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Can You Have a Sauna in Your Home?

10 Oct 2020, 12:40 PM

Can You Have a Sauna in Your Home?

Installing a Sauna At Home was something that only the rich and famous could afford, but today as technology as progressed, indoor Home Saunas are very much affordable.

Home Saunas are becoming very much on trend these days in a similar way hot tub are very much the luxury item to have. It’s understandable too, as the design and technological advancement of home saunas continue to improve, it’s much simpler to install one in your home today with simple DIY home sauna kits available.

More and more people in the UK are taking inspiration from the Scandinavian nations, especially Finland, which has more than two million saunas. And thanks to almost non-existent sauna regulations here, an indoor sauna has become an increasingly popular choice.

What is a Sauna

Saunas are small rooms that are heated to temperatures between 150°F and 195°F (65°C to 90°C). They often have unpainted, wood interiors and temperature controls. Saunas may also include rocks (as part of their heating element) that absorb and give off heat. Traditional Saunas Use water poured onto these rocks to create steam.

Relaxing in a hot, woodsy-scented sauna at home is a highly enjoyable experience normally only reserved for vacations, spa days and gyms.

Whether you indulge several times a week or only once a year, saunas can provide relaxation and health benefits, such as reducing minor aches and pains.

How Does A Home Sauna Work?

The technology is simple. A sauna is a small interior space. This space is fitted with a heat source (traditional rocks or infrared) to create a hot, steamy environment to relax, unwind and relieve muscle pain. A sauna works by using the dry heat generated by a heater in a small enclosed space. More people are realising the health benefits that frequent sauna use delivers.

Home Saunas

What Types of Saunas Are There?

There are mainly Three main types of home saunas:

Traditional Finnish Sauna

The humidity inside this wood-lined sauna is controlled by adding water onto heated rocks. When the temperature inside the sauna increases, the humidity decreases. The advantage of this traditional sauna is that you can release damp heat at periodic intervals by sprinkling water on the heat source. And in this warmth, your muscles relax and the accumulated toxins find their way out of your body through the open pores in your skin – thus, making a sauna session an exquisite health and beauty treatment experience.

Dry Sauna

This sauna is identical to the Traditional Finnish Sauna, but water is not sprinkled onto the heated rocks. In comparison, the humidity is low, and the temperature is high inside this sauna.

Infrared Sauna

Simular to a Dry Sauna, Infrared Saunas do not require water. This sauna has a humidity inside is zero. This sauna heats your body by enveloping it in infrared heat. This form of sauna has become most popular for DIY Home Saunas as these are easy to install, fast to heat up (don’t need to be left on or to warm up) and most only require plugging into a wall outlet.

Can You Install a Sauna in Your Home?

The simple answer is yes. As long as you have to room, a home sauna can be easily installed in your home. Installing a indoor sauna is pretty straightforward as you don’t need any Planning Permission. However, you still need to follow all the rules that apply for a residential building. Your home sauna can be installed in one day. Many kits are DIY friendly and can be put together by any competent DIY, but some people you will need to enlist the services of a professional.

How Much Does an Indoor/Home Sauna Cost?

Home saunas are becoming more and more affordable but a home sauna is still a luxury product and an ultimate one at that. Similar to hot tubs, the price can vary depending on the home saunas size and features.

For Example: The Jaquar Relaxo Home Sauna is a compact single person infrared home sauna, priced competitively with an RRP of £3,607.00. This generously sized relaxation centre features an easy-to-use touch control system, Infrared heating, Chromotherapy lighting, Bluetooth music system and comes with a 10-year guarantee.

You can also choose from among three other models within this price range.

Home Saunas

How Much Do Saunas Cost to Run?

Running cost of a home sauna will vary depending on size of home sauna and type of home sauna for example:

Let take a traditional sauna with a 4.5kw heater. If it takes the sauna an hour to get up to temperature, that has used 6Kwh at an average cost of 15 pence per Kwh, 15p x 4.5kw = 68 pence.

Running the sauna will then cost a bit less as the heater will only activate as temperatures drop dependant on how often you open and close the door. But on average home saunas use half the power once warmed up, so you are looking at approximately £1 to have an hour’s sauna in your own home.

Infrared Saunas are even more cost effective, as they do not require any warmup time and the heating elements use less power (ie 1.75kw in the Jaquar Relaxo Home Sauna), an hour sauna in this sauna would cost less than 30p

We hope you find the information about home saunas interesting. See more information about home saunas or see our range on home saunas available to purchase here.


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