If you enjoy going to a sauna, or if you’ve been thinking about the health benefits associated with saunas, you might want to consider installing a home sauna. They cost less than you might think, are fairly easy to maintain, and installing one in your home is much more convenient and cost-effective in the long run than maintaining an expensive fitness club membership just to have access to the sauna.


While you are considering a sauna for your home, you might as well also consider carefully which type of sauna you should buy. Traditional saunas are the kind most commonly found in health clubs and hotels, and their health benefits are well-documented; however, they rely primarily on heated air (through burning wood, coals or electric heating) to induce perspiration, and it can get a bit uncomfortable when the temperature gets up above 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Infrared saunas are growing in popularity as an alternative for home sauna use, for several important reasons:
  1. They rely on infrared rays to warm the skin, rather than focusing on heating the air inside the sauna. Thus, the warming is gentle, more effective, and less intense (typically 125-150 degrees) while producing a similar perspiration effect.
  2. The health benefits associated with saunas are enhanced with infrared technology. Because infrared warms the skin at a deeper level, blood flow and heart rate are increased, and blood pressure can be lowered. Also, the cells are oxygenated at a deeper level, allowing for the release and removal of more toxins from the body than traditional sauna use can cause. Even the number of calories burned in the sauna is increased—up to 600 calories per session.
  3. Infrared saunas are more convenient to install. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared saunas do not usually require special electrical wiring or a dedicated breaker. Additionally, there is no additional amount of maintenance between a conventional and an infrared sauna. Add the fact that most infrared saunas are far easier to assemble than the traditional kind, and you can understand why they are increasingly popular for home use.


While installing a sauna in your home will certainly include some up-front costs, consider that maintaining a health club membership for sauna access can cost much more over time—not to mention that you must travel to the health club several times a week to enjoy the benefits. A sauna in your home does not have to be shared with the public, and you can install 2-person, 3-person or 4-person saunas, as well. When you consider the health benefits, it can be well worth the cost to have the convenience of a home sauna.