Why Sauna Materials Matter?
Far infrared or FIR saunas vary in shape, size, material, and construction. Every element that makes up your sauna will have an effect on the level of health benefits (or risks) it provides. Some saunas contain potentially harmful materials as a cheap alternative to more quality sauna materials. These types of shortcuts aren't worth investing in for the sauna you choose for your home or business.
There are several factors that go into the overall design of a sauna, including the critical step of choosing the right wood. Saunas are designed for relaxation. They are a warm, soothing sanctuary for sweating and detoxing. They said, it's essential to ensure premium comfort by making sure problems don't arise, especially as a result of faulty design. A sauna that is too hot, cool, or emitting fumes is no fun for anyone. Additionally, there are several things to consider when choosing the right wood, including the material. While softwood is the best option, affordability and whether the wood contains sap, knots, stains or paint are all critical considerations when selecting materials.
As for Sauna Wood:
First, consider the wood used in the sauna. FIR saunas are often made of spruce, redwood, hemlock, poplar, basswood, or cedar. Cedar has long been the go-to choice and continues to be the top option of infrared saunas today. The best type of cedar is Western Red Canadian Cedar. Be sure the cedar used in the sauna is sustainably sourced and eco-friendly.
Cedar is resistant to cracking and splitting when heated and cooled since it's a softwood. It's also the longest-lasting sauna wood available. It naturally eliminates the presence of molds and bacteria – and important consideration as you decide on sauna materials since the warm and moist area of a sauna is a prime environment for both. Finally, Western Red Canadian cedar is non-aromatic cedar and has a very faint cedar smell so even the most sensitive people will love their cedar infrared sauna.
When constructing a sauna, choose a softwood as it will better absorb heat released from steam. Additionally, softwood will not be too hot to the touch. Hardwoods, on the other hand, heat up quickly. Ideal varieties of softwoods are spruce, pine and cedar.
Spruce is a light wood, mostly found in Nordic regions, such as Finland. It's both practical and cost-effective. Pine is similar to spruce, except that it has larger knots that fall out when dry. Finally, cedarwood is rich in color, resilient to rotting and emits a pleasant odor when heated. That said, not all are in favor of using cedar wood to build a sauna. Energy Mizers, Inc. claims that cedar creates mold, looks dirty after a short period of time and can spur breathing problems. For these reasons, spruce and pine may be your best options.
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