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Howdy! Are you thinking of installing a sauna in (or outside) your home and trying to figure out which one is right for you? If so, you’re in the right place! Here is a clear, unbiased explanation of the differences between Traditional and Far-Infrared saunas from your friends at Aqua Vita Spas.
First, let’s outline some similarities between the two sauna types. Both Traditional and Far-Infrared saunas induce perspiration, relaxation and stress reduction. Further, both saunas are a great part of a healthy lifestyle and help burn calories. It is recommended for bathers to use either type of sauna for 10-15 minutes per session. The main differences between the Traditional and Far-Infrared saunas relate to the conditions under which the health benefits of perspiration, relaxation and stress reduction are achieved.
Traditional Sauna Traditional saunas are typically kept at 150-185 degrees Fahrenheit and are heated by convection heating. They can be both “dry” or “wet” meaning you can alter the humidity in the sauna by adding water to the heating system. Humidity levels in a traditional sauna can range from >10% to up to 50% depending on your preference. Traditional saunas typically take 30-40 minutes to heat up, and once the room achieves the set temperature, the heater will cycle on and off to maintain the desired temperature. In sum: If you enjoy higher temperatures and the option to include steam in your sauna then the Traditional sauna may be the best sauna for you.
Far-Infrared Sauna Far-Infrared saunas are typically set to 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit and are a normal house humidity. The goal of the Far-Infrared saunas is to generate the optimal wavelength of Far-Infrared heat energy (~8.4-9.4 microns), which penetrates the body to raise core body temperature and stimulate perspiration. Since the emitters produce the heat energy as soon as they are turned on, a person may begin bathing as soon as the heater is turned on. Because perspiration induced by the Far-Infrared heat energy, it is important for the emitters to be on the whole time the bather is in the Far-Infrared sauna. In sum: If you prefer lower temperatures but with body-penetrating heat, the Far-Infrared sauna may be your best sauna choice.
Last- we know energy use is an important factor as you make your decision. Neither rooms will cause a substantial increase in a household electric bill however, on average, Traditional saunas tend to be larger than Far-Infrared saunas and therefore use slightly more energy.
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