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How to choose a sauna

How to choose a sauna

Saunas come in a range of sizes and, contrary to popular belief, aren't that difficult to find space for or construct.

Sauna heater types

The type of heater you use is critical to the design of your sauna. Saunas can be broken down into two main types; convection, which includes electric, gas and wood fired heaters, and radiation, which includes Far Infrared (FIR) heaters.

Sauna maintenance

Sauna maintenance

Caring for saunas isn't that complicated. For the most part, it comes down to knowing how to clean up after yourself, and what sorts of things you need to avoid.

Energy efficiency and saunas

Energy efficient saunas

Energy efficiency in saunas is dependent on a number of factors: fuel, temperature settings, the size of the room and its frequency of use.

Sauna size and height

Size and height of the sauna

The size of your sauna affects how much fuel it uses, how long it takes to get hot, and how comfortable it is.

Sauna accessories and stones

How to choose stones and accessories for saunas

The accessories you choose for your sauna will allow you to use it the way it's meant to be used.

Sauna performance

One important factor in your sauna will be the type of heater you use, but you will also need to pay close attention to the size and height of your sauna to ensure they suit your heater.

Far infrared sauna heater

Far infrared (FIR) sauna heaters

Far Infrared (FIR) saunas are relatively new - they don't use steam, and instead rely on infra red radiation.

Wood-fired sauna heaters

Wood-fired sauna heaters

Wood fired saunas work in a similar fashion to electric and gas heaters, and can give a charming, rustic feel.

Electric sauna heater

Electric sauna heaters

Electric sauna heaters cost more to run and create more CO2 emissions, but are easy to install.

Gas sauna heaters

Gas sauna heaters

Gas heaters are cheaper to operate and result in less CO2 emissions. They also require gas piping.

Sauna performance considerations

Sauna performance considerations

How well a sauna performs largely comes down to the type of sauna you've chosen, and what it's supposed to do. Infrared saunas, for example, work very differently from steam saunas. Learn more here.

Steam generators

Where a sauna heats the room, steam generators are used in steam rooms to raise the humidity.

Sauna checklist

Sauna checklist

The sauna checklist covers the issues you need to consider to ensure your sauna is a comfortable, safe and worthwhile investment.

Sauna ventilation

Proper ventilation in your sauna ensure that you're breathing fresh air, and help circulate heat around the room.