Sauna Buying Guide
Saunas offer many health benefits including detoxification and relaxation among other skin and cardio benefits. For this reason, in home saunas are becoming very popular. Saunas are essentially available in two types: dry heat and steam heat. As a dry heat type, far infrared saunas give off radiant heat that warms the body directly without having to heat the air first, similar to the sun. This means they can create the health benefits of heat without the very hot air that can be problematic for some. When compared to traditional steam models, far infrared saunas heat quicker, increase sweat output, decrease discomfort, assemble quickly and take up less space, cost little to run, use safe heaters, and are easily moved. With this kind of comparison, the choice is easy. The guide below will explain the basic features, and you can also browse infrared saunas online.
The heaters in infrared saunas can be either ceramic or carbon. Both accomplish the same task but distribute heat differently. Ceramic heaters have high emissivity, are rod-shaped for optimum disbursement, and last an average of 9,000 hours. Ceramic heaters warm up quicker and produce an intense heat perfect for intense sweat sessions. In comparison, carbon heaters also have high emissivity, flat flexible surfaces, and last an average of 18,000 hours. Carbon heaters are more durable and give off a more gentle, therapeutic heat while still offering the same health benefits as ceramic heaters. Ultimately, the decision comes down to the lifespan of the product, your intended uses, and budget. For optimal safety and performance, ensure your sauna is ETL certified and made by a trusted manufacturer.
Sauna Wood Type
The wood of the room is also an important consideration in terms of appearance, durability and smell. Two of the most preferred woods for saunas are Hemlock and Cedar, with hemlock being lower in price. Hemlock is a lighter colored wood, sourced from Canadian hemlock trees. Hemlock has a slight natural wood aroma and is non-toxic and non-allergenic. Cedar is a darker colored wood sourced from Canadian cedar trees. Cedar has the classic natural cedar aroma and is anti-bacterial and non-toxic, but a small number of people are allergic to cedar. When selecting the best sauna for your home consider the aesthetics you prefer and your budget.
Determining where you will use your sauna is an important part of selecting a unit. If you are using the infrared sauna indoors, measure the space's width and depth as well as the ceiling height. Outdoor infrared saunas can be placed virtually anywhere with a platform and power supply. Saunas are typically meant either for use indoors or out, so it is important to check before buying. Those meant for in home use will not have the necessary finishes and electrical components to work safely outside. Outdoor saunas are made from durable woods or bamboo and sealed to withstand the elements.
Once you know where you will place your new infrared sauna, you can determine how much space is available. Consider how many people will typically use the sauna in your home and compare this with your available space. Two person saunas will require a space about 4ft square, 3 person saunas a 5ft x 4ft space, and 4 person saunas a 6ft by 4.5ft space. Single person and corner sauna models can make the most of smaller spaces. Most saunas will also require ceilings at least 8ft high. Larger saunas will require greater amperage, so that is also a consideration for installation.
Sauna Features & Accessories
Lastly, consider the comfort and entertainment features when selecting a sauna. People often enjoy listening to music while relaxing, so having a built in sound system with radio and mp3 can be very useful. Interior and exterior lighting will also add to the style of the vanity, and chromatherapy, or color changing lights, can further boost your mood. Other comfort features to look for include back rests and easy-to-use control panels.