Home Sauna Buying Guide
Types of Saunas
Sauna Safety Tips:
• Rest for at least ten minutes after using the sauna
• Rehydrate by drinking plenty of water
• Sweat glands become less efficient with age, so elderly people are more prone to overheating
• Avoid using the sauna if you have a heart condition
• Never drink alcohol in the sauna
• Don’t run your sauna too hot as this can cause burning
• If you feel dizzy, nauseous or get a headache, leave the sauna immediately
Infrared Heaters +
Infrared heaters are heat lamps that aim infrared waves at your body to provide warmth. Because it’s a radiant heat source, it warms your body directly, rather than warming the air in the room. The experience is similar to being outside on a cool day and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin. Infrared heaters consume less energy since they heat you directly.
Sauna Rocks +
Steam saunas use sauna rocks both to help regulate the temperature in the sauna and to produce water vapour, or steam. Once the rocks are heated, they emit heat into the sauna at a steady rate. By sprinkling water on the hot rocks, you increase the humidity level, which allows more heat to transfer from the rocks into the room.
Cedar or Hemlock +
Most saunas today are made from cedar, but hemlock is also a good choice. Choose hemlock if you have allergic reactions to certain types of wood. Cedar will give your sauna that traditional pleasant sauna smell. Cedar has the added benefit of being bacteria resistant. Pick the wood that will work best for you and your family.
Coloured Light Therapy +
You can relax and reenergize more effectively with the addition of colour therapy lights to your sauna’s interior. Many holistic medical practitioners believe that specific colours have therapeutic value and help promote better health and wellbeing.
Radio/CD/MP3 Player +
Enhance your sauna experience with the right mood music. Many saunas come equipped with interior audio systems so you can easily adjust the volume or change the song or radio station. The speakers and controls are designed to withstand the sauna's high temperatures and humidity levels.
Enjoy a sauna session and catch up on your favourite television shows at the same time with a sauna television. The screens are heat resistant and so are the controls, so you can flip through the channels without leaving your seat.
Reading Light +
If reading is more your speed for sauna entertainment, ensure your sauna comes with a built-in reading light. You'll enjoy browsing through a magazine or reading a chapter of your favourite mystery series while luxuriating in the warmth of your sauna.
Hot Tub +
Like saunas, hot tubs relieve tense muscles and mental stresses. You can install both a sauna and a hot tub, and choose one or the other on a given day, or use both for an extended session of warmth and relaxation.
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Sauna Maintenance Tips:
• Avoid showering with soap or shampoo as the perfumes will evaporate in the sauna, causing unpleasant breathing
• Replace floor mats and towels regularly
• Avoid using wood treatments or finishes on the sauna interior
• If the wood splits, sand it down to remove rough edges
• Prior to sanding, cover all elements and vents with plastic bags to keep wood particles out
• Make sure doors are hung properly to maintain a good seal