The health and lifestyle benefits of sauna bathing have been known in many cultures for thousands of years. But many people are too self-conscious to use the public saunas at the gym and think only millionaires with mansions have a home sauna. This is no longer the case: modern kit-sets that you can buy at your local Home Depot, Costco, or on Amazon mean that anyone can easily install a high-quality infrared sauna in their home and enjoy the health and relaxation benefits it offers.
Why You Should Consider Adding A Sauna To Your Home
A sauna is a perfect way to wind down and warm up after a long day, particularly on those cold winter evenings. There are also a number of proven health benefits including detoxification, better circulation, and a boosted immune system.
All of these benefits are available in the convenience, privacy and comfort of your own home if you choose to install a home sauna. If you are planning to build a house or are thinking of remodeling or updating your existing house, consider installing a sauna!
STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING
Choose A Well Ventilated Space
Remember that saunas are all about steam. Home saunas have built in vents to let out excess steam. So to avoid water damage in your home, be sure to choose a well ventilated, moisture-safe area to install your sauna. Many people choose to put theirs’ in the garage, bathroom or conservatory.
Measure Your Space (Especially Floor To Ceiling)
It goes without saying that you need to buy a sauna that will fit in the space you have for it. But it is worth noting that you need to take the floor to ceiling measurement very carefully. Most home sauna kits stand at 75 inches tall but, because wiring, electrical components, and vents are situated on the roof of most units, you need at least five inches of clearance above it. If the ceiling in your home is less than 80 inches tall, you’ll need to shop carefully for a lower model.
Check Electrical Requirements
Most kit-set home saunas plug right into a standard household plug (15 amp) but there are some models which require a 20 amp outlet which may mean you need an electrician to do modifications. This is particularly true of larger 3 or 4 person saunas. Make sure you’re aware of electrical requirements before you purchase your sauna.
Consider The Features You Desire
There is a huge range of features available in modern home saunas: from magazine racks to built-in stereo systems to chromo-therapy. For the environmentally conscious, there are also models made from certified “green wood” such as reforested Canadian Hemlock. Most companies also list the energy consumption of their unit and this is an important consideration for people who are worried about an increase in their power bill. Think about the types of features that are most important to you and bear these in mind as you shop for your home sauna.
TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE INSTALLATION AND ASSEMBLY
Enlist Some Help
Kit-set saunas do have large and heavy components which make it difficult for one person to lift and fix into place. It’s best to have two or three people around to construct the sauna kit when it arrives.
Read Instructions Carefully
You’d think this was just common sense, but you’d be amazed at how many reviewers admit to making mistakes and damaging their sauna because they rushed into assembly without reading the instructions and carefully planning their process. There are two main risks here; the first is that the warranty may be void if a defect is caused due to human error, and the second, and most serious, concern is that you are working with electrical components and do not want to risk making a mistake.
Double Check Before You Plug It In And Start It Up
Most kit-set home saunas can be constructed and ready to turn on in an afternoon. But, your sauna is made to reach temperatures upwards of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so it pays to double check that each step has been followed correctly before you turn it on.
The Relaxation And Health Benefits Of Your Own Home Sauna Are Easier Than You Think
You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy a relaxing, detoxifying sauna right in the comfort of your own home. There is a wide range of affordable, easy to assemble saunas available to the home health enthusiast. All that it takes is some careful planning, well-researched shopping, and the patience to put it together properly. You should definitely consider a home sauna as the next investment in your health and well-being.