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What is an infrared sauna?

An Infrared Sauna is a type of sauna that uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Infrared sauna heaters use carbon or ceramic heater tiles to provide a slow, steady heat in your sauna. Rather than providing heat from a single source in the center of your sauna, infrared sauna heaters create heat in different parts of the sauna to surround the user in a relaxing, warm environment.

This type of heating is sometimes ignored by sauna enthusiasts because it offers a different type of heat and operates in a different manner than the traditional sauna heaters mentioned above.

Traditional Saunas differ from infrared saunas in that they heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room whereas infrared saunas primarily use just radiation. Infrared saunas are also used in Infrared Therapy and Waon Therapy and although there is a small amount of preliminary evidence that these therapies correlate with a number of benefits including reduced blood pressure, increased heart rate and increased left ventricular function there are several problems with linking this evidence to alleged health benefits.

How is the sauna heated?

Traditional saunas including wood and electric heating types of heaters. A wood heating heater  heat up the room using a wood-burning fire. A chimney must sit overtop the fire to keep eye irritants and smoke out of the sauna. This method can be effective for creating dry heat, but it also takes a long time to heat up the sauna room (depending the size of the sauna room). 

However, The most common type for sale today are electric models. Common electric heater options include free-standing floor models and wall-mounted heaters. Due to the popularity of electric models, there are a variety of options to choose from. There are pretty wide range of power from 3kw to 18kw for your choice depend on your requirement - household or commercial use. Electric heaters will increase the cost of your monthly electric bill by a few dollars, though technological advancements have resulted in increased energy efficiency.

The most popular type is the infrared sauna nowadays. It can be used in two different ways. The first and most common way that infrared is used is to heat up objects inside the sauna room. Usually, special rocks or charcoal are placed in the center of side of the room and heated to extreme temperatures. The right types of rocks will not crack or show any issues under this type of strain, but will very easily heat up the whole room with a dry heat. Other items can be used, but most saunas prefer to use rocks or charcoal.

The other way that infrared technology used is by heating up the people in the sauna directly using infrared lights. This is a much more controversial method, and it’s not been accepted by as many sauna enthusiasts around the world, although it does have some supporters who say this method works the better than others.


You also have the option of choosing the latest sauna machine for sale produced today. Infrared sauna heaters use carbon or ceramic heater tiles to provide a slow, steady heat in your sauna. This type of heating is sometimes ignored by sauna enthusiasts because it offers a different type of heat and operates in a different manner than the traditional sauna heaters mentioned above.

Rather than providing heat from a single source in the center of your sauna, infrared sauna heaters create heat in different parts of the sauna to surround the user in a relaxing, warm environment. 

Steam rooms are less preferred than saunas simply because of the requirements of the steam generator. From a user perspective, you push a button and this activates a mechanism to summon steam. The mechanism is actually an electric valve in a steam generator which hits with somewhere around a gallon of cold water. The steam generator heats up with electricity and the water’s brought to a boil. A pipe provides a channel for the hot vapor to escape to the steam head which in turn fills the room with moisture. There are roughly two gallons of water used for every twenty minutes spent in a steam.

The final type of heater on the market today is gas sauna heaters. Like wood-burning sauna heaters, gas sauna heaters are ideal in areas where electricity is limited or unavailable, but where natural or LP gas is available. Due to their higher cost and limited availability, they are usually not the first choice for homeowners. Like wood-burning sauna heaters, these too are not meant for small saunas. Besides being costlier to ship due to their size, they also require a gas plumber or heating and air conditioning technician to ensure that gas lines and venting are installed properly. 

How frequently should I take a sauna?

As long as you are comfortable you can go into the sauna as often and stay in the sauna. You may enjoy Sauna every day as many do each morning or evening in Finland, or only once on Saturday evenings to relax on the weekend. 

But keep in mind that sauna is a stressor on your body. There’s a balance you have to walk with it. Sauna can help you recover from life and workouts. Too much though, and they can actually increase your fatigue. You can get the benefits of sauna with just two 20-minute sessions a week. Experiment to see what works for you and listen to your body. How long you stay in the sauna is also a question of comfort. If and when you start to feel uncomfortable or disoriented then it’s time to leave the sauna.

Which control unit should I select?
  • The controller is essential to a sauna room. 

A sauna is only fun if it has exactly the effect that the sauna user wants. Exact Temperature and humidity sensors as sauna control accessories make exactly that possible. With the sauna control system, a complete analog heater sensor is always included in the scope of delivery. If optimized temperature controls are desired or the special shape of the sauna cabin requires it, a second analog temperature sensor is available. For bio saunas with vaporizer sauna heater, an optional analog humidity sensor is available, which enables humidity control according to exact relative humidity. For steam saunas, a digital humidity sensor (sensor bus) is available for precise control according to relative humidity. 

  • External control of the sauna

An external sauna control is always superior to an internal heater control. Even the advantages of the market leader eos sauna heater Filius Control w with built-in control do not convince any demanding sauna lover. Sauna heaters whose control unit is integrated directly on the heater can only control the temperature and heating time - the simple cable laying from the sauna heater to the external control unit is worth it considering the multitude of functions offered by a high-quality eos sauna control unit. The practical advantages are complemented by the visual highlight that the premium Emotec d/h sauna control unit represents on the outside wall of your sauna cabin.

How do I select the correct heater power?

Once you have the idea to build your sauna room, you will need to consider the capacity of the sauna room and consider which one best suits the type of sauna you are going to build in your home. The most important factor to consider is the type of heat you hope to enjoy.

Infrared sauna heaters offer long, slow heating in your sauna. You won’t feel the intense heat that you experience in a sauna powered by an electric heater, but you will be able to extend your time inside the sauna and enjoy deep penetration of the radiating waves of heat. This is a great option for those looking for long periods of relaxation inside a sauna.

Electric heaters, on the other hand, are great for those who enjoy brief, yet intense sessions in their private sauna. You’ll be able to enjoy high temperatures and break a good sweat, but just remember that you won’t be able to spend as much time inside the sauna in any one session.

As with any purchase related to your sauna, take time to consider the utility infrastructure in your home (gas, propane, and electric) and available space before choosing the sauna heater for sale that you purchase.

The walls and ceiling of the sauna room should have good heat insulation, especially if the room is to be heated by means of an electric heater. The wall materials of the sauna, such as concrete, logs, glass, tiles, brick, glass bricks, etc., require a relatively powerful heater and quite a long time to heat up.

The larger the sauna is in terms of capacity, the greater the heater power should be to heat up the room sufficiently well to take a sauna bath. When approaching a heater dealer you should know beforehand what the wall materials are in your sauna and the capacity/inside area of the sauna. Air conditioning in the sauna room must be arranged in such a way that it does not cause the heat produced by the heater to be wasted.

Much research has been done on the proper air-conditioning system for saunas, and for many years this has been applied at the planning and implementation stages of sauna ventilation in any new construction. The steam room equipment suppliers' product brochure, available from the heater dealer, gives further detailed instructions relating to the choice of heater power.

How often should the heater stones be changed in a family sauna?

How often they are changed by and large depends on how much the heater is used.

If it is an average of twice a week, the stones should be changed once a year. It is a good idea to rearrange the stones occasionally, as they tend to crumble with use, making the area more compact and therefore obstructing the free circulation of air.

Good air circulation will ensure that the heater works properly and the resistors too will last a long time owing to lower temperatures at their surface.

What is the best temperature for a sauna?

This changes with the individual, as some people just can't handle the higher temperatures that other people might love. What we will recommend is that, for your first time in a sauna, you start off low and then build up high. There's no shame in not being able to handle 90ºC, so take it an inch at a time and when you find the temperature that's just right for you, you'll know your limit and you can decide on your own 'best temperature'.

Sauna vs stream room?

While the two are similar, there’s one major difference that separates the two; the saunas provide dry heat, while the steam rooms generate moist heat. Both help you relax and can open up your pores, but saunas in particular are far hotter than steam rooms.

What is the best time to use a sauna?

Since you feel more relaxed first thing in the morning or just before you sleep at night, it’s recommended you go during these times as this is when you will be the least stressed.

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