|Installing a home sauna is increasingly popular
as people become familiar with them at health
clubs and spas. Using a sauna can clean the
body’s pores, relax tired muscles and relieve
stress. Because circulation, breathing and
pulse rates increase in the sauna, it has
some of the same beneficial effects as exercise.
Users claim that saunas help them lose weight.
A sauna is a room made of tongue and grove
boards, traditionally cedar or redwood, which
is warmed by radiant heat. Stones placed
on top of a heat source release relaxing
heat, and they emit steam when a small amount
of water is trickled over them.
Home saunas are available as
kits from specialty
manufacturers. If you are thinking
a sauna in your home, consider
- The typical sauna is usually 6 foot square
with a 7 foot ceiling. You need to make sure
you have room for it in your home. The most
convenient place to install a sauna is near
the master bedroom, but many people put them
in the basement or near an exercise room.
- Since the sauna process involves alternating
time in the heat with a series
of short showers,
you will need to consider how
far the sauna
is from a bathroom with a shower.
- The sauna’s stones can be warmed either by
an electrical heater or, more
by a wood burning stove. In
either case you
must be sure that the sauna
can be safely
operated. Your home’s electrical
be able to handle the extra
load of electricity.
Wood burning saunas need to
be properly ventilated.
Finaly, be sure to check with the seller
and local building and zoning codes for specifics
and to see if a permit is required.