Infrared saunas are also referred to as FIR or far-infrared saunas. Far-infrared saunas use natural heat energy, the same as that from sunlight rays. The natural thermal energy used in far-infrared saunas is safe and boasts many health benefits.
Far-infrared saunas are currently used in many medical applications including therapy for many different injuries and ailments. Far-Infrared Radiant Therapy assists in body detoxification, boosting the immune system and circulation. Although previously found in medical centers and hospitals, infrared saunas are becoming more popular in residential homes. Many families who can afford this type of sauna in their home choose this type as opposed to normal saunas because of their additional health benefits.
Portable infrared saunas are available as single person saunas. Similar to tent structures, these are set up, plugged in, and the user sits on a chair inside the structure with their head sticking out of the top, as the sauna gives off infrared heat. Other models allow you to lie inside them like a sleeping bag. These provide the same benefits as the larger versions but are more affordable for individuals and families on a budget.
Permanent infrared saunas can be made of veneer, oak, cedar or poplar. Models range in size from the smaller two-seater to larger versions which can seat a number of people at one time, in both indoor and outdoor models. A deluxe infrared sauna may feature large glass doors, multiple heaters, built-in lighting and sound capabilities. There are a number of additional features which you may or may not choose to incorporate into your sauna design, depending on your personal preferences and your budget.
Far infrared saunas are essentially cooler than traditional ones, although the lasting effects of heat penetration are still felt. Far infrared heaters can be either metal coated or ceramic - the most recent technology. The heater's energy efficiency should be considered when buying a pre-fabricated infrared sauna. Also, consider the materials of the sauna itself. Some believe that unnatural products, or those that are coated, release unhealthy toxins. The decision is yours; choose the type of sauna which will be most effective for you and your family.