|Infrared Heat Rooms
|In recent years infrared heat rooms have
started to replace traditional saunas among those looking for the relaxing benefits
of radiant heat. Infrared rooms are popular
with those who want to clean the body’s pores,
relax tired muscles, and relieve stress.
They are used by all levels of athletes seeking
pre-workout warm ups to increase flexibility
and prevent injuries. They are a valuable
aid in physical and massage therapy.
Like saunas, these infrared rooms are usually
made of tongue and grove boards constructed
from cedar, redwood, white spruce, or pine.
Unlike saunas, infrared rooms do not use
heaters to warm stones, nor do they rely
on water to produce small amounts of steam.
Infrared rooms use a series of infrared heaters
installed at various levels and angles to
produce warm, enveloping heat that spreads
evenly throughout the room. They do not get
as hot or humid as saunas.
Infrared heat rooms are available
from specialty manufacturers.
If you are
thinking of putting an infrared
room in your
home, consider the following:
- Infrared rooms heat the body, not the room
space, so they are more efficient than traditional
saunas. If, however, you like the steam produced
by pouring water on rocks, a sauna is still
the better choice.
- Infrared rooms come in a variety of sizes,
so be sure you have room for the model you
want. Most infrared rooms are installed near
the master bedroom, near an exercise room,
or in the basement.
- Different models of infrared rooms come with
a variety of equipment, including built-in
benches, glass doors, and heatproof stereo
speakers, so be sure you are purchasing the
accessories you want.
- Check to make sure that an infrared room
can be safely operated, as your home’s electrical
system must be able to handle the extra electricity
Finally, be sure to check with the seller
and your local building and zoning codes
for installation specifics and to see if
a permit is required.