Make Your Hot Tub a Cool Tub This Summer!

Too hot for hot water? No problem! The Cover Guy has an easily way you can turn your hot tub into a cool tub. Make your hot tub one of the best places to cool off and enjoy the relaxation benefits year-round.

Turning your hot tub into a cool tub is easy and quick! All you have to do is turn the heater off! For the fastest turnover,  take the cover off and keep the jets running. The temperature of the water will drop quickly.

To keep the water cool and refreshing during the summer, keep hot tub covers on during sunny days and anytime you’re not using it. To help bring a chill to the water, let the jets running at night on cooler evenings.

Unlike a pool hot tubs are insulated. The insulation will help keep the water temperature cool and resistant to the warm summer sun.

Cool hot tubs are also popular with kids, it’s like having their own personal pool.

Turn your hot tub into a cool tub, kick back and cool off in style!


  1. Joyce May 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Live in Florida and levels are good but the fumes are bad and makes you cough when opening the cover. Can you leave cover off during summer months? I like the idea of making a cool hot tub. We do keep it 95-97. Should I lower it to 75-80? Would like your input on this.


    1. The Cover Guy September 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Joyce,

      It may be hard to keep your hot tub at 75-80 in the florida summer, it wont hurt any of the equipment or the chemicals so I would suggest what ever temperature you feel comfortable with is fine.

      The Cover Guy

  2. Kathy Simmons May 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Is it better to put the spa in ‘sleep mode’ or ‘economy mode’ too make it a cool spa????

  3. Shirley November 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

    CoverGuy, can you confirm that putting ice or running water from the hose to cool your hot tub is an okay practice to get the temp down quickly?
    Also, are there salt water hot tubs? And can they also be used as “cool” tubs?

  4. Meredith July 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Hi! So is it safe for pregnant women to use the “cool tub” I know we are not supposed to go in hot tubs because of the heat, but are all of the chemicals safe for pregnant ladies?

    1. jaylabelle August 18, 2012 at 1:27 am

      Hi Meredith great question, but this is outside my knowledge base you should check with your doctor.


  5. David March 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I just inherited a hot tub in pieces. My wife and I are not interested in connecting it all up… is there a way to just buy a new pool pump, equipment, etc and use it as a cool pool all the time? We are not investing in a pool cause we are moving soon and this solution may work. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

  6. Bruce September 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

    We have just bought a mobile home in a park, in Florida that does not have a pool but is close the beach. We were wondering if a spa tub would be able to be kept a a lower temp for the warmer summer months.

    1. The Cover Guy September 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Hi Bruce,

      Yes you can keep your tub at a lower temperature. This is a fairly common practice in the more Southern areas. We actually did an article on this that received a lot of replies. The only thing is if it is 110 degrees out, no matterwhat you try keeping your hot tub cool in those conditions is hard to do. Hope that helps.

      The Cover Guy ~ Jay

      1. John June 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        What about ice? I’ve heard that you can freeze one or two gallons of water in plastic containers and throw them in.

      2. jaylabelle August 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        John that seems like a cool idea 😉

  7. Thelma July 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    We have turned our “hot” tub into a “cool” tub. Love it! It’s so refreshing always wondered if this could be done. Loving the new “lightwieght” cover. And the recipes. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  8. Jamie July 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    We live in Texas and have turned the hot tub down to economy (circulates/heats less) and 80 degrees. It still reads 108. How do I get this thing to cool down? I’ve tried leaving cover off but we have trees and birds so that will not work. The cover I guess is soaking up the sun and heating the water! We can’t use it at all. Please help 🙂

    1. The Cover Guy July 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Jamie,
      Unfortunately if you have a great insulting tub, the weather is hot, and your tub already has warm water there is no way to bring the temperature down unless you leave it open during cooler weather (ie night time). A hot tub is a lot like a thermos and will retain the heat especially in the warmer weather. What we would suggest is to try something like a cover cap. Although a cover cap is not a alternative to a hot tub cover for safety reasons, it would keep the debris out of the tub while allowing it to cool down a little, but this can only be used if your backyard is secure, again for safety purposes.
      If you would like more information on the cover cap please visit our web site at and click on accessories. The cover cap is listed there.

    2. Mark September 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      I had the same problem with my tub here in Las Vegas. The problem wasn’t the heat from outside. When the tub was made the pump was wired wrong. The tub controller would turn on the pump to do the normal filter cycle but the pump was wired to run on high speed. When the pump runs on high speed for this long the water heats up. Check what speed the pump is running on during the filter cycle, if it is running on “high” it is wired wrong, should be on “low”. On some spas you can also change the number of filtering cycles per day and length of filter cycle, maybe shorten this and also save some money. Good Luck!

  9. Kathy June 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

    We are enjoying the hot tub heat even in the warm weather. We keep the temperature at 95 and it’s wonderful.

  10. gary edwards June 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I love the customer service i read about here as well as the service i have personnaly received keep it up ..I will recommend you to my friends who will need replacement covers


  11. Chuck Zupan June 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Bill, u can also get a hold of some of your local auto dealers and see if they have people that come by from time to time and fix tears in upholstery including vinyl.

  12. Gary June 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Running the jets will actually heat up the water as it gets heat from the pumps. If you turn on the bubbles at night, when the temperature is cooler while you are in it, the pumps won’t heat up the water as much.

  13. Becker June 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Linda what about the chemicals for keeping the clarity etc… is it the same or do you use something different?

  14. christian June 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Hey what happened to the comment? It wrote 5 comment but only three where there, did you erase some comment?
    I don’t put the heater off but i put it so low that it’s the same.

  15. Ed Murphy June 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I have been doing this for years… was “chillin” in the “cool” tub last night while my neighbours were in a panic getting the pool opened up!

  16. Bill Wardekker June 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I love the idea that you can use your hot tub as a cool tub! Should have thought of that myself!

    Got a new cover and lift last year and couldn’t be happier! I did have an accident with the cover and its got a small tear in it…..any suggestions how to do the repair?


    1. The Cover Guy June 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      We are so happy to hear you love the cover. We appreciate your feedback!
      We can offer two options for that tear: we can send our a repair kit which is a transparent adhesive material that will seal like a tape to fix the tear, or we can look into getting you new vinyl. We appreciate your business so on the new vinyl we will pass along our cost price and take care of the shipping cost for you. Please get in touch with one of our staff to proceed with either one of these options.
      You can contact us by phone or email
      Thanks again for your comments.

  17. Jodi June 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

    For the cool tub….do we still add all of the chemicals we normally do when the tub is a hot tub?

    1. The Cover Guy June 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      That is a great question and I am glad you asked. In short you will still need to keep your same levels so test as often as you do now. But look for the consumption of your chemicals to go way down as hot water breaks down your sanitizers quicker.

  18. Linda Sneed June 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

    turn the water off? Don’t you mean the heater?
    I put mine on summer mode which heats only every other day and turn it to lowest setting 80 degrees. We keep a cold hose sprayer when we float on rafts in tub to keep cooler..
    I did not understand turn water off I have no incoming source of water unless I fill w/cold water.

    1. The Cover Guy June 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for catching that mistake. It would be pretty silly to just turn the water off. 😉
      Hope you are enjoying the weather,

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