Home Saunas

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Featured Home Sauna Resource: East Coast Saunas

Looking to Buy A Sauna?

If you are looking to buy a sauna, especially one for your home, it is a lot easier than it was just a few years ago. You now have a host of options to choose from, and you can even purchase one from a top manufacturer online with just the click of a button. The hardest part is just choosing the type that appeals to you.

One of the most important considerations when it comes to buying a sauna is where you want to put it. Are you looking for an indoor unit for the bathroom, basement or parlor? Or are you more interested in an outdoor unit to be used by the pool or lake? This decision will be impacted by which type of sauna you choose, as there are a variety of heat sources to consider, and not all can be used both indoor and out.

The more traditional units use gas, electricity or wood-burning stoves to heat stones which give off steam. Although wood creates the ideal sauna experience, you have to continually replace it, and this can be an issue for people who don't have access to fresh-cut wood (or a Home Depot) Also, some buildings don't allow it for safety reasons. As such, those who would buy a sauna with a wood stove tend to be those looking to install it outdoors.

Although gas units are an economical choice, electric stoves are more popular, as most homes are already properly wired, and electricity can be used for both indoor and outdoor units. It can also be used to power one of the newest types of saunas, the infrared sauna.

For those interested in reaping the health benefits of saunas without the excessive temperatures, infrared saunas are another viable option. Rather than warm the air surrounding the user, these units use natural infrared heat to penetrate the skin directly, so the temperature inside the sauna is much cooler. A majority of those buying a sauna these days opt for this type, as it creates a more breathable environment, thus allowing the user to stay in much longer and reap more therapeutic effects for the experience.

It's also important to consider your space when you buy a sauna, as well as how many people will be using it. Do you want a one-person unit, or one that will accommodate all of your friends and family? Also, do you want to purchase one that is pre-built, or do you want to build one yourself from the ground up? There are sauna kits available with all of the components so you can put it together yourself, or you can take it one step further and have a custom sauna designed that you can construct from scratch.

Of course, budget is a main concern when it comes to buying a sauna or any other item for your home. Look at all the available options, and decide what most appeals to you. Also consider the monthly expense for electricity, gas, or wood if you go that route. The infrared saunas tend to be the most efficient, and use less energy than the more traditional units, so that is something to keep in mind.

If you need help getting started, we recommend two top manufacturers of home saunas: LuxSauna and Paradise Sauna, both offering high quality saunas for indoor and outdoor use.

We can't all get to the gym or away to a spa as much as we'd like...so why not buy a sauna for your home? You'll be glad you did!


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