I was recently asked to review a local company from San Diego. They sell an interesting health product called a far infrared sauna. While I didn’t know what it was at the time, I soon found out that this can be very beneficial to your health.
Instead of me going on and on about what this technology does, I thought it would be more fitting to share a few links with you – so you could further investigate them and see if it may be something you’re interested in.
For what this health sauna claims to do, it is well worth the investment if you purchase one from the right company. But, be warned they are certainly not cheap.
Here is some interesting research I turned up – mostly excerpts from a leading expert:
Far Infrared Sauna vs traditional sauna…
Which heats up quicker?
Which has more healing benefits?
Which costs more to operate?
Which is simple to assemble?
Which can be moved without the help of an electrician?
Which is faster and easier to clean?
Which will probably cost you unnecessary money in the future?
Get these answers and more…
Infrared Sauna vs. Traditional Sauna which is better?
I discovered this debate has been going on for some time now.
My opinion is — it’s a matter of choice. But, having researched this market, my opinion may be biased at this point.
Here’s my take:
Below are seven quick differences that (in my opinion) make the far infrared sauna a wiser investment:
Heats up quicker — easier to breathe – and longer sessions equal more healing benefits!
1) In less than 15 minutes, a high-quality fir sauna is ready to go. As stated on this infrared sauna Twitter page by an expert named Glen Porter.
He also says a traditional sauna, sized properly, will heat in around 25-45 minutes.
Infrared saunas achieve the same benefits (and more) at a far lower operating temperature. The temperature for a traditional sauna typically ranges between 150 and 185º F. In the United States, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) dictates that the maximum temperature at ceiling level is 194º F (90º C).
So claims that a traditional sauna exceeds 200º F is simply not true.
A ”true” far infrared sauna is usually set between 120 and 140º F. – depending on “quality”.
But, unlike a traditional sauna, the goal is not to achieve an extremely high temperature. It’s to laser-direct the healing infrared rays so they penetrate the object (you) at a much deeper level.
Certainly sweating will occur using either sauna type. What’s very different between the two, is the method that is used to heat your body. In a fir sauna you will feel hot – you will sweat profusely – but at a much lower temperature.
Unlike traditional saunas that heat the air inside the room – making it much harder to breathe fir saunas don’t.
In a traditional Finnish/hot rock sauna – the heating element (an Incoloy rod) heats the surrounding air (not your body directly). This type of heating makes for a very hot environment. In my opinion, only salt and dirt from the top layer of your skin is sweated out when using this type of sauna. It simply doesn’t have the true penetrating power.
The opposite is true in the latter, the heat is so laser-targeted, it penetrates your body much deeper offering even more healing values.
You’ll also be able to enjoy baby-bottom-skin – the releasing of toxins – weight loss – and many other major benefits more. Why? Because you’ll be able to stay in for longer sessions. Compared to traditional saunas where you reach a point quickly where you’re gasping for air. Pretty logical actually.
Which will save you more on your electric bill?
2) Traditional saunas cost more to operate. However, electrical costs are a direct reflection of heater size and operating time. Most traditional saunas will cost you about 50 cents per hour. A typical infrared sauna consumes about the same amount of power as a vacuum cleaner. Realistically it will cost you about 10 cents per hour to run a two person unit.
So, running a traditional sauna will cost you more. And, my thinking is, why spend more than you have to for fewer health benefits?
As a comparison, say the two different saunas get used four times per week — 1 hour each session.
Traditional Sauna: Around $96.00 per year.
Far-Infrared Sauna: Around $19.20 per year. A $76.80 savings per year.
And, I have NOT included the money (and time) you waste waiting for a traditional sauna to heat up before you can use it. So your savings could be double or triple that.
40 minutes to assemble a high quality far infrared sauna –
Most traditional saunas will take a few days or more
3) FIR units come primarily as pre-fabricated panels that snap or screw together. They are a breeze to assemble. Traditional saunas can take many hours – leading up to a few good days to install properly.
Infrared saunas are also much easier to move and reassemble in a different spot. Traditional saunas are not.
Watch this video see Glen Porter put one together quickly:
You can also see some quality pictures on his infrared saunas Facebook fan page as well.
4) Infrared saunas are elegant, and you can install them just about anywhere. Traditional Saunas are usually bulky and require massive amounts of space to fit the very large stove. Traditional saunas also require special electrical work. FIR saunas plug into any outlet.
5) Traditional saunas require a dedicated breaker. Electricians are not cheap. Even if you go this route, and later decide to go through the hassle of moving a traditional sauna to another location, you’ll have to call the electrician back out.
Which sauna is easier to clean and requires less maintenance?
6) A traditional ‘wet sauna’ involves very high humidity levels that are a breeding ground for the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. In my opinion, far infrared saunas stay much cleaner. But, the truth is, neither are that difficult. You just have to keep a watchful eye when using a traditional sauna regularly.
The sauna that will break down more often:
7) High-quality infrared sauna heaters are guaranteed for life! Because you’ll be adding water to a Finnish-traditional sauna, be expecting a lot more wear and tear. Prepare yourself to spend money on replacement parts in the future.
Surfaces in a traditional sauna reach such high temperatures, they can easily cause burns. That’s beside the hot rocks!
Because of the harsh operating conditions in a traditional sauna, a sound system or TV for you to enjoy while relaxing, is out of the question. With an infrared sauna, you can chill out to jazz, country, or your favorite TV show. They also come with a reading light so you can enjoy a new novel or your favorite monthly magazine.
These are just a few of the differences. I used the traditional/Finnish sauna as a comparison in this article because most people are familiar with them. I would encourage you to compare the two. Also check out the links in this article. The expert named (Glen Porter) really knows his stuff and can cut your learning curve way down like he did for me.