubs Help with Arthritis
Heat can bring a lot of relief if you have arthritis, but that doesn’t mean you should crank your spa to its highest setting.
Research has discovered that moderate heat is most beneficial for easing joint pain.
The sweet spot for those with arthritis is 100°F. It’s hot enough to relieve pain, but not so hot that it will exacerbate inflammation.
Young Children and Your Hot Tub
Hot tubs are a great way for families to spend time together in a relaxing setting. In fact, children four and over can safely soak with you as long as you have a spa booster seat for them or they’re tall enough for their heads to be above the water.
Children under the age of 12, however, need one additional safeguard: a cooler hot tub water temperature of 98°F or lower. Kids don’t have the ability to cool themselves down by sweating likes teens and adults do, so allowing children to soak at higher temperatures can be quite dangerous.
If you don’t enjoy the lower temperature, you can have your kids do partial immersion. Sitting on your hot tub’s bench or jump seat will keep their upper bodies out of the water and allow you to enjoy a warmer temperature.
Find Your Dream Hot Tub at Arundel Pool and Spa
Need more tips on how to get the most out of your hot tub? Arundel Pool and Spa is always available to help you learn the ins and outs of hot tub ownership.
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