For some reason saunas are simply not as popular as they are in many other countries around the world. People from Finland, Russia, and Estonia more or less have regular sauna visits engrained in their culture. It’s for good reason too, a nice trip to the sauna can leave your body feeling incredibly relaxed, revitalized, and ready to take on the next day.
Choosing Your Sauna
If you’ve put any thought into buying a sauna, you’ll certainly have noted that they come with a hefty price tag. They take a lot of wood to make and the heater draws an awful lot of energy, so it’s important that they are made with quality components.
When you’re buying a sauna there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. The quality of the heater is probably the most important. All too often saunas are sold with undersized heaters that will not only take a really long time to get to temperature, but they also might not even get hot enough to provide the sauna experience you’re looking for.
The other main thing to consider is how large you want your sauna to be. Is this something that your whole family is going to use, or is it more for your use alone? The size of the sauna is going to drastically influence the price. Since they aren’t cheap, you don’t want to plan on upgrading your sauna at a later date if you can avoid it.
A few other large things to consider before you make your purchase. The first is that your sauna will likely require a 240V connection, meaning you’re going to have to consult an electrician to do the installation. If you’re buying an infrared sauna that may not be the case, but it’s almost certainly true with traditional sauna styles. The other thing to consider is the wood that the sauna is made from, but we’ll dig into that a little more in a second.
Consider Going Infrared
If you haven’t heard about them before, infrared saunas are definitely worth checking out. They offer many of the benefits that traditional saunas do, but they are available at a fraction of the cost. Like traditional saunas, they can be found in a range of sizes from a one-person capacity to a four-person capacity and beyond.
They can also be made in a variety of different wood types much like traditional saunas. You can opt for hemlock and cedar if you like, but based on user experience many people find that the odors that these woods create can be offensive and even downright nauseating.
The advantages of woods like cedar and hemlock are obvious – they have superior rot protection and they may even ward off insects. However, the rot protection is probably not even necessary in a sauna, as they should be relatively dry from all of the heat that they put off. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your sauna then the wood choice is something you should probably take seriously.
If you’re interested in bringing a sauna into your household an infrared design is worth considering. They may not be a perfect fit for you, but they shouldn’t be disregarded nonetheless.
What Is Best For You?
Truth be told, an traditional sauna is most likely going to be the preferable option for most people. They are the tried-and-true technology that people have been relying on for centuries – especially in the northern countries. That said, there are definitely reasons that you might want to go infrared instead.
First of all, they are much more affordable which puts them within the budget of more people around the country. Secondly, they operate at lower temperatures so they can potentially put less stress on your body. If stress on your body is a concern for you, this may be a better route to go. As always, make sure you talk with a doctor if this is your concern as no one else will know better than them.