Infrared (or far infrared) saunas have gained popularity in the health and beauty industry as an effective alternative to traditional steam-based saunas. In an infrared sauna, heaters release infrared radiant heat which can be instantly absorbed into the body, while steam saunas heat the body indirectly by steam or raised air temperature.
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Heating in Infrared Saunas
When comparing infrared saunas, it's important to consider the basic heating method of the sauna. The two choices in infrared sauna heating methods are ceramic or carbon. Ceramic heating comes from small glass rods built into the saunas walls. Ceramic rods use extremely high heat to heat the sauna, and can cause hot spots. This means that some parts of your body will receive more or less heat that other parts, which will affect the benefits of the sauna and potentially cause burning. Carbon-based infrared saunas use carbon panels rather than glass rods, and produce a more even heat.
Comparing Infrared Saunas
When comparing infrared saunas, consider the size of the sauna you want, whether you want carbon or ceramic, the overall look of the sauna, and the price. Infrared saunas can cost from £650 to £6,500, depending on the size and design. Try it out before you make an investment.
Infrared Sauna Benefits
Infrared saunas produce heat faster than traditional saunas, require less space, and are easier to install. While traditional saunas raise body temperature and should only be used for short periods (about 20 minutes), the infrared sauna can be used for prolonged sessions. Infrared saunas are also favoured due to their lower electricity costs, lower air temperature, and lack of humidity.
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