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Infra Red vs Traditional Sauna

Our DRY Infra Red Sauna now Poolside

Our Infra Red Sauna is now operating poolside, here’s a brief outline of the comparison between the new Infra Red and old traditional sauna technology. It’s important to note that you should enter the Sauna dry
The benefits of sauna wellness have been understood for centuries with the usage of traditional steam saunas. New technologies have made it possible to introduce far infrared saunas to the market, making it difficult to choose the right sauna for you. Here we dive into the differences of steam and infrared saunas so you can get the maximum benefits out of your sauna and understand why far infrared stands superior to any other.

Temperature and Humidity

Traditional saunas are used by pouring water over heated rocks to create steam. The average heat of a room typically ranges from 185º to 190º F, making it a hot and humid experience. Far infrared saunas are dry saunas, and the heaters operate between 110º – 170º F, giving you a more comfortable temperature to perspire in while still obtaining the great benefits of heat. This also means that you can spend longer sessions in an infrared sauna, if you desire.

Perspiration and Duration

Both saunas induce perspiration. Traditional saunas need to be heated 30 – 40 minutes before usage, to get the rock hot, making you perspire as soon as you step in. Infrared sauna rays penetrate your skin and heat your body directly, not losing heat in the surrounding air. This means you can enter an infrared sauna as you turn it on, though most people prefer to let it heat until it reaches 110º F. Traditional saunas can be turned off once the rocks are hot enough, but because the infrared rays are produced by the heaters, the infrared sauna has to be on for the duration of the session.

Ecological Footprint and Maintenance

Because traditional saunas are larger than infrared saunas, and they need to reach higher temperatures, they tend to cost more on a per use basis. “A traditional sauna can be almost three times as expensive to run as an infrared sauna” Chris Sherwood of Livestrong reports. Without the added humidity, infrared saunas also decrease the risk of diseases and bacteria to spread.