3 Ways to Prepare Your Home for an Indoor Sauna


The global wellness industry reached a whopping $4.2 trillion in 2018, after registering 12.8% growth over the previous two years, according to data released by Global Wellness Institute. Given our changing lifestyles, taking care of mental and physical health is no longer a luxury. People have started visiting spas and saunas as part of their daily routine, to increase their happiness, health and well-being.

Most businesses want to offer solutions right where people live and work. Precut saunas are excellent if you desire a permanent installation in your home. This offers you convenience, as well as an amenity that adds value to your home, say the experts at The Sauna Place.

When planning your sauna, here are a few things to consider:

Insulated Room

Before buying a sauna kit, frame and insulate the area where the sauna will be built. Fiberglass insulation is recommended, with a minimum of R-11 for the walls and R-13 for the ceiling. Additionally, consider using a foil faced vapor barrier.  Most good sauna kits that you purchase include this important item.  To install, simply staple it to the framing of your walls and ceiling. Overlap all joints by at least 2”, or as an additional step you can use aluminum foil tape for the seams. Lastly, cover the foil with soft cedar, hemlock or spruce panels.  Normally these are tongue and groove boards which allow for some expansion and contraction.

Right Location

Place your sauna anywhere that is private and easily accessible. Adjacent to a bathroom is ideal when possible, to allow for a nice cool shower in between sessions. Ensure the area is inaccessible to children and pets because saunas can be a dangerous place for them, according to an article on Do It Yourself. Don’t overdo the size. Smaller rooms heat up more quickly so build just as large as you think you will regularly need. A good rule of thumb is 2’ of upper bench per person.

Source of Electricity

For a traditional sauna, the normal temps generally range from 160 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, infrared saunas generally top out at around 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and as an important difference it’s important to note that infrared saunas do not have steam. It’s a good idea to get in touch with your electrician during the preparation phase of your sauna to discuss what your power requirements will be.

To create a warm and a comfortable sauna, determine the size, layout and materials that will create the look and feel you are wanting. With a little bit of preparation you can maximize the enjoyment of your new sauna!

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