A sauna is a heated room with varying levels of temperature and humidity. Today, saunas and steam rooms have become a natural way to relax and treat a range of medical conditions.
There are four diverse types of saunas: traditional Finnish sauna, dry sauna, steam bath (also known as a Turkish bath), and an infrared sauna. Each experience varies from one type of sauna to the next.
The most important choice to make when deciding on a sauna is whether you want a traditional steam and stone sauna, a Far Infrared (FIR) sauna, or a steam room.
Traditional Finnish Sauna
- Wood-lined with heated rocks, a bucket of water and a ladle inside.
- Humidity controlled by adding water onto the rocks.
- The higher the temperature inside, the lower the humidity.
- Similar to a traditional sauna because it has heated rocks but there is no water to be added
- Lower humidity and often found in gyms
- This type of sauna’s temperature is around 48 degrees Celsius built with tiles, glass or acrylic inside of a sealed space.
- A steam room has a lower temperature with 100% humidity. The humidity makes it feel hotter than what the actual temperature is.
- An infrared sauna is quite different because there is absolutely no humidity. This sauna heats up a person’s body temperature and envelops your body in a heat glove – don’t worry, it’s safe!
- FIR saunas use much less energy than other types of saunas, which may make a significant difference if you plan on using your sauna on a daily basis.
In addition to choosing between a conventional sauna, a FIR sauna and a steam room, you’ll also need to decide where on your property to put it, what materials will be used in its construction, and what accessories you think you might need. Waterproofing and ventilation, as well as your size and height requirements, should be decided at the planning stage.
You may also be limited in some decisions by regulations relating to your sauna or steam room’s construction and use. These restrictions will vary depending on what you have in mind, and whether or not you’re building indoors our outdoors.
As qualified builders and renovating experts, All City can talk you through the latest design options and build the perfect wellness area to suit your needs. Call All City on 03 9571 7000 or email today to book a free consultation with Craig or Steve.
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Daphne, Craig, and Steve on behalf of the All City Team
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