Home Sauna Buying Guide

Relax and unwind in the comfort of your own home sauna. This home sauna buying guide will outline the different types of saunas to help you make the right decision.

Saunas 101

Few things are more invigorating than a hot, relaxing sauna. In no time, the penetrating heat melts away tensions, unwinds tight muscles and leaves you revived and refreshed. From a health perspective, the perspiration induced by the sauna's heat helps detoxify your body and burn off excess calories. If you have a traditional sauna that uses heated rocks, you can add aromatherapy to your session, mixing essential oils with the steam to help moisten nasal passages. Infrared saunas use less energy and heat up more quickly, making it easier to fit a sauna session into your daily routine. 

Types of Saunas

Infrared Saunas
An infrared sauna, also known as a dry sauna, uses infrared rays to provide a deep, relaxing heat. Infrared heaters produce radiant heat that is absorbed directly by the body but doesn't heat up the room. Traditional saunas use temperatures as high as 91°C, whereas infrared saunas create a milder environment in the range of 49°C to 66°C. But since the infrared heat penetrates deeper into the body, vigorous perspiration is induced at lower temperatures. Infrared saunas also take less time to reach to their optimal temperature, usually 15 minutes or so.
Steam Saunas
A traditional sauna, also known as steam or Finnish sauna, provides higher temperatures and regulated humidity. The warmth is provided by a sauna stove or heater that heats up rocks inside the sauna. If you prefer a humid sauna, you can sprinkle water on the hot rocks to create steam. Some models also have heated walls and ventilation to help circulate the air. Give yourself 30 to 40 minutes to warm up your steam sauna to the optimal temperature. Steam saunas can be quite large, letting you have a more social sauna experience.

Sauna Safety Tips:

• Limit your sauna sessions to 15 or 20 minutes at a time
• 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

Sauna Features

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.

Television +

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:

• Showering beforehand will help keep dirt out of the sauna
• 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
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