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Using Your 120V Plug & Play Spa (Winter Edition)

Using Your 120V Plug & Play Spa (Winter Edition)

A plug and play hot tub is a great option if you are looking for a feature-filled spa that is easy to set up, more portable, and has lower setup costs. Winter is here and you have questions about using these 120V plug and play spas – we can help! Here are some answers to commonly asked questions we get about our 120V hot tubs.  

Learn more about the difference between 120V and 240V spas HERE.

Can a 120V spa maintain the same temperature as a 240V spa? 

Just like a 240V hot tubs, you can heat our 120V spas up to 104°F. 

True or False: you cannot use a 120V spa through a Canadian winter. 

False – 120V spas can maintain a temperature up to 104°F even during freezing cold temperatures.  
How long will it take for my spa to heat up to 104°F? 

During the initial spa water heat up, 120V spas will typically take 24-48 hours to reach 104°F when filled with cold water.  

How can I best retain my hot tub heat? 

After your hot tub has fully heated up to your desired temperature, it is important to retain this heat. Here are some tips to help: 

  • Switch your pumps to low speed when possible. When you use your 120V spa with pumps at full speed in temperatures -10°C or colder, your spa will start to lose heat. This is because your spa cannot run the heater at the same time your pumps are on high.
  • Keep your cover on at all times when you are not using the spa. 
  • Consider adding a gazebo for added protection from the elements and privacy. 

Looking for more winter spa care tips? Check out THIS read! 

Does it cost more to run a 120V spa than a 240V spas? 

Yes and no. If you compare the exact same spa model running at 120V instead of 240V, yes, the 120V version will cost slightly more to power than the 240V spa as more power is required. However, when comparing our plug and play models (which are typically smaller), running a 3-4 person plug and play will be similar in cost to a 6+ person 240V spa (approximately $0.50-$1.00/day, which can vary based on various factors). 
Upgrading Your Spa Pack 

If you are still unsure about using your 120V spa in the winter, you can upgrade your plug and play spa to a 240V hardwired hot tub! This can be done at no additional cost to the spa as it is equipped to be converted to a 240V spa. Just hire a licensed electrician to do the wiring and make a couple small changes to the spa control pack.  

Interested in purchasing a plug and play spa for your outdoor space? Check out our plug and play spa lineup HERE, or contact us at 1-877-909-7727 or to speak with a hot tub expert who will help you choose your dream spa. 

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