An important decision you will have to make regarding your sauna will be the type of heater you want. This can affect how the sauna will work for you. There are four main types of heaters used for saunas. These consist of electric, infrared, wood burning, and gas/propane. These can be made of steel, aluminum, or ceramic.
The electric sauna heaters of today heat quickly but remain cool to the touch. They are available in many colors and are a very convenient way of heating your sauna, but due to rising energy costs, many people do not like to use an electric sauna heater.
An infrared sauna heater operates at a lower temperature than an electric sauna heater. Infrared heaters convert light directly to heat. This heat warms nearby objects but does not raise the air temperature. Infrared saunas will cause you to perspire more. The heat caused by an infrared heated sauna penetrates deeper into the body tissues than the traditional sauna can. This deep tissue warmth is very helpful for people with stiffness, joint pain, sore muscles, chronic pain and arthritis. The infrared sauna heats up quicker than the traditional sauna and uses less energy. People with respiratory problems can use infrared saunas because the air gas heaters does not get hot in infrared saunas.
If your home has gas heat, you may want to choose a gas sauna heater. A gas sauna heater is much move convenient than a wood burning sauna heater but many people may not want to use a gas heater due to rising energy costs.
A wood burning sauna stove is ideal for a person who has a large source of inexpensive firewood available. Anyone who lives where there is not a dependable source of electricity available may want to choose a wood burning sauna heater. Wood burning heaters are chosen by many people who enjoy the scent and beauty of the wood burning sauna heater. You should check with building codes, regulations, and insurance costs in your area before purchasing a wood burning sauna stove.
Although electric, infrared, or gas sauna heaters are convenient, you will lose the scent and beauty of the wood burning sauna heater. However, there will be no cutting or finding of wood and the electric, infrared, or gas sauna heaters are much cleaner burning with no ashes to remove. An electric, infrared, or gas sauna heater would be the best option for someone who prefers a cleaner burning heater.