Choosing the Right Sauna
If you’re in the market for a sauna, you’ve probably experienced one in a health club or hotel gym. You remember how good you felt as your sweat flushed away toxins and your skin glowed from the intense heat. Unfortunately, a health club or hotel sauna isn’t convenient every time you’d like to take a sweat bath. Plus, sharing the sauna with strangers detracts from the experience. As more people try to create a personal gym or health spa environment in their own homes, a sauna becomes a logical addition to a master bedroom or exercise area.
Embracing the sauna lifestyle is the first step in creating the perfect health spa environment for your home. Now that you’ve decided to make the investment, the question becomes, What sauna should I buy? The question sounds simple enough, but there are a lot of different types and styles to choose from, making the decision more complicated than you may have thought.
Original Finnish saunas were freestanding huts made of logs and heated with wood fires. They were built outdoors and could accommodate entire families and even some friendly neighbors. Today the vast majority of home saunas are small, two- to four-person units, although some are large enough to accommodate a dozen bathers. These contemporary saunas are warmed with electric heaters, allowing them to be built indoors or outdoors. Some are custom built to fit a particular space, while others are prefabricated and come in a variety of set sizes.
Another major point of differentiation is the style of heater. Most contemporary saunas use an electric heater that cooks a bed of rocks, which radiate an even and intense heat. Others use an infrared radiant heating system that is more localized and less intense,
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