Winter is very much here to stay, and things could get colder over the next couple of months. For many people, this is the perfect time to own a hot tub. Getting home after a long day when it’s cold outside and sinking into that gorgeous hot water and bubbles is one of the great pleasures of spa ownership. For others, however, winter is a time to stop using the tub until things warm up again.

Here’s some key decisions that you need to make.