Saunas have been around for centuries, and it is clear why. Saunas are favored for their detoxing, relaxation, and weight loss benefits. If you are ready to make the investment into your own personal at-home sauna, check out our tips for choosing the right at-home sauna for your needs.
Traditional vs Infrared Saunas
Traditional saunas produce a dry heat using a stove or hot rocks and can reach temperatures upwards of 195°F with low humidity. Modern traditional saunas have electric stoves that emit heat and warm the hot rocks, but some models also feature wood burning stoves for the hot rocks.
Infrared saunas are a more modern model of at-home saunas and use infrared radiation to heat your body directly. This type of radiation is completely safe for users. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared saunas typically reach around 140°F inside. However, you will still get the same .
Traditional saunas have many benefits, but how do you know which at-home sauna is right for you? These saunas are favored because they provide an intense sweating experience in 10-20 minutes, making them perfect for after work outs and before the pool. However, although you only spend 10-20 minutes in the sauna itself before taking a break, traditional saunas require a bit more time and planning to heat up. Once again, making them the perfect at-home sauna for those who are looking for one they can turn on before their workout and enjoy once they finish. Traditional saunas are best for those who are looking to integrate their at-home sauna into their relaxation and health routine, and the experience of basking in the heat from hot rocks cannot be beat.
When it comes to costs, saunas in general are relatively inexpensive to run, because they are only turned on when in use. Traditional saunas use either electricity or wood to produce heat, the cost to run your at-home sauna will depend on what type of heat source your model uses. The biggest drawback of traditional saunas is that they require a higher installation cost than an infrared sauna. Traditional saunas reach higher temperatures and have a higher threshold for humidity, meaning they require higher quality materials – often wood – that can withstand extreme heat and resist mold and mildew. They also typically have to be custom built for your home, meaning a higher labor cost and longer wait times between purchasing and usage.
Infrared sauna technology has not been around for nearly as long as traditional saunas, but there is a good reason they have quickly grown in popularity as a favored at-home sauna option. Infrared saunas’ heat is a much less intense experience which means that users can spend around 45 minutes in between breaks, making them ideal for those looking for a longer lasting sweat. Infrared heating is also incredibly quick, and your at-home infrared sauna can heat up in as little as 15 minutes – making them ideal for spontaneous usage. Additionally, if you are sharing your at-home sauna with other members of your
household, quick heating times reduce the amount of downtime required to adjust the temperature to your liking between users. Infrared saunas are perfect for users who are on a tight schedule and looking for quick use.
When it comes to costs, infrared saunas are the clear choice for those looking to stay on a budget. At-home infrared saunas tend to cost less than a traditional sauna to run, because the infrared heating is much more efficient by heating your body directly which results in less heat dissipated and wasted in the air. Most infrared sauna models can be bought off the shelf or sales floor, and just require a connection to electricity after being set up in your home.
Not Sure Which to Choose?
Both traditional and infrared at-home saunas have their benefits and drawbacks, and ultimately you cannot go wrong with either type. Traditional saunas are better for those who are looking to incorporate their at-home sauna into their set routine and have a bit more time to plan its use. Infrared saunas are best for those who are looking for a less intense yet equally effective, more efficient at-home sauna experience. However, if you are unable to choose, you can get the best of both models with an InfraSauna® 2-in-1 traditional and infrared sauna. These revolutionary at-home saunas allow you to get the best of both worlds. Whether you want to bask in the comfort of hot rocks or are looking for a quick sweat in between the gym and work, the InfraSauna® allows you to enjoy your at-home sauna exactly how you want.
Regardless of what type of at-home sauna you choose, traditional, infrared, or 2-in-1, you are sure to get the type of sweat and relaxation you are after. At-home sauna season is all year round, contact Energysavers, your trusted New Hampshire sauna expert to get started!
About Energysavers, Inc.
Founded over 40 years ago, Energysavers is family-owned and operated out of Meredith, NH. We are proud to provide quality, dependable pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, hot tubs, saunas, outdoor grills, and more. Visit the store room and choose from the many models and sizes we have in stock and receive the best price and quality service. Call us today at (603) 279-7961 to visit our store or schedule a home inspection.