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Infrared Saunas VS Finnish Sauna
Infrared Saunas vs. Finnish Saun
asMany people have tried one or the other type of sauna, but few have been able to try both. Likewise, Infrared Saunas are relatively new compared to traditional saunas, and many people are simply not familiar with them. Unfortunately, addressing these differences has proven problematic for a number of other infrared sauna companies. We would like to take this opportunity to clear up what misinformation we can.

Sauna Type Overview
Finnish Saunas
With a traditional Finnish (or hot rock) sauna, the sauna heating element (an incoloy rod) heats the surrounding air (not the body directly), resulting in a very hot environment, with air temperatures in the 180F to 220F range. The body then reacts to this negative environment, and begins to sweat in an attempt to cool the skin and thus the body. The sauna user can adjust the humidity within the unit to protect the body’s mucous membranes (lungs, skin, eyes, etc.) by splashing water on the heating element. This is why traditional Finnish saunas are often understood to be filled with steam.

Infrared Saunas
An infrared sauna does not heat the surrounding air to the same degree that a traditional sauna does. Instead, it heats the body directly with infrared heat waves, raising the body's core temperature instead its surface temperature. The result is a drastically lower ambient temperature, typically in the 100F to 130F range. It is subsequently not necessary to raise the humidity within the sauna, which means that an infrared sauna won't be filled with steam in the same way. Infrareds also require a significantly shorter warm-up time than traditional saunas, again because it isn't necessary to raise the air temperature as high. As a result of these lower temperatures, infrared saunas are better suited for those who find the extreme temperatures of traditional saunas to be claustrophobic or oppressively hot. Similarly, they may be more appropriate for those who suffer from chronic illnesses and who would be looking to take daily sessions, as they can be more effective at releasing toxins from the body. Finally, these lower temperatures allow you to stay in the infrared sauna for longer periods of time. This in turn results in more sweating than you might by using a traditional sauna for, say, half the time. You would likely sweat similar amounts if you were to stay in either sauna for the same periods of time, but the infrared sauna just makes staying in the sauna longer much more feasible.
Difference in Use
Infrared Sauna Sweat Analysis
There is, regrettably, too much misinformation out there related to the levels of toxins released by these two sauna types. As sauna veterans, we've heard people claim that 15% to 20% of your sweat will contain toxins. We believe this to be completely misleading and lacking any proof. Hundreds of different conditions in your body will affect how many toxins are released. Yes, we do subscribe to the belief that Infrared Saunas will lead to the release of more toxins than traditional saunas, but in no way do we offer up such unsubstantiated numbers. One of the biggest differences is related to the duration of time that can be spent in the sauna itself. Many people argue that in terms of volume, both infrared saunas and traditional saunas will result in the same amount of sweat per minute spent inside the sauna. We don't deny this, but it's important to understand that traditional saunas are much hotter than infrared saunas. This means that most people are able to spend a great deal more time in an infrared sauna, than a traditional sauna, simply because the heat is much more comfortable. These longer sessions mean that in practice, more sweating tends to occur in an infrared sauna than a traditional type.

Differences in Installation
Finnish saunas usually come as pre-cut units and you must build the sauna into an allotted space within your home. The installation of this unit can take weeks to complete. On the other hand, infrared saunas are modular, meaning that the unit has already been pre-built for you and will arrive ready for assembly. Even if you find a modular hot rock sauna, these typically take several times as long to assemble compared to an infrared sauna, and they often require electrical upgrades. You can also place an infrared sauna anywhere in your home, on virtually any surface. If you remodel, you can easily move the sauna, and if you move, you can bring the sauna with you! In short, infrared saunas tend to be much more portable and versatile than traditional Finnish saunas.
Requirements and Costs
Power Requirements
All of our infrared saunas use a standard 110 Volt 15 Amp power plug. Many sauna companies fail to mention the power requirements of the saunas they sell, and you end up having to upgrade your home’s wiring to accommodate them, at an extra cost to yourself. Most Finnish saunas run at 240 Volts and between 12 and 30 Amps, thus generally requiring some rewiring work. This is yet another advantage of going with the infrared saunas. Manufacturers typically make the switch to 240Volts because units will run more



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