Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional Saunas Frequently Asked Questions
The process for heating the room most often involves an electric heater or wood burning stove that heats a compartment of stones, which then radiate the heat throughout the room. Once the room achieves set temperature, the heater will cycle on and off, typically operating about 50% of the time. The insulated walls and the heated rocks will keep the room hot and at stable temperatures. A traditional sauna is the only type of sauna where you control both temperature and humidity
You must closely monitor how you feel and adjust accordingly. Drink a lot of water during the break between sessions
Concrete pad, wooden deck, crushed gravel, patio stones, paver blocks or tiles
A traditional electric heated sauna will not cause a substantial increase in a household electric bill. If the average Kilowatt Hour of electricity is 11 cent and you have a heater that consumes 6 kilowatts per hour you are looking at 66 cents in an hour. Keep in mind that after properly heated up the heater will only run 50% of the following hour. Once you are done with you sauna session you will turn it off. That is a huge benefit and cost saving over i.e. a hot tub that constantly needs to run to stay warm.
Yes, if you decide to go with an electrical heater you are required to have 240 Volt and a dedicated outlet. All wiring need to be installed according to the heater manufacturers instructions and by a licensed electrician.
Wood burning stove
Yes, if you decide to go with an wood burning stove it is suggested to consult with your City in regards to bylaws on distances to property lines, hedges and neighbors you may be required to follow before installation outside.
NO wood burning should be used inside.
Please also keep in mind that if you install an traditional outdoor Sauna you may require a regular electrical line for lighting inside and outside the Sauna.
As an alternative solar lights are a great option commonly used these days.
Infrared Sauna Frequently Asked Questions
The temperature for a far-infrared sauna is usually set between 120F and 140 F ( 48 C to 60 C )
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.