These days, it takes so much more than comfortable beds, free WiFi and access to HBO to attract people to your hotel. And it's also more than clean rooms, friendly staff and affordable rates. What amenities does your hotel offer a guest that would make them want to stay with you instead of the competitor hotel across the street? A heated pool and a bubbly Jacuzzi can be a huge selling point when trying to attract guests that are trying to decide between hotels to make reservations at. On a hot and sunny day, it would make any hotel manager pleased and relieved to look out at the pool and see the lounge chairs filled with happy and relaxed guests, splashing in the pool and enjoying themselves and their surroundings to the fullest. It's a good sign when your guest's biggest problem is that they can't decide whether to order a blended margarita or a pina colada.
Beyond keeping your pool and spas clear and clean, keeping them at temperature is equally as important. It may seem like the difference of just a few degrees of pool or hot tub water might not matter or make a difference to your guest swimmers, but actually, even the slightest variations in temperature can turn an enjoyable pool day into a disappointing or even a dangerous one.
So what exactly is an ideal temperature for your hotel pool and spa? Let us help you out!
It would be wonderful if everyone had the same tolerance to water temperature because it would be so much easier to set and maintain a universal standard temperature for pool and spa water. Unfortunately, it's just not the case, because actually, everyone has different preferences when it comes to the water temperature of the pool or hot tub they are soaking in. But even with variances in water temperature preferences, there are some guidelines that must be adhered to when it comes to keeping hotel pools safe, clean and comfortable.
According to American Red Cross, 78° F is a safe and appropriate temperature for swimming. But when they mean swimming, they don't mean splashing around and doing handstands in the pool swimming, they mean competitive lap swimming. Actually, setting your recreational hotel pool to 78° F might be too chilly for most guests that are there to swim leisurely, but is usually set to that temperature in lap pools because the cold water promotes heavier breathing and faster heartbeat to keep warm. For your hotel's recreational pool, where guests are most likely playing rounds of Marco Polo and diving for pool toys, temperatures between 80° F- 84° F are ideal.
There are, of course, consequences for pools and spas that fall out of ideal temperature range. Pools with water that is too warm can be harmful to swimmers in a number of ways. Dehydration, muscle cramps and overheating of the body are just some of the complications that swimmers can face when pool water is too warm. High pool temperatures can also have an effect on pool maintenance. When temperatures of the pool water are too high you face the problem of a higher rate of water evaporation, which means you will have to fill your pool with more water, more often, to ensure adequate water in the skimmers. What's more is that high water temperatures and high evaporation rates also lead to the quicker consumption of chlorine and other sanitizing agents from the pool water. Because algae flourish in warmer temperatures, vacuuming and cleaning the pool more often is a chore you'll be forced to undertake.
Hot tubs, if you can believe it, can also get too hot, and when they do, you'll be putting your soakers at serious risk. Health experts have come to an agreement that hot tub temperatures should never exceed 104° F. Usually, setting your hot tub to stay at 100° F is considered safe for healthy adults. Take note because temperatures, even just a few degrees above the safe range, can cause drowsiness to occur that could lead to unconsciousness and drowning. Hot water, inevitably, will raise your body temperature, and thus, your blood pressure that may also lead to stroke or death. Pregnant women also need to take extra precautions when soaking in a tub of hot water, because exposure to water above 102° F can cause serious fetal damage and result in the birth of a brain damaged or deformed child. They are consequences, we can bet, that no hotel manager or owner wants to take responsibility for if they don't have to.
But excessively warm water temperatures aren't the only things hotels need to worry about. If you guessed that cold water could be equally dangerous to swimmer health, then you guessed right. The obvious hazard with cold water is that, beyond being extremely uncomfortable, cold-water shocks the body. There are very dangerous scenarios that can arise when pool water is too cold. For one, it can have fatal effects to the swimmers heart. For those with heart problems, cold water makes them extremely susceptible to cardiac arrest. Did you know that cold water drains heat from your body 25 times quicker than cold air? When swimmers are overwhelmed with extreme cold, they can become unconscious, which can lead to drowning.
Because the range for safe and comfortable temperatures for swimming pools and spas is so slight, it is important that hotel management and property maintenance staff carefully and continually monitor water temperature. But staffing people just to check pool temperatures hourly, even in the late hours of the night? It's a task that seems not only unrealistic, but also, costly and daunting. But, we have good news for hotel owners and managers. With low-cost and easy-to-use, continuous, automated temperature monitoring devices, proper water temperatures of your pools and spas can always be guaranteed and you no longer have to worry about pool and spa temperatures falling out of range without a timely alert. Plus, you can feel a little bit better about the health of your swimming and soaking guests. Let them continue to struggle over their beverage choice, not the temperature of your pool. Believe us when we say that cutting corners when it comes to water temperature isn't worth the nightmare of consequences that could erupt. If you tune in next week, you can learn more about monitoring the temperature of your hotel's gym and why it's important for your guests who can't go without their morning workouts.
Kate Hofberg, Epicurean Essayist
Temperature@lert’s resident foodie from sunny Santa Barbara, Kate Hofberg, creates weekly blog posts, manages the content database, and assists with the marketing team's projects. Balancing a love for both the west and east coast, Hofberg studied at University of California Santa Barbara, where she received a Bachelors in Communications, and Boston University, where she is currently a Masters candidate in Journalism. Before coming to Temperature@lert, Hofberg trained in her foodie ways through consumption of extremely spicy, authentic Mexican food with her three brothers and managing a popular Santa Barbara beachside restaurant. Through her training and love of great food, she brings fresh methods of cooking up content. When Hofberg is not working on Temperature@lert marketing endeavors, she serves as a weekly opinion columnist for the Boston University independent student-run newspaper, The Daily Free Press. If time permits, Hofberg enjoys long walks, reading, playing with her cat, and eating pizza. Her ideal temperature is 115°F because she loves temperatures as hot and spicy as her food.