Sauna : What is it?
A sauna is a self-contained unit or room with controlled humidity designed to be heated at high temperatures. It is used to induce sweating for therapeutic and recreational reasons such as relaxation, rejuvenation, increased metabolism, detoxification, pore cleansing, and other health benefits. It is commonly made of cedar wood that releases a pleasing and relaxing aroma as it heats up. A basic sauna includes a room or unit with a sauna door, a sauna heater, a bench or sitting area, a temperature and humidity controller, and a thermometer and timer. It uses different types of sauna heaters to produce different methods of heating. Most saunas today use electric heaters and hot rocks as heating devices. Water is splashed onto the rocks to release steam.
A sauna comes in different forms depending on the culture and geography. The most globally popular sauna is the Finnish sauna, which was originally a hole in the ground with a fire in the middle and an insulating roof.
Kinds of Saunas include the following:
- A dry sauna works like an oven.
- It is heated at a much higher temperature at up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit or 121 degrees Celsius.
- It keeps ambient moisture to nearly zero.
- It has a low humidity at just 5% to 10%.
- Its heating device is a an oven heater with hot granite or lava rocks.
- A dry sauna that uses radiation minus the harmful UV rays to generate heat is called an Infrared sauna. It provides lesser heat, but it is as effective as a traditional dry sauna.
- A wet sauna is also called a steam room.
- It uses water and heat to generate steam.
- It is heated at a much lower temperature as a dry sauna at around 100 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 to 46 degrees Celsius.
- The lower temperature prevents the very hot water from scalding the skin in case of contact.
- It has a humidity of 100%.
- It is ideal for those who want to rid their pores of dirt and grease.
- It can use a traditional sauna heater (water and hot rocks) or a modern steam generating machine as a heating device.
- It can be built with a showerhead and a jet system for water therapy.
|Standards: Only buy a sauna that meets the standards, specifications, and requirements of your building, state, or country code for sauna specifications.|
Size: For home use, look for a prebuilt, freestanding sauna as it comes in different sizes and is easy to install.
Customization: Get a customized sauna if you want more versatility, features, and design options.
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