It’s possible that you have enjoyed a sauna or steam shower in recent years at your local fitness center, or maybe you have been fortunate enough to use a sauna or steam shower as part of a package while vacationing at a resort, even aboard a cruise ship. You’ve considered adding one or both in your home in the past, but the “how-to” questions abound. As with life, things often seem more complicated on the surface than they actually are. The more difficult we perceive something to be, the more we procrastinate about acting on it.
The thought of adding a sauna or steam shower to your home may seem daunting, but in reality the process is quite simple. With a small amount of planning you can transform your home into your favorite spa. Saunas and steam showers are not only amenities for your home that will enhance its value, but they also are also quite enjoyable and the health benefits are too numerous to list. Questions are a normal part of the process, and we are really good at helping you to answer them. It is also good to seek advice from your local contractor, plumber or electrician. With a little planning, you can soon be enjoying the sauna or steam shower you’ve envisioned for years.
We are happy to look at your pictures or simplified drawings. After figuring-out what’s important to you, we will promptly give you a competitive quote on the sauna or steam shower package that you desire. It all starts with an idea. Where you take it from there is up to you!
The US population is growing AND aging. Because of this, certain lifestyle-related ailments are becoming more common, such as arthritis. In fact, there will be an estimated 78.4 million cases of doctor-diagnosed arthritis (in adults aged more than 18 years) by the year 2040, which is a significant rise from the 54.4 million adult cases reported in 2013-15. These alarming facts are found courtesy of data revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While it is important to have an active lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet, it is essential to have ways of easing the day-to-day aches and pains, or managing a disease for which there is currently no cure. A growing number of people have started reporting the benefits of infrared saunas in helping them better manage such conditions. Let’s see if there is any merit to such claims:
What are the Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas?
- Managing Arthritis and Spondylitis – A pilot study conducted in the Netherlands to study the effects of infrared emitters revealed good tolerance, short-term improvement and long-term benefits in patients suffering from arthritis and spondylitis. This study is well-documented by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
- Effective Pain Management – Even if you are not suffering from any diagnosed condition, you can still fall back on the wonder cure of muscle relaxing therapy. Everyday stress is known to lead to various types of chronic pain, such as that in the lower back, shoulders, etc.
- The Opening of the Sinuses – The use of infrared saunas has been shown to clear the airways and improve breathing. The resulting heat dilates the nasal and bronchial passages and brings immediate relief for patients suffering from sinusitis and asthma.
- Weight Loss – One common benefit of sauna therapy, has always been the fact that you sweat a lot during each session. The fact that your body’s core temperature rises makes such therapy an ideal way to lose weight in a slow, steady and safe manner.
The good news is that you don’t have to make expensive visits to a local spa to get relief. Infrared Saunas are affordable and easy to assemble in your home. They are also safe and convenient to use, say the experts at The Sauna Place. While there are numerous benefits to both traditional and infrared saunas, there are few drawbacks. How many items can you think of that will deliver the list of benefits found above? The benefits stated above only skim the surface of the long list of positive results you’ll receive from the regular use of a traditional or infrared sauna.
These days, modern medicine’s solution for everything is a pill. Why not invest in a healthy and natural solution? You won’t regret it and your body will thank you.
So, you’ve considered a sauna for a long-time. You’ve read sauna blogs and articles exhaustively. Pre-cut or pre-built? Possibly an outdoor sauna? What’s the best brand and size of sauna heater? What size sauna do I need? Should my controls be mounted on the heater, or wall-mounted? What is the best benching style and layout? What type of insulation is required, and how does the ventilation need to be arranged? The questions are plentiful when you are in the planning stages. But now, after trolling every blog known to Google, and researching exhaustively, you have finally made a decision. Now it’s time to pull the trigger and order your sauna. But wait there is one more important decision to make. Who are you going to trust to make your vision a reality?
We know you have many choices when deciding who to spend your hard-earned money with. We are dedicated to providing you with the best quality saunas and equipment at the best prices. We are a web-based company, but we also operate a bricks and mortar storefront. Our goal is to provide customer service the old fashioned way. Keep in mind that this is not the normal business model for many web-based companies. For a number of them, the sale is the only thing that matters. If you have a problem afterwards, about the only help you’ll get is a clueless response, or an 800 number to call the product manufacturer directly. Rest-assured that when you purchase a sauna, sauna heater, steam shower or other product from us, we will remain your first point of contact if you have a question or a warranty-related issue. We also realize that saunas and steam showers sometimes require a lot of planning, so no matter where you are in the process, just shoot us an email or give us a call if you have a question. Let us be your partner throughout the process!
Ok, so, you’ve purchased your sauna heater. What now? If you are constructing a new sauna, it’s important to have everything ready and in place for the installation of your new sauna heater.
First, it’s important to confirm that you have chosen the correct size for your sauna. While manufacturers sometimes vary slightly in their sizing, a good rule of thumb is 1,000 watts (1 kilowatt) for every 50 cubic feet of sauna. For example, if your sauna is 6′ wide x 7′ long x 7′ ceiling height, you would calculate your cubic footage as follows:
6′ x 7′ x 7′ = 294 cubic feet. 294 divided-by 50 equals 5.88 (Minimum kilowatts needed.)
Of course, always go by the sizing of your particular model. Usually, going an extra kilowatt is not a bad idea, either. There are also other factors to consider, such as when the sauna heater is going in an outdoor sauna. When you factor-in heat-loss and additional load on the unit, outdoor saunas require more “horsepower.” It’s good to consult with your sauna dealer who can help you with sizing an outdoor sauna for your geographic location. Also, size ratings are based on the assumption that your sauna is well-insulated, generally with a minimum of R-24 in the walls and R-30 in the ceiling.
Another thing to consider is where the unit will be mounted. It’s important to read your sauna heater’s installation manual in detail prior to the actual installation. Be sure and factor-in required clearances from walls and benching, and allow extra room for a heater guard/heater fence for safety. It’s also not a bad idea to locate your sauna heater in a convenient spot where you can easily adjust the bathing-time, temperature and/or ladle water onto the hot stones. Manufacturers usually recommend that you install wood blocking inside of the wall behind where the sauna heater will mount for added support. Also, be sure that your electrician uses the proper high-temperature rated electrical wiring inside of the necessary conduit for your sauna heater and lighting. Make provisions for installing temperature sensors and wall control wiring (when a wall control is used), prior to covering up the wall with your sauna’s vapor barrier and wood paneling on the inside, or sheetrock, etc., on the outside. If you are installing a wood or gas sauna heater, be sure to plan-ahead for ventilation and exhaust, both of which are very important.
Ventilation is extremely important and often overlooked when a sauna is constructed. It is less about moisture with a sauna, than providing fresh air. The most ideal place to locate an air vent is directly below the sauna heater and approximately 4″ from the floor. It’s good to have an adjustable exhaust vent at the opposite of the sauna, as far from the intake as possible. The height is a matter of preference, but can be as low at 24″ from the floor, or as high as 6″ from the ceiling. Adjusting this vent controls the amount of flow through the room. Ideally, your venting should allow six full air exchanges per hour.
Installation of Sauna Heaters
Finally, let’s talk candidly about the installation of your sauna heaters. Many of us pride ourselves on being “do-it-yourselfers.” Taking this approach to wiring your sauna heaters without the proper knowledge can damage your equipment, your property, and can even result in the injury or death to those using the sauna. Improper installation of your sauna heaters, also voids your sauna heater’s warranty. Experts always suggest hiring electricians when installing sauna heaters. Under normal conditions, it is relatively inexpensive to have an electrician install your sauna heater. Isn’t it worth the piece of mind knowing that your sauna heater has been properly installed and is safe?
Finally, when your sauna heater is installed, the correct placement of the stones is important. First, wash your stones thoroughly. Then loosely place them in the heater as directed by your manufacturer. With most sauna heaters you place the stones in-between the heating elements. One of the most common installation problems is when these stones are placed inside the sauna heater too tightly. This often causes problems with the heater’s high-limit, which is a built-in overheating safety feature. Always remember that the heater’s stones should be placed loosely within the rock compartment, allowing it to maintain the proper airflow.
The sauna heaters are the engine of your sauna. With a little pre-planning and by following these tips, you’ll enjoy many years of trouble-free sauna usage!
Up until about fifteen years ago, builders were a lot more one-dimensional about the showers they built in homes. Consumers seemed satisfied with little more than hot and cold water, and occasionally a garden tub or jetted-tub would be added adjacent to the shower. Times have changed, and the advent of the “performance shower” has dawned. Today’s performance showers offer amenities such as steam, multiple shower jets, aromatherapy, music and chromatherapy (mood-lighting). Contractors have learned that today’s home-buyer expects these luxuries in their showers, most notably, steam. These luxuries are becoming the standard in certain price-ranges of homes.
The most popular of these amenities is the steam shower, and Mr. Steam is one of the industry leaders. Mr. Steam got started around the year 1917, where the founder Arthur Sussman developed steam irons for the garment industry.
From those early days until today, Mr. Steam has taken that steam boiler technology and transformed it into a beautiful line of modern steam showers.
Except in cases where a consumer purchases a fully-enclosed steam shower unit, today’s steam shower simply “outfits” your normal shower. Of course, the shower needs to be designed or redesigned to incorporate steam, but all you actually see in a residential steam shower is a steam head and a control pad. It is a good idea to incorporate a bench into a steam shower. If you don’t have room, Mr. Steam offers a fold-down Teak Bench that mounts to the wall. The steam generator conveniently tucks-away under the shower bench, or in a closet or attic space away from the shower. The small control pad simply mounts to the wall, and the steam-head comes out close to the shower floor. That gives the homeowner the option of taking a normal shower, or enjoying a relaxing steam shower.
Mr. Steam cleverly designed their steam head with a place to add a few drops of aromatherapy fragrance. Whether your preference is Eucalyptus, Lavender, Mint or other, you have the flexibility to easily create fragrance steam. Mr. Steam offers a number of different fragrances, and each is said to invoke a different feeling or mood.
Another upgrade for your steam shower is a chromatherapy light. Like the aromatherapy fragrances, different-colored lights evoke different moods. The steam in a steam shower refracts the light creating a unique effect. Steam showers can be as diverse as their owners, and Mr. Steam gives you numerous options. One final option is in-shower speaks, which allows to pipe-in your favorite tunes while you relax. To make things better, you can interface your steam shower with your home automation system.
Mr. Steam is as notable for it’s commercial steam showers, as its residential line. They are most specified by architects and engineers for commercial steam rooms such as those found in hotels, resorts, gyms and spas. These steam boilers are capable of piping steam into large steam rooms 24 hours a day where necessary. They also have an optional aroma pump, creating a luxurious fragrance-filled steam experience.
If you are looking for a top-quality steam shower with sleek modern design, Mr. Steam is the brand for you. Just contact the steam shower experts at The Sauna Place at: 877-525-3504, and let us find the Mr. Steam products best suited to your needs!
The Origin of Saunas
While opinions do differ on the subject, it is a commonly held belief with many that the sauna originated in Finland over 2,000 years ago. These began as little more than crude pits dug into the ground where they were primarily used as dwellings during the colder months. These structures generally featured a fireplace where stones were heated to a high temperature. Water would then be poured over the hot stones to produce a high and almost intense heat. These early saunas were called “savusaunas” or, smoke saunas.
Like everything, saunas have evolved over the centuries. Most notably are the sauna heaters used to heat the modern-day sauna. In today’s saunas, there are primarily three different types of sauna heaters available. These are wood sauna heaters, gas sauna heaters and electric sauna heaters. The type you choose depends much on your background, budget, personal preferences and where your sauna will be located.
As mentioned in a previous post, electric sauna heaters make up the bulk of the sauna heaters purchased today. The convenience of flipping a switch and waiting only twenty or thirty minutes to enjoy your sauna session is a huge selling point. Many sauna heaters are also linked to programmable controls that allow the user to pre-set the time that they want the sauna heater to come on, thus, even eliminating even the short wait for the sauna to heat-up. Also, in the age of home-automation, all one has to do is turn the unit on from his or her smart phone when leaving work, to arrive home to a hot and ready sauna session.
For the sauna purist, a wood-fired sauna stove may be the way to go. Many traditional sauna users consider the element of wood smoke to be part of their essential sauna experience. They are also ideal in areas where there is no electricity available. Wood sauna stoves work better in medium to large saunas, due to the amount of heat produced. The heat is also tougher to regulate, but the heat is very warm and well-suited for a sauna. They also have the option of a hot water tank, which is perfect for “off-the-grid” living. While electric sauna heaters are the cleanest and most convenient to use, wood sauna heaters would be considered the least convenient to use. Ashes must periodically be cleaned-out and then of course you must keep an ample supply of firewood on hand. Wood sauna stoves are great in cottages or cabins. They are also perfect for outdoor saunas, where you can heat-up then take a plunge in your favorite river, lake or even snow bank! Although they are the least convenient of the three types of sauna heaters, the process of using a saunas is all about slowing-down and enjoying. The good things in life like using your sauna should never be hurried.
Gas sauna stoves are the least-purchased type of sauna heater these days. For specific uses they are quite practical and make the most sense. These are primarily in commercial saunas, which run for many hours per day. When used in this scenario, the per hour operation cost is generally much less-expensive. If you are a homeowner who only operates your sauna two or three times per week, a gas sauna heater is not the best option for you. Their up-front cost, bulky size, shipping weight and increased installation cost makes them impractical for most residential types of installation. Gas sauna heaters are also better suited for medium to large-sized saunas. When installed in areas where they get a good workout, gas sauna heaters have the lowest operation cost and the quickest heat-up time. It simply takes a lot of running hours to overcome the high price tag which is generally $2,000.00 – $4,000.00. With freight costs (due to their size, weight and large stone capacity), installation costs due to the fact that the unit should be installed by a licensed, qualified HVAC technician, or a gas plumber who can install the gas lines and venting safely. Finally, if you have made the decision to purchase a gas sauna heater, currently, there are one or two manufacturers located in the United States.
While not mentioned in the three types of sauna heaters above, infrared emitters found in infrared saunas do have their place. Infrared saunas are generally less-expensive to purchase, are easy to assemble and plug-in to a 110 v electrical outlet. While you don’t experience the higher temperatures and steam found in a traditional sauna, infrared saunas do offer many of the positive end-results that are found with traditional sauna usage.
The diversity of sauna heaters is only rivaled by the way you choose to use your sauna. The length and frequency of your sauna sessions are up to you. Many like to alternate short sauna sessions with cool showers, while others prefer longer sessionsto really “sweat it out,” followed-up by a shower or even a cold plunge. Alternating the heat with cold helps to boost your immune system and is really good for your skin. The right sauna heater can make the type of sauna session you prefer more enjoyable, so you will use it often. Experts say the more you use your sauna, the better you’ll feel.
Some of the many benefits sauna heaters provide, include: increased blood circulation, stress relief, joints and muscle relaxation, soothing of pain in joints and muscles, boosting the immune system, burning of calories, deeper and sounder sleep, flushing out toxins through the process of sweating and, of course, the social and recreational benefits.
Conclusion on choosing Sauna Heaters
No matter which type of sauna heater you use, saunas give you a place to retreat from the anxiety and stress that most of us experience each day. Let the sauna be a sanctuary where you can meditate and reflect on your day. This not only detoxifies your body, but it also detoxifies your mind. Most experts will tell you that you can either handle your stress or it will handle you. The reward of handling your stress is having a happier and longer life. How many personal items can boast this many benefits? With the right sauna routine, you are well on your way to finding the peace and happiness you seek. It’ll also result in a pat on the back from your doctor!
Let The Sauna Place assist you in finding the right sauna heater for you! We would be happy to answer any of your questions so you can be on your well to well living! Call us at: 877-525-3504
Towel warmers are one of the hottest trends in today’s modern home, spa or hotel. They first became popular in Europe, due to the necessity for a warm sanitary towel in a cold damp climate. In the old days, folks would throw damp and smelly towels over common household radiators in order to expedite the drying process, as well as to add the comfort of a warm dry towel. Since their meager beginnings, towel warmers have become an affordable luxury available to all of those wanting it.
Types of Towel Warmers
To better help understand, today’s towel warmer is available in two primary types. The first and most common type is electric. Electric towel warmers can either be hard-wired (wired directly into your home’s electrical system), or plug-in type which plugs-into a 110 volt wall receptacle, where it operates more as a small home appliance. Electric towel warmers are most commonly heated by a small dry resistive heating element which is run throughout the heating surface. Another type is a fluid-filled unit, where an element or heating apparatus heats mineral oil or another type of fluid within the unit. Both types are very inexpensive and efficient to run, and generally use the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb.
The second type is equally (and often more) efficient to operate. It is a hydronic towel warmer which is heated by your home’s hot water system. Hydronic towel warmers are a fantastic choice; however they often make more sense in conjunction with an extensive home renovation or a newly constructed home, where they can be incorporated into a larger construction or remodel plan. This type of towel warmer is looped-in with your home’s hot water source.
Choosing a Towel Warmer
The next consideration for choosing a towel warmer is the type you what works best for you. There are basically three types of towel warmer installations. These are wall-mount, floor-mount, and freestanding. Floor and wall-mount are more of a permanent install, while freestanding are the most portable and easy to use option. Another consideration is whether or not you want to use an optional timer, where you can automate the times that your towel warmer operates.
Finally let’s talk budget. The beauty of towel warmers is that there is a model for every price-range. Many models retail in excess of $3,000.00. For many spas, hotels or high-end homes this price-point makes sense. If you’re looking for a more affordable option for towel warmers, the good news is there are models that start at only $130.00 from The Sauna Place This means there is a model that works for anyone!
In upcoming posts, we will discuss versatility of towel warmers, along with the many uses and locations that towel warmers can be used.
When designing your sauna, it’s important to consider all aspects of your project. From the overall size of your sauna, to the benching layout, and to choosing the desired species of wood, it is all very relevant. One of the most important decisions that must be made is which type of sauna heater to install. Think of it as the engine in your car.
Just like the diversity of the sauna users themselves, there are many different types of sauna heaters to consider. Let’s begin with the three main types of sauna heaters. Those are electric, gas and wood-burning. We’ll briefly discuss each.
Electric Sauna Heaters
Electric Sauna Heaters are a relative newcomer to the sauna scene. Brought on by the widespread availability of electricity by the 1950’s, Electric Sauna Heaters quickly became the top choice among sauna enthusiasts. Because of their ease of use and cleanliness, this type of sauna heater was the obvious choice in most residential and commercial environments.
Fast-forward to today, where electric sauna heaters outsell all of the other types of sauna heaters combined. While today’s electric sauna heaters are very similar to their predecessors, they now offer a number of refinements over the original ones. These include compact designs, lighted controls, built-in heater fences, digital controls, and more. There is even a heat-storage sauna heater that stays ready to go instantly with the opening of its lid. These cost more up-front, but are relatively inexpensive to operate. They are ideal for those who use their sauna 3 or more times a week. Electric sauna heaters vary in price, depending on the heater and control options you desire. When deciding which heater to choose, it’s important to consider how frequently your sauna will be used.
Another consideration is the desired rock capacity. Many enthusiasts feel that electric sauna heaters with larger rock capacities produce softer heat and better steam. Sauna heaters with large rock capacities are generally designed for the rocks to be placed within the heating elements. Other sauna heaters with smaller rock capacities tend to have more of a “fry pan” design, where the stones are located above the elements and are heated indirectly.
Wood-burning Sauna Heaters
For the sauna purist, wood-burning sauna heaters are an excellent choice. Many long-time sauna users cherish the smell of wood smoke, which is held in their earliest memories inside of a sauna. Wood heat is also toasty-warm. Those who still heat their homes with wood will tell you how much warmer wood heat is than electric. The same can be said for wood-burning sauna heaters. This type of sauna heater works better in medium to large sized saunas, as the heat can sometimes be a bit more difficult to regulate. Wood-burning sauna heaters are also very popular in outdoor saunas. These sauna heaters are also ideal for cabins, or in areas where there is still no electricity available. Many also come with optional hot water tanks, giving your sauna heater a dual use.
In recent years, off-the-grid living has made a resurgence. This has revived the popularity of the wood-burning sauna heater. Most wood-burning sauna heaters are relatively inexpensive for their size, however it is important to consider the shipping costs are more, as most are heavy come with at least 100 – 150 lbs of stones. Before making the decision on which type of sauna heater to choose, consider the many benefits of wood!
Gas Sauna Heaters
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 (only one manufacturer in the United States producing them at this time), 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. They are more prevalent in larger commercial saunas, as found in hotels, spas and gyms. In these environments it is not uncommon to have a 12-24 hour per day demand. In this type of setting, gas sauna heaters are effective and cost-efficient.
Now that we have briefly covered the types of sauna heaters out there the choice is up to you. A little bit of research on the front-end will make your finished sauna much more enjoyable. Also remember to always consult a sauna professional who can offer you a wealth of sauna knowledge!
Saunas are relaxing and rejuvenating. They are also a magnificent way to enhance your health. A regular sauna routine comes with many sauna health benefits, and they are even more fulfilling if it is an infrared sauna. These saunas have better heat that can penetrate the skin more deeply. Infrared saunas can also benefit your body in many others ways, below are just a few of the many reasons you should consider buying an infrared sauna!
Infrared Saunas Flush Out Toxins
Infrared saunas make you sweat a lot because of the quality of the heat produced. The heat makes sweating deeper and more profuse, which in turn helps the body excrete a high percentage of toxins. For those than need to avoid the higher temperatures, this is also the sauna for you! Infrared sauna temperatures are usually between 20 to 60 degrees lower than conventional ones.
Lower Blood Pressure Using Infrared Sauna
Sitting for 15 to 20 minutes a day in an infrared sauna can also help lower your blood pressure. Sweating promotes better blood flow and circulation, which in turn provides a calming effect, while lowering the blood pressure. Apart from that, these sauna sessions also improve the functioning of endothelial cells in your arteries.
After a hard day’s work, you need a way to relax so that you can sleep well. Infrared saunas can be the solution for this as they help you relax and feel good all over again. If you have muscle pain and conditions like arthritis, the sauna can also provide drug-free relief from the pain and stiffness.
Infrared Saunas Fight a Flu or Cold
The good thing about a cold is that you always get a feeling that you are going to be sick before it kicks in. When you have this feeling, jumping into an infrared sauna can actually help keep the cold or flu away. The increased blood circulation from this sauna revs up your immune system thereby helping you avoid whatever might have been coming your way.
People go to great lengths to eliminate wrinkles and skin blemishes so that they can look younger. If this is what you need, then buying an infrared sauna is the perfect solution because it enhances the production of collagen. When toxins are eliminated, the skin becomes silky and supple.
Plenty of sweating registers immediately on the scale as weight loss. Even though some of the weight lost will come back after you rehydrate, not all of it does. Infrared saunas increase metabolic rate and can burn between 200 to 600 calories in about 30 minutes. While this may not melt off a spare tire, it is a good place to begin.
Infrared Saunas Are Believed To Help Fight Cancer
The infrared light that is used to increase your body temperature is also believed to help fight and kill cancerous cells. Studies carried out in this area show that regular sauna sessions can help shrink tumors in people with cancer too.
A Long-term Investment in Yourself
People who have buy infrared saunas are investing in themselves. The saunas have a long product life, require minimal maintenance, and, are made from durable materials, making them a fantastic investment long into the future!
There is a plethora of reasons for owning infrared saunas! Therefore, it goes without saying, if you are in the market for a sauna, then infrared is the way to go!
The Sauna Place is here to answer any questions you may have to assist you in finding the right sauna for you!
Historians suspect that Europeans have enjoyed sauna-like steam baths for thousands of years. A 4,000-year-old sauna structure has been found North of Scotland, on Orkney Island. Originally, these steam baths were simply baths, used for cleaning and relaxation, much like modern-day baths. Over time, the above-ground, wooden sauna building developed, and saunas took on a character of their own.
The earliest written records of saunas come from the 1100’s. During the middle ages, various travelers wrote about the public sweat baths of northern Europe, where saunas offered peasant farmers a break from hard labor.
By the 1700’s, Swedish and Finnish bath houses had become a topic of public discourse, with some criticizing the sweat baths burned too much wood. Various physical ailments were blamed on the saunas, as well, and there were some suggestions of indecency.
Saunas had already become a part of social life, though, and the locals refused to abandon them. While bath houses elsewhere in Europe had fallen into disrepute, they had been elevated to near-religious status for the Finns. Saunas became the site of important rituals, including childbirth.
In the 1800’s, visitors to Scandinavia reported on the distinctly Finnish institution of the sauna. Finnish art and literature frequently referenced saunas, depicting them in their traditional, log-construction form. Finns took pride in their unique form of recreation.
The Since then, popularity of saunas over time has ebbed and flowed. In the early twentieth century, as many Finns moved from villages to cities, interest in the sauna waned. Then, during World War II, with the scarcity of other forms of entertainment, the sauna became popular once more.
Today, saunas are found around the world, although they remain strongly associated with Scandinavia, and particularly with the Finns, their benefits have found their way into many homes of all nationalities.
The sauna’s earliest origins might be lost to ancient history, but their enduring value is evident in our modern times and The Sauna Place is here to help you decide which sauna is right for you!
Okay, so, you’ve wanted your own sauna for a number of years. Unfortunately, it has become lost in the sizable list of your other home-improvement projects that have never taken flight. For years you have been content with using the mostly clean and seldom private sauna at your local YMCA. But, over the holidays, somewhere between your aunt’s Green Bean Casserole and your mom’s famous Pumpkin Pie (with fresh whipped- cream and that extra touch of Nutmeg), you came to the conclusion that the time is finally right to purchase your own personal home sauna. Now you’re finally ready to take things to the next level.
What’s next? There are a several things to consider. The first of these is the type of sauna you choose. Much has to do with the space you have to work with and what your primary objectives are. Basically, there are three different types of saunas. The first type is a portable sauna. A portable sauna is generally smaller and designed for one or two users. It is made to assemble and disassemble with little difficulty and for ease of mobility. Portable saunas are often 110v plug-in, and are ideal for apartments and small spaces.
The second type is a pre-built sauna. Pre-built saunas can be purchased in any size you want. This type of sauna consists of pre-built wall panels and benching, made to assemble in a matter of hours instead of days. Like a portable sauna, a pre-built sauna can be disassembled and moved. Although you have more latitude with the size and bather capacity, there is a little more involved with disassembling and reassembling this type of sauna as compared with a sauna that is fully portable.
One of the primary advantageswith the pre-built sauna is that there are no walls to build. You also have the ability to move your sauna if you need to. Unlike a portable sauna, a pre-built does require an electrician, as most saunas of this type are wired 220 volt single phase, or 208 volt three phase.
The last type of sauna is a pre-cut sauna kit. This sauna kit is a permanent sauna installation. It is also the most affordable and widely-purchased, but it does require more “sweat” and time to install, normally 1-3 days.
With a sauna kit you have the greatest flexibility to locate your sauna almost anywhere. It’s essentially a cedar-lined closet that you frame and insulate yourself. A good pre-cut sauna includes a pre-hung door, pre-built benching and pre-cut wall boards, eliminating much of the installation time involved. Unlike portable and pre-built saunas, a pre-cut sauna kit is considered a permanent installation.
If you’re still unsure, be sure and consult with one of our sauna experts and The Sauna Place, who would be happy to assist you!
In our next post we will help you choose the right size and location for your home sauna.