Your Complete Guide to Saunas
The many health benefits, and a complete guide to what to look for when buying a sauna.
Questions to Ask When Buying a Sauna
Here are some important questions to ask to help you select the best sauna:
What is the total square inches of the actual carbon heaters?
Keep in mind that most companies use very tall carbon heaters so there is a large area of heater in the sauna, but the infrared heat is wasted, as half of the heaters are above your head. Unless you’re only measuring from the neck down, that number is really not representative of the effectiveness of an infrared sauna. The idea with infrared therapy is to heat your body directly. The heat up over your head is wasted infrared heat.
What are the heaters made of? What percentage of the panels is actual carbon?
Cheaper manufacturers will use ceramic heaters, weak or mixed-material carbon heaters, fiberglass panels with carbon fiber sprayed on, or ‘carbon panel heaters’ that are made of a plastic sheet with a paint-thin coating of carbon.
What is the % effective output / emissivity rating for the heating panels in this sauna? In other words, what is the percentage of far infrared heat waves the heater emits?
The infrared output of 100% carbon heaters is about 97%.
What percentage of the waves produced by your heaters is at 9.4 microns?
The highest percentage at 9.4 microns, the better.
Are they 100% organic nano-carbon heater panels?
The answer you’re looking for here is yes.
Is there any plastic in the heaters or sauna?
The answer should be no, and all components should ideally be ROHS certified.
What is the EMF rating? Is the wiring EMF shielded?
Ideally, the level, when measured directly on the heater, is below 1mg. The wiring that runs in the wall should be EMF shielded.