Some may like their sauna hotter than others may, but the type of sauna heater chosen is important to achieve the desired affects. Whether heated by wood, electric, gas or ultraviolet, the outcome is basically the same. A highly heated room, typically accompanied by bursts of steam.
A typical sauna heater can provide temperatures of between 185 and 195 degrees Fahrenheit. This is usually accompanied by a humidity level of between 70 and 100 percent. Others, however, may prefer the temperature to be between 110 and 120 degrees with a 10 to 30 percent humidity level.
When choosing a sauna heater, it’s important to think about these ranges and what you prefer. Saunas, which rely on heated rocks to create steam are fairly popular and provide a space for certain types of stones to be heated. Many people believe the sauna heater requiring a wood burner provides a better experience. The burning wood heats the sauna and rocks and the person can sprinkle water on the rocks to create steam.
Heat Source Is Variable Factor Among Heaters
Manufacturers of low wattage infrared sauna heaters claim their products evenly distribute heat when the stainless steel elements are placed throughout the sauna. Typical small saunas, for one to four people can be heated by plugging them into a household 110-volt outlet. Larger units may require higher voltage levels.
A wood or gas sauna heater will require proper ventilation with a wood burner usually installed outside the unit, but most have a means of adding wood to the fire from inside. The required ventilation will prevent dangerous gases from being trapped inside the sauna.
The growing trend in a sauna heater is the far ultraviolet type, which is typically made of 100% ceramic materials, allowing the infrared to pass through easily and provide evenly distributed heat. Claims are this type of heat is absorbed into the body more readily, offering the benefits sought more easily.
The lifespan of a typical far ultraviolet sauna heater is about 10,000 operating hours, which translates into about 35 years if used five times per week. Operating costs, of course, will be determined by the times it is in use as well as the times it is operating while not being used.
No matter which type of sauna heater that is chosen there are certain health-related concerns to be considered. While it’s been noted that blood pressure may be lowered due to the increase in capillary size, checking with a doctor before using a sauna may be a prudent move.