Saunas.com Help Center and FAQ's

Saunas.com Help Center & FAQ's

Saunas.com FAQ's

A Modular Sauna is a panelized sauna that comes in prebuilt, modular panels that interlock into freestanding sturdy sauna room. Ceiling panels are secured atop to enclose the room. The modular sauna option gives you the freedom to relocate at any time! Modular saunas can be installed inside or outside (with the addition of a roof kit option)

An Interior Pre-Cut Sauna is specifically designed for new construction or situations where you have a small room already framed in. This means you will have to frame and insulate your walls, ceiling, and door opening. Then you will add the door, cover the walls with T&G (Tongue and Groove), build sauna benches & finally add the sauna trim. Interior Pre-Cut saunas are permanent and cannot be relocated.

All of our Electric Sauna Heaters carry either a UL or ETL listing which mandates that the high limit for electric sauna heaters in a 7' high room be 194F at the ceiling level.

How does it work?By gently heating the Himalayan crystal salt, the hygroscopic (moisture attracting) properties of the salt are activated, allowing the natural humidity in the air to condense on the surface of the salt blocks, triggering the natural ionization process. During this process, the salt releases negative ions that in turn attach themselves to dust, bacteria, and other pollutants, effectively purifying the circulating air.This release of negative ions also interacts with the body on a biochemical level, aiding in the increased release of the body’s natural mood balancing chemical serotonin. Increased levels of serotonin are widely thought to positively impact digestion, memory, sleep, appetite, and mood.

Why Himalayan Salt?When heated, Himalayan salt releases negatively charged ions which serve to purify the circulating air as well as allow our bodies to reap health benefits including stress reduction, energy increases, and mood boosts at a biochemical level. The vast wellness benefits of traditional dry saunas are well-known and when the effect of pure Himalayan salt is added, the result is a truly unbeatable sauna experience

Our Sauna Kits are available with any capacity you choose. If a sauna is listed as a two person sauna then two average sized people would sit side by side comfortably.

Because heat rises. To keep the temperature optimal in your room the ceiling height in your room should not exceed 84".

Outdoor saunas and structures that are 120 sq ft or less, do not require permits (in the U.S.). Some counties allow larger structures of up to 200 sq. ft. without permits. You may run into some problems if you put your sauna right on the property line you share with a neighbor, a parking strip or an access easement.While adding a residential circuit is fairly straight-forward for any electrician, it may not be a bad idea to get an electrical permit for your indoor sauna. You can call your county permitting department to easily check. Most sauna installations require 220/240v power with a hard wire connection to a separate 30 or 40 amp breaker in your electrical panel. In some instances, a small traditional style sauna can be wired to 110/120v circuit, if the circuit to the panel with a #12 gauge wire.You will definitely want an electrical permit for your commercial sauna.

Most sauna installations will require a dedicated 240 volt 40 amp GFCI protected circuit. If you are adding your sauna to a spa, gym or any other commercial setting, you would definitely want an electrical permit for your sauna. Commercial saunas often have (2) 240v 40amp circuits. If you are remodeling the construction on your home it's typically a good idea to pay for an electrical permit. Then, when you sell your home you've covered your bases. Of course, many home owners simply declare on their Form 17 any work that was done without permits.Additionally, home saunas generally do NOT require a structural permit.

It is important to to have fresh air moving through the sauna for proper heater function. The best vent locations are near heater just off the floor & on a opposing wall or a gap under the sauna door.

No, as there is no incoming water supply, saunas do not require a floor drain.

We recommend a regular application of Sauna Wood Oil. This wood oil will enhance your sauna experience through the restoration of the woods original aroma as well as extend the life of your sauna by increasing its resistance to pests and mildew.

A sauna heats up farily quickly and is only ON when in use. The average home sauna costs around $3-5 per month to operate, when used for one hour- 3 days a week.

A sauna is a room where water is used to generate steam, so by definition, the infrared experience is not a sauna at all. Infrared penetrates the body with infrared rays and does not warm the actual room itself. Infrared panels achieve this at a low temperature and are helpful in relieving sore joints and muscles. The wet/dry effect from a traditional sauna is a total body experience, which ultimately provides joint and muscle relief, and a long list of other health benefits.

Gas Heaters: 

Pros - The Gas Heaters will provide a higher quality of heat that cannot be achieved by an electric heater.

Cons - Gas Heaters are more expensive and larger than most other heaters.

Electric Heaters:

Pros - The Electric Heaters are the most common heaters on the market. They offer a simplistic installation and a cheaper breakthrough cost.

Cons - Electric Heaters will add to your monthly electrical bill, depending on usage.

Wood Burning Heaters:

Pros - Wood Burning Heaters are the oldest types of sauna heaters which will provide you with the most authentic sauna experience.

Cons - Maintaining a certain temperature is much more difficult with a Wood Burning Heater.

A rule of thumb is to utilize your sauna's Cubic Foot measurment. 99.9% of heaters will be based off of cubic foot measurements. 

There are 2 main ways to go about determining the heater you need.

First, take take your Length x Width x Height (in ft.), then divide that number by 50.

i.e. A 5' x 7' x 7" sauna is 245 cubic feet / 50 = 4.9. Then round that number up to the next best heater. So the minimum is 4.9 kW to heat this sauna. 

Another way is to take your Length x Width x Height (in ft.), and match that number to any of the heaters we have on the website. Their specifications for cubic feet maximums will be listed in the descriptions.

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Electric Heaters

Your sauna heater should include an installation guide. Each heater will have specifics on how far the unit should be mounted off the floor as well as other pertinent information. If you have any questions, please contact the manufacturer.

Contactor Boxes are responsible for protecting the timers/controllers from any electrical surges. They prevent the units from receiving too much power.

We offer Product Manuals for the heaters offered on Saunas.com, to make your life a little easier! All the manuals are in PDF format and available for download.

No they do not. It is recommended that a licensed electrician hook up an electric sauna heater because it is hard wired. The Electric Sauna Heaters do not plug into standard outlets.

All UL or ETL Listed sauna heaters have reset buttons in case the heater exceeds the allowed high limit (approximately 194F at ceiling level). This high limit switch is built into heaters for safety purposes. It is not uncommon for this switch to have to be reset similar to a tripped breaker on a circuit breaker panel of a home. You should consult your owner’s manual for specifics. 

Most high limit reset buttons are located underneath the sauna heater for wall mounted units and in the back if it is a floor standing sauna heater. If you feel and/or hear a click when depressing the button, your sauna heater is reset. A springy button (no click) means that the high limit was not the issue and other troubleshooting may need to be done if the heater is not working.

Yes! The Scandia & the Tylo Combi units will provide the highest level of humidity in the room while still giving you that dry sauna heat. 

A traditional sauna generally takes between 30 and 45 minutes to fully heat up. While the sauna itself is heating up, the sauna rocks will be heating up as well!

In every sauna kit you will receive all the parts necessary to assemble your sauna, a sauna heater & rocks, a door, and a bucket & ladle set. You will also receive some other small parts like a sauna light, sauna light, and a thermometer.

Interior Pre-Cut Saunas are specifically designed for new construction or situations where you have a small room already framed in. This means you will have to frame and insulate your walls, ceiling, and door opening. Then you will add the door, cover the walls with T&G (Tongue and Groove), build sauna benches & finally add the sauna trim. Interior Pre-Cut saunas are permanent and cannot be relocated.

Modular Indoor Saunas are a panelized sauna that comes in prebuilt, modular panels that interlock into freestanding sturdy sauna room. Ceiling panels are set atop to enclose the room. The modular sauna option gives you the freedom to relocate at any time! Modular saunas can be installed inside or outside (with the addition of a roof kit option)

Modular Outdoor Saunas are a panelized sauna that comes in prebuilt, modular panels that interlock into freestanding sturdy sauna room. Ceiling panels are set and a roof kit are set atop to enclose the room. The modular sauna option gives you the freedom to relocate at any time! 

Yes, all of our Sauna Kits are considered custom and will be tailored to whatever you specify. You are only bound by the space you are working with and the clearance needed for the heater.

A spare framed room with vertical studs and insulated walls & a non-permeable floor.

Most electrical sauna heaters work best on their own circuit. Most sauna rooms will use a 240 volt powered heater, which will heat your sauna much faster. It is recommended to have a licensed electrician install the sauna heater.

You also need insulation in the walls and a way to vent the sauna, generally back into the house. Venting directly outside may cause airflow problems for your heater. You do not want cold air blowing into your sauna from above, only below near your heater. 

Noteworthy: The Interior Pre-Cut Saunas finish the interior of the room. Pre-Cut saunas are permanent and cannot be relocated. If you are interested in a sauna that you can relocate at some point, check out our Modular Indoor and Modular Outdoor sauna kits!


Yes, they can be assembled and re-assembled somewhere else.

The backrests keep your back off of the sauna wall boards to prevent sweat and oils to be absorbed into the wood, helping preserve them for many years.

We offer a variety of Sauna Flooring options. Our most popular options are the Duck-Board and True-Tile.

Both Commercial Boilers & Residential Generators should be within 25' but the size of the generator can be increased to compensate for condensation if a residential or commercial steam generator are between 25' to 100' from the steam room.

The biggest difference between the Amerec AX Generators & the Amerec AK Generators is that the AX Generators have an "Intelligent Start" and "Warm Start" feature, and the AK Generators do not. 

Intelligent Start-  A preheat feature that prepares the bath before someone enters

Warm Start-  A feature used in Day Spas and for use with the A6 Controller only, maintains a tanks water temperature at just below boiling. This reduces the heating time by about 2-3 minutes.(Warm start cable purchase necessary)Intelligent start pre-heats bath to be ready when needed

Mold, Mildew and Virus- free: Compared to traditional tile steam rooms, our Advanced Hybrid Steam Rooms are superiorly clean. Scandia's innovative Power Zone technology and the use of engineered materials ensures a sanitary unit. With just a push of a button, the Advanced Hybrid Steam Room is automatically sanitized and sterilized in less than an hour.

Cost Efficiency: These residential steam rooms are up to 50% more energy efficient than traditional tile rooms. This means smaller steam equipment is required and hundreds of dollars in energy savings each year.

We recommend sweeping or vacuuming your sauna for dirt, hair, and dust, in order to keep your sauna in tip-top shape. After you've done that, we recommend treating your sauna with Sauna Wood Oil

We recommend a regular application of Sauna wood oil. This wood oil will enhance your sauna experience through the restoration of the woods original aroma as well as extend the life of your sauna by increasing its resistance to pests and mildew.

Your sauna rocks can be removed from your heater and soaked in soapy water to remove any debris. (Make sure that the sauna rocks have had plenty of time to cool down before you handle them) After you've let your sauna rocks soak, make sure you let them dry before placing them back into your heater.Cleaning your sauna heater will be a lot easier when the rocks are removed. Most electric sauna heaters will not require much maintenance, but you can wipe them down with a rag. 

There are numorous benefits from Sauna Bathing:

A saunas' dry heat has profound effects on the body. The pulse rate jumps by 30% or more, allowing the heart to nearly double the amount of blood it pumps each minute. Most of the extra blood flow is directed to the skin; in fact, the circulation actually shunts blood away from the internal organsEases pain within the joints and muscles, due to the increased blood flowRegular sauna use is shown to regulate the appetite, increase metabolism, and improve oxygen utilization, helping to fuel weight loss along with a reduction in body fatHeat has been proven to positively impact your mitochondria, the ‘batteries’ powering your cells, helping your body naturally produce more energy and stay fit