Sauna buying guide
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter177 guides
Health, enjoyment, relaxation and leisure are all words envoked by a sauna. Using dry heat from an infrared sauna or moist heat from a traditional sauna, the effects have proven benefits on the body. Partially or completely enclosed, there's nothing like a good sauna steam session to cleanse one's self.
What is a sauna?
What are the different types of saunas?
Without adding water, a temperature of 90 to 110 ° C can be attained, but with a very dry air. Steam saunas have been proven to have re-invigorating and re-energizing effects.
What features are important to consider?
Infrared ceramic or carbon
Traditional Sauna or Infrared Sauna?
To be assured of making the right choice, consider the following elements:
- A traditional sauna is energy-intensive compared to an infrared sauna, the most powerful of which are three-tiered;
- The heating time of a traditional sauna is three times longer than that of an infrared sauna;
- The temperature of an infrared sauna is around 60 ° C, while that of a traditional sauna easily exceeds 85 ° C;
- Ceramic heating elements, commonly preferred for use in infrared saunas, have long warranties - a minimum of 5 years is recommended;
- The moisture level is higher in a traditional sauna due to the generated steam;
- The installation of an infrared sauna is simpler compared to a traditional sauna - largely due to the lack of any electrical installations or steam barriers;
- Some saunas have advanced features; - chromotherapy, known as color light therapy - aromatherapy, commonly known as aroma diffusion - or music therapy;
- The number of seats and the available surface are crucial factors if you plan on multiple people sharing it;
- The saunas (more specifically steam rooms) can be designed for outdoor or indoor use ;
- Due to it's intrinsic properties red cedar is perfectly suited for the construction of sauna cabins, and further supports forest conservation;
- A long warranty, a minimum of 5 years, is a sign of quality and should always be favored;
- Health-wise, the traditional sauna is not recommended for people with respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
Finally, always review factors pertaining to your physiological needs, your budget, the installation process and the frequency of use. Included sauna accessories, the potential number of users and a dedicated time slot are also important factors to consider.
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