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All you need to know about Infrared Sauna…

How long does an Infrared Sauna takes to heat up?

For a Far-Infrared room, a person may begin bathing when the room is turned on, since the infrared energy is being emitted by the heaters; however, many bathers would prefer to wait until the room is 110 F (43 C) or hotter. Once a quality infrared sauna is turned on with an ambient room temperature of 70 F (21 C), the sauna should exceed 100 F (37 C) within approx. 15 minutes.

How hot does an Infrared Sauna get?

The temperature for a far-infrared sauna is usually set between 120F and 140 F (48 C to 60 C)

How does an Infrared Sauna work?

In a far-infrared sauna, the heat waves penetrate the body to effectively heat the body and raise the body core temperature. To achieve this increased temperature, Far-infrared emitters create infrared energy which is close to the same wavelength as that which the body naturally emits often referred to as the “Vital Range” of 7 to 14 microns, so the energy is well received by the body. The infrared energy deeply penetrates the skin and warms the muscles and joints. When the energy enters the body, it causes the body temperature to increase and ultimately results in perspiration.

How long should I stay in an Infrared Sauna?

The length of recommended use is approximately 10 to 15 minutes per session. However, due to the lower air temperatures and the ability to feel the effects of infrared heat faster than a traditional sauna, it is not uncommon for a person to spend a total of 20-30 minutes in an infrared sauna. There are many medical practitioners, especially here in Canada, who prescribe 30-minute infrared sauna sessions for their patients. Please closely monitor how you feel and act accordingly while using the Infrared Sauna. Be sure to drink plenty of water during the breaks between sessions.

On what kind of underground can I install my Infrared Sauna?

Infrared Saunas are installed inside. A safe and hygienic underground like tiles, vinyl flooring or hardwood floors are suitable. Carpets and other absorbing surfaces are not suggested.

How much energy does an Infrared Sauna need?

In an infrared sauna, it’s important for the emitters/heaters to remain on almost constantly. Thus, even though most of the energy is turned into efficient infrared energy, Infrared saunas are designed for almost continuous operation of the infrared emitters. The Infrared heating system is typically 1.5-1.7 kW using a 120-volt 15-amp plug-in service. Since the room can be used sooner than a traditional sauna room, we will assume the room is used for ½ to ¾ of an hour including heat up time. At 11 cent per Kilowatt per hour, a two-person infrared room will cost 18 cents to run for 1 hour, but because the IR sauna most likely not on for a full hour, realistically the room will cost about 10 cent per use.

Are there any special requirements before I can operate or install my Infrared sauna?

Even though most Infrared Saunas are conveniently ready to be plugged into a 110 Volt outlet some require 240 Volt and a dedicated outlet. All wiring needs to be installed according to the emitter/heater manufacturer’s instructions and by a licensed electrician.


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