Saunas have become quite common fixtures in fitness centers, spas, and health facilities. This is due to the many health benefits that they bring along with them.
The heating of the body raises its core temperatures and this elicits certain bodily reactions that bring about relaxing, detoxifying, and healing effects. It is for this reasons that homeowners are now considering creating special rooms in their homes for sauna.
In this article we compare two types of sauna technologies available for these homeowners to choose from.
Initially we were stuck with the traditional sauna that relied on air-heating methods to deliver the necessary heat to the body.
However, this has been replaced by infrared saunas that utilize infrared light to heat the body directly. It is this second technique that has inspired the writing of this article and we shall discuss why it would be the better of the two options.
One of the most notable differences we have found between the two technologies has to do with the heating process and the resulting temperature conditions. Traditional saunas relied on special heaters that heated the air inside the room to some high temperatures. The temperatures reaching the body could at times reach 195 degrees F. For those people who are sensitive to heat, they can agree with me that this value is quite overwhelming.
Far infrared saunas, on the other hand are characterized by temperatures ranging from 120 to 150 degrees F. These temperatures are a bit tolerable and considering that infrared heat penetrates deeper into the body, a more vigorous sweating is possible with this technology at lower temperatures than with the traditional saunas.
The other factor that we shall consider has to do with the humidity levels which of course depend on the type of technology used. Infrared saunas do not use steam as they only rely on the direct heat from the infrared sources. Humidity becomes an issue when using the steam-based traditional saunas. Although this comes with a significant reduction in the room temperatures, the air can become extremely humid and stuffy.
Traditional saunas that are not steam-based or rather dry saunas, do not have the humidity problem. They are however characterized by very high temperatures that when combined with the dry air result into an unbearable heat. This is yet another key area where the infrared-based saunas triumph over their traditional counterparts.
The other comparison area is in their power requirements. Saunas require power to operate each unit. Traditional saunas typically require about 6 kw of power compared to infrared saunas that only require about 1.6 kw. It is evident that traditional saunas will be more costly in the long run considering the ridiculously high power requirements. You will save more per unit on an infrared sauna as opposed to the traditional saunas.
Infrared saunas are also more effective in the elicitation of the various bodily reactions. As opposed to traditional saunas that transfer heat to the body through convection, infrared saunas achieve the heating through the use of infrared heaters that emit light of specific wavelength that only the body can intercept. The effects produced by traditional saunas are thus replicate when using infrared saunas with less overall heat.