Today, people are much more aware of the need to maintain their health and fitness. Not only are they willing to invest the time to do so, but they are also willing to invest the money. With global spending on health expected to increase to $18.28 trillion, it is projected to reach 9% of the GDP worldwide by 2040 according to data published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation , the trend toward health and fitness is definitely here to stay.
Of course this trend includes buying better food and purchasing gym memberships, but consumers are also increasingly trending toward bringing the gym home with them. Steam Showers are among the most popular items now to be installed in the home. While they are known as a tool for relaxation and the soothing of tired aching muscles, they also offer rich number of health benefits. Not only do they rejuvenate the body, but they also remove metabolic disease, improve blood circulation in the body, and eliminate metabolic waste which can cause certain diseases, says Healthline.
Users are also amazed at how much clearer their skin becomes after just a 20 minute steam shower session, 2-3 days a week. Having a steam shower at home also pays dividends by eliminating trips to the spa, saving hundreds of dollars or more per year.
With all of the benefits that a residential steam shower can offer, including many related to your health, installing your own is a no-brainer. Here are some things to consider when planning your shower:
3 Tips to for installing your own Residential Steam Shower
- Preparation is key. It is important to have a tight, waterproof shower. This means using cement backer-board with the joints sealed, and applying a waterproof coating prior to installing your tile or stone. It’s good to make accommodations for a bench or seat for maximum enjoyment. If you have the option, slope the ceiling slightly to allow condensation to run off. Also make sure the room is completely enclosed in order to keep the steam in. This means installing a door with a full seal. If possible, we recommend that you purchase a door designed specifically for steam showers, say the experts at The Sauna Place.
- Steam Shower size: Steam showers do not have to be large. Consider quality over quantity when designing your room. A minimum of 7ft x3ft x 3ft is recommended in order to accommodate a small bench or seat. It is also recommended that you do not exceed 8 feet in ceiling height. Anything taller makes it difficult to size your steam unit.
- Use light fixtures designed for steam showers: Not just any light fixture should be installed in a steam shower. The constant humidity will often rust-out lights, even when they are rated for wet locations. Many steam shower lights offer LED’s, and even Chromatherapy. These lights have multi-colored LED’s which offer different color combinations. The right lighting creates the ambience and promotes relaxation. Steam Shower Lights can be a bit expensive, but it is recommended that you do not try and skimp on this step. Installing the correct vapor-sealed fixture will greatly enhance your experience, and minimize the chance for moisture-related problems down the road.
These are just a few tips to consider when planning your steam shower. Always consult with the pros, such as those found at The Sauna Place. Plan it right and then enjoy it for life!
When you experience a sore muscle post workout, heat treatment is the first thing your heart desires.
Science Daily published that the pain and discomfort you experience 24 to 72 hours after exercising is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), which eventually subsides within 2 to 3 days. The article further added that the soreness was the result of eccentric contractions due to unaccustomed training levels, which causes tiny tears in the muscle fibers, leading to stiffness, swelling, strength loss and pain. To get instant relief from pain and stiffness, heat treatment is a good option on the aching body part.
Read on to know why towel warmers are gaining popularity for this purpose.
Heat Treatment Helps
After a workout, the muscles in the affected area could get sore and tight. When heat is applied to the inflamed area, it penetrates deep within, stimulating the natural metabolic process, which allows the muscles to relax their painful knots, by prompting blood circulation to the area, while eliminating any kind of lactic acid buildup, saysan article on Physio Works.
Moreover, the soothing and sedation of the painful bare nerve endings ease the pain further. The increased blood flow to the area brings more nutrients to the body part where tissues are injured while flushing out the injured debris, while speeding up the healing process.
Most importantly, the heat packs used to relieve painful joints and muscles stimulate the body’s sensory receptors, which block the transmission of pain signals to the brain, extending the feeling of pain relief to the individual.
Moist Heat Works Better
Dry heat is effective, but moist heat is preferred over dry heat as a treatment or component of treatment for better and targeted penetration and deeper tissue heating, transferring heat more quickly and effectively to the aching area.
Other than healing workout pain, moist heat is also helpful in relieving pain, stiffness and secondary muscle spasms associated with chronic arthritis.
To derive the benefits of moist heat therapy, hot moist towels are the best source of heat, which, when accompanied by a massage, increases circulation and relieves muscle soreness to a greater extent, says an expert at Sauna Place, leading providers of a wide range of towel warmers in Tennessee.
So, the next time, you end up in pain after an intense workout, apply hot towels and see the results for yourself within a mere 24 hours.
Sauna therapy has become a go-to choice for people, whether they are looking for instant relaxation after a long tiring day or are aiming to rejuvenate their skin from the harmful effects of the external environment. Did you know that regular sauna sessions also bring with them long-term health benefits?
Health Benefits of Sauna Therapy
- Contributes to a healthy heart – Regular use of a sauna led to a 63 per cent decrease in deaths from strokes and heart diseases, with a 66 per cent reduction observed in cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to an extensive study spanning two decades and covering more than 2,300 men done by researchers at University of Eastern Finland.
- Good for the skin – The heat generated during a sauna session helps in removing toxins from the skin and helps in the cleansing process. Now, you don’t have to restrict yourself to the indoors, the easy availability of good quality portable saunas comes to the rescue of people who are frequently traveling or do not want to visit sauna therapy clinics, says the team at The Sauna Place.
- Aids in weight loss – Saunas have always been known as a great way of trimming down those extra pounds and inches. During a session, you perspire and your heart pumps faster, increasing the circulation of blood in your body. There is also a sense of relaxation that one experiences during a sauna session. The fact that stress is one of the major contributors to weight gain makes the sauna a great option.
- Tackles the problem of blood pressure – “Sauna bathing leads to a significant increase in heart rate and reduction in total vascular resistance, thereby decreasing blood pressure,” says Dr. Ernst van der Wall, Chief of Cardiology at the Netherlands Leiden University Medical Centre, whose views are documented in a Time Health article.
- A must-have for respiratory relief – The feel-good factor of such therapy extends to improvement in the breathing process as well. Anyone suffering from allergies, bronchial asthma, nasal and chest congestion can feel a sense of relief after a sauna session.
While these benefits are there for the taking, it is important to understand that a sauna by itself will not do all of the work. Regular use of the sauna needs to be complemented with a healthy lifestyle, where you eat a balanced diet, stay away from junk food and exercise on a regular basis. These best practices, combined with the benefits of regular sauna therapy, can work wonders for your health and that of your family.
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!