More and more people are choosing to have a sauna installed in their property, and for good reason. Saunas have a number of fantastic health benefits, something that people in Finland and other Scandinavian countries have long been aware of. Another reason why so many people are opting for domestic saunas is because there are so many different options available to them. This is true both in terms of types of sauna and in terms of types of sauna heater. The sauna heater is arguably the most important element of the entire sauna. After all, without one, you don’t have a sauna, you have a wooden room.
Types of Sauna Heaters
At present, four types of sauna heaters exist:
- The electric sauna heater.
- The wood burning sauna heater.
- The infrared sauna heater.
- The gas and oil sauna heater.
Let’s take a look at these in a bit more detail.
The Electric Sauna Heater
Electric sauna heaters tend to be the most common type of heater found in people’s homes. They are very user friendly and easy to control and usually come with easy touch panels for control over the thermostat and timer, as well as the light switch. Electric heaters tend to be quite efficient, and their operation costs very little. Whether they are environmentally friendly or not is open for debate, as it depends mainly on how someone accesses their own electricity.
The Wood Burning Sauna Heater
The wood burning sauna heater is the traditional heater and one that gives off a fantastic effect. However, to be able to use this, you do need to have access to plenty of fire wood, which means it is not suitable for everybody. Wood burning heaters tend to be the best option for people who have an outdoor sauna, as they may smoke too much for an indoor option. Furthermore, you do not have any control over the temperature inside your sauna.
The Infrared Sauna Heater
The infrared heater is the most technologically advanced type of heater. They are used in what is known as a “far infrared saunas”. Effectively, infrared rays are emitted and these directly warm the skin. The surrounding air, by contrast, remains cool. A lot of people find that these types of saunas are more comfortable than hot air ones, but others feel they are not as beneficial to overall health.
The Gas and Oil Sauna Heater
Gas and oil heaters tend to be the least popular of all. This is mainly because they are very inefficient when it comes to how they heat the sauna, which makes them quite expensive to operate. Not just that, they are highly environmentally unfriendly. Furthermore, the fuel that burns has quite a strong smell, particularly if there are some issues with venting.
The majority of home saunas today are infrared, with some still using electric heaters. The gas and oil and the wood options are being phased out.