Many people are surprised to learn that saunas, in one form or another, have been a part of human culture for over a thousand years. Thanks to the ingenuity of nomadic tribes traveling through what is now modern day Finland, what began as rough fire-warmed pits carved into hills and berms have now evolved into the modern day sauna.
Though the concept of saunas has remained generally simple, the great many options now available often leave prospective sauna owners and users with a number of questions.
What are the different types of saunas?
Dry Sauna (Finnish Sauna)
Dry saunas are generally heated with electric or wood-burning sauna heaters. The temperature typically ranges between 150° to 250° Fahrenheit with a humidity index between 5-20%.
Wet saunas are also generally heated with electric or wood-burning sauna heaters. The temperature typically ranges between 120° to 195° Fahrenheit with a humidity index between 25-40%. Steam is produced by pouring water over heated stones.
Steam baths are typically heated with electric heaters. The temperature typically ranges between 110° to 140° Fahrenheit with a humidity index between 65-100%.
Infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit radiant heat that is absorbed directly into the human body. The temperature usually ranges between 120° to 140°.
Combination saunas offer the best of both worlds, offering the traditional steam sauna experience or the more intensive infrared sauna experience.
Are saunas expensive?
There are different types of saunas to suit all budgets. The price of saunas can vary greatly depending on the style and size. Once installed, saunas are very energy efficient and inexpensive to maintain.
Do I have room for a sauna?
Saunas are available in all shapes and sizes! Some sellers offer custom builds, while other saunas are available as standalone outdoor units.
Can I build my own sauna?
Building a sauna from scratch can be a challenge, but certainly not an impossible one! For those that may not possess all of the necessary tools or hardware, some sellers provide pre-cut sauna kits that can be easily assembled on the spot.
What health benefits do saunas offer?
Saunas have been shown to ease joint and muscle pain and relieve stress. They are also believed to promote healthy respiration and blood flow, ease the symptoms of arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome, promote speedy post-labor recovery, improve complexion, and much more.
No matter what type of sauna you may be interested in, a healthier, more relaxed lifestyle is in your future!