With a huge variety of saunas available in the market these days, it can be pretty challenging for a first time buyer to find a good Sauna Heater. If you are one of those people who are currently on their pursuit to find a good Sauna Heater, we have some valuable pieces of information for you that you should go through before making the final decision.
1. Infrared heaters’ surface temperature
The buyer must verify the effectiveness of the sauna heaters along with the size of the infrared wave length that they produce. The two main principles that administer the emission of infrared rays are the “Plank’s Law” and the “Wein’s Law”. According to these principles if the infrared sauna heater’s surface temperature is low, then the radiant infrared wave will be a lot longer. The infrared heat is the most effective when the radiant wave is the longest.
Infrared heaters are the most significant component in far infrared saunas. Most people who do not know a lot about the functioning of the infrared saunas usually care about the appearance, model and the type of the wood used. Only a few people focus more on the working of the heaters. Infrared sauna heaters should maintain proper temperature in order to generate good quality infrared heat rehabilitation for the bathers. The correct surface temperature of a sauna surface is usually less than 480 degrees.
2. The direction of the infrared radiant heat
The problem with traditional carbon-based sauna heaters is that even though they generate good quality infrared radiant wave, the wave that they generate is too small and thus, it does not concentrate in our bodies. The carbon-based infrared sauna heaters work the best when the distance between the heater and the body is only a couple of inches. The latest models of infrared sauna units do not have this problem as they create longer waves, but it depends on the surface heat so if you are looking into buying a new heater, consider looking into these factors besides the appearance, cost and the wooden flooring. It is highly recommended that you only choose infrared sauna heaters that have better functionality and that send the heat directly to the core of your body.
At Aqualine Saunas, we provide a wide variety of saunas including infrared saunas, indoor saunas, outdoor saunas, sauna heaters and accessories at great prices.
A sauna is basically a small bathhouse that is specially designed so that it can be heated to high temperatures along with controlled humidity. Saunas are used for recreational purposes as well as therapeutic reasons and are proven to offer great relaxation with several health benefits. Furthermore, sweating helps the body in releasing toxins.
Most of the saunas being manufactured these days are made out of wood and these woods are usually aromatic and produce pleasant aromas when they heat up. There are different kinds of saunas available in the market these days. The heat sources used in saunas are normally wood, electricity or gas.
When people discuss the differences between the different types of saunas, they focus more on why one particular manufacturer or why one particular difference makes the type of sauna that they manufacture so much better than the other variety. Let’s take a look at some of the more common kinds of saunas in relation to their functioning.
1. Steam Saunas
Steam saunas only have 20% to 25% of humidity. Steam saunas produce vapors using a steam generator. This steam generator does not have to sit in the sauna itself and can easily be installed outside the sauna unit. Most people find it convenient to install the control panel indoors because that way they can easily administer the temperature. Steam has many health benefits and that is why many people still choose to go for the steam saunas.
2. Infrared Saunas
Infrared Saunas are saunas that emit electromagnetic waves that are invisible instead of heated water. These waves penetrate the body and are directly absorbed by the tissues in our bodies. The energy released by Infrared Sauna waves is even less than that of visible light. Infrared sauna technology is fairly new and has several health benefits attached to it.
3. Outdoor Saunas
Traditionally Saunas in Finland were built outside the houses on the banks of rivers and lakes. In current days, outdoor saunas are still popular especially in colder places. An outdoor sauna provides an invigorating aura. It offers people a get away from their tiring daily lives in the form of a quiet and relaxing place.
At Aqualine Saunas, we provide a wide variety of saunas including infrared saunas, indoor saunas, outdoor saunas, sauna heaters and sauna accessories at affordable prices in the US.
I can’t quite believe how quickly time flies! It feels like only yesterday that we were all eagerly anticipating 2015.
Before we all head off for a break, we want to say a massive thank you to all of our customers for your support throughout the past year.
It has been a busy but enthralling year here at Aqualine. We’ve seen the launch of the new products from Harvia and SaunaMed-Saunas and expanded our partnerships with manufactures Scandia.
The next 12 months are going to see some exciting changes and additions to world of saunas and as always we’ll work tirelessly here at Aqualine to bring these new products to you.
Acting on customer feedback has always been part of our ethos as we strive to bring you the best products and value for money.
We value all your contributions and we really do appreciate the effort many of you go to, be it writing reviews or supplying images and videos of your new saunas and steam rooms.
As it’s Christmas, our team will be taking some time off so we’ll be away from the office until Monday 29th December. If you do have any queries in the mean time please drop us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible on our return.
So until then, have a very mHappy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
Gas saunas, are significantly cheaper to operate than electric models. Likewise, gas is considered to be a cleaner fuel source, this is because burning gas results in much lowner CO2 emissions than electricity does. Not all homes have access to gas, but if you’re planning on installing a large sauna or if you intend to use it regularly, a gas heater is likely to be a much more cost effective option in the long term. Scandia gas heaters also offer the option to use a propane source.
Gas sauna heaters are not as common as electric models, but the function and operation is the same as many other saunas heaters. A gas sauna heater works via a gas burner, fed either by built-in gas piping or an gas tank, that heats a metal plate on which heat stones are stacked.
The heat from gas sauna heaters is seen to be an even and consistent heat as it is easier to regulate, this makes gas sauna heaters more user friendly.
Gas sauna heaters do require a flue to exhaust the fumes and they will also require their own air intake independent of the saunas main bather ventilation.
Just sitting in your sauna on any normal day is a relaxing experience. On those days when the stress is piling up and you need a little more than just sitting in a quiet place to unwind; try these saunarelaxation exercises.
1) Sauna Relaxation through Breathing
While you are sitting in your sauna, relax your whole body and concentrate on nothing other than your breathing.
Inhale slowly through your nose and take in a large, lung filing breath; hold for a count of three and then exhale slowly. Keep repeating this simple exercise until the only thing you are thinking about is your breathing and the rest of your body has relaxed.
2) Sauna Relaxation through Released Tension
We tense up all day without even realizing it. With this sauna relaxation exercise, you are going to tense up on purpose to relieve stress in your body. Working from the top of your head down to your toes, follow these steps to relax your body:
1) Tighten each muscle group one at a time (start with your facial muscles)
3) Slowly release the muscles into a relaxed state
3) Sauna Relaxation through Stretching
If you have the room, stretch out your muscles like you would before you exercise. Stretching releases endorphins that make you feel good and will bring about a feeling of wellbeing.
If you don’t have room to do full stretches, at least stretch out your neck, back and arms to get the benefits of additional sauna relaxation through stretching.
What is emissivity?
Emissivity is the ability an object has to emit or absorb energy. Objects that are seen as ‘Perfect emitters’, have an emissivity of 1, emitting 100% of energy. An object with an emissivity of 0.8 will absorb 80% and reflect 20% of energy. Emissivity may vary with temperature and wavelength but the basic rule is the warmer an object is, the more active its molecules are, and the more infrared energy it emits.
As ceramic infrared heaters are smaller than carbon panel heaters, they will produce much more heat per square inch of heating surface, therefore providing more valuable infrared heat.
What’s really important however is intensity.
Far infrared heaters don’t product different type of infrared energy but they do differ in the amount of infrared energy that they produce. All infrared heaters are produced with different qualities of carbon and ceramic materials with different manufacturing processes used depending on the company. There are cheaply made, poor performing heaters and there are high quality, high performing infrared heaters such as the DuraWave heater manufactured by SaunaMed. The ultimate test of an infrared heater is its ability to produce high levels of useful infrared heat.
The performance of an infrared heater is measured by the concentration of energy/electricity in the panel. The infrared heater industry usually refers to this as ‘Watt Density’. Many of the carbon infrared heating panels you will find installed in saunas today are based on Low Watt Density panels. We already know that the hottest panels or elements produce higher levels of infrared. High Watt Density carbon panels are created with sophisticated manufacturing processes involving microscopic droplets of carbon. These specialized nano forms of carbon originate in Japan and very few companies possess the technology to process the carbon and produce high performing carbon heater panels. They are also very expensive to produce. This is why the vast majority of the carbon panels on today’s market are inferior to DuraWave infrared heaters.
Fortunately it is easy to tell which type of carbon panels the sauna uses.
Low Watt Density panels are easily identifiably in that they cover much of the inside walls of the sauna and extend high up above the potential bathers head. These inexpensive Low Watt heaters waste power in unoccupied areas of the sauna.
Many of the saunas on the market today simply connect to a standard 13amp outlet. It’s essential that this limited power source is utilised by high quality heaters.
The DuraWave infrared heaters supplied by SaunaMed are High Watt Density ceramic heaters. They provide an average emissivity of 92% peaking at 96%. They are simply best the choice available. Coupled with the patented EMR neutral technology they are unbeatable.
Remember if you are in a sauna and able to put your hand on a heater and leave it their comfortably you are using a Low Watt Density sauna and will be exposed to a low density of infrared waves.
Every parent knows that children are ready for some things earlier than others. Some children read faster, some children play sports sooner and some children are ready to use a sauna before others are.
Is There a Specific Age for Children to Start Using Saunas?
In Finland, mothers gave birth to children in saunas because it was a sterilized environment and children in other countries, where saunas are a part of their culture, are exposed to them as infants.
For children that were not exposed to saunas when they were infants, it really all depends on the child. The best thing to do is to take your child in the sauna with you (never, ever alone) and see how they handle it.
If they don’t like it and want to leave, then leave with them. If they like the heat, allow them to stay in with you for a brief period of time.
Is There a Time Limit for Children in Saunas?
Absolutely! A child cannot regulate its body like an adult can through sweat, so they should only stay in a sauna for a short period of time. Most experts recommend not allowing a child to use a sauna for more than 15 minutes.
(There are professionals that do not recommend sauna use for children under the age of 6. For children this young talk to your pediatrician for their recommendation.)
To get the most out of your steam room or sauna, you need to add a shower before and after. Skipping out on this important part can decrease the benefits you gain from using a sauna or steam room.
Showering Before the Sauna
Showing before using your steam room or sauna has a number of benefits:
- It cleans your skin of all the dirt, toxins and oils that are on the surface, giving your sauna a better start in cleansing you of the deeper toxins; instead of having to clear the surface stuff first.
- It raises your body temperature, so it takes less time to start sweating once inside the sauna.
- It also gives your sauna or steam room time to warm up to the temperature you want it at.
Showering After the Sauna
The whole point of using a sauna or steam room is to sweat. You are sweating out toxins from inside your body, you are sweating dirt out of your pores and you are sweating bacteria out of your pores as well.
Once you are done with the sauna or steam room, all of this stuff that you have sweated out is now sitting on your skin. If you don’t take a shower immediately after to wash all of this off you will carry it around on your skin for the whole day. It will get all over your clothes and your pores will become clogged again; reversing any skin cleansing benefits of using the sauna in the first place.
The Aqualine Saunas SaunaMed Signature range offers you a sauna and steam shower in one unit.