When people buy a new hot tub, they often wonder what temperature they should keep it at. Ultimately, a hot tub is for your relaxation, so any temperature that you find relaxing is best, although experts recommend that the temperature should go no higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius.
In fact, most spas cap the temperature at 104 degrees because any higher could become unsafe for extended use.
Even though 104 degrees is a commonly set temperature for hot tubs, it comes with an advisory—temperatures over 100 degrees are never recommended for pregnant women, persons with high blood pressure, or persons with heart disease.
You should also use caution if you have any skin conditions as higher temperatures can irritate them.
When to Keep the Temperature Lower than 100 Degrees
If you plan on using your hot tub with young children, consider dropping the temperature lower than 100 degrees. Children tend to heat up quicker than adults, so they’re more likely to overheat. No matter what temperature you set your hot tub at, be sure to keep an eye on the youngsters in the water.
If you are exercising in your spa, it’s a good idea to keep the water temperature below 90 degrees. When doing an active workout, it is safer to keep the temperature lower than average as to prevent heat exhaustion.
Ideal Temperature for Warm Water Therapy
Warm water therapy can be an be an excellent treatment for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia or chronic pain issues. This is because warm water increases circulation, making it easier to do therapeutic exercises.
If you are doing warm water therapy with rehabilitative movements, 98.6 degrees is the temperature that most people prefer.
Those who are recovering from an accident or stroke find 88 to 92 degrees to most comfortable.
At the end of the day, whatever feels comfortable for your body is the ideal temperature. Listen to your body and remember that the hotter the water in your hot tub, the shorter your soak should be. You don’t want to overheat!
If you have any questions about your new Valley Pool and Spa hot tub, feel free to contact us today! We’re always happy to help.