Home Saunas

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Featured Home Sauna Resource: East Coast Saunas

The Portable Steam Sauna

For those on the run or on a tight budget, the portable steam sauna is just the thing. It is a great investment for two reasons- first, it offers numerous healing properties that it offers and second, the fact that it is portable means it is easy to take with you if you travel often or own more than one home for different seasons. These units are generally very small and can be taken with you by air, rail or sea.

You can imagine that they are not made of wood like traditional saunas. If they were, they would not be very easily fit into a suitcase. Instead, a portable home steam sauna is a small heater that is usually no bigger than your average electric rice steamer that is connected to a waterproof material of some sort that surrounds the body.

The waterproof material that makes up the portable steam sauna can be many shapes, sizes and colors. From a very basic box shape to a barrel or rectangle, it has all kinds of possibilities. There is usually a zipper along the front or back that allows you to easily slide into the body of the fabric and zip it back up. A tube from the small heater that locks into the box or barrel will begin to release heat as soon as you flip it (which is done before you get into the sauna).

A portable steam sauna takes very little time to heat up because of the small amount of space it needs to reach. This is a very big advantage versus traditional wood units that can take hours in some cases to reach the proper temperature. Another great advantage of a portable home steam sauna is that there is an automatic shut-off feature for the heater that prevents overheating or dehydration, two risks associated with traditional units.

Clean up is easy as well. A simple spray and wipe with a sanitizer and you are ready to use it once more. The heater takes little to no maintenance and can be plugged into any standard outlet and uses very little electricity in comparison to traditional sauna heaters, which not only take more voltage but also must heat an area that can be 10x or more the size of a portable kit.

You get all the benefits of a traditional unit with a portable steam sauna - relaxation, sweating, toxin reduction, tissue penetration and more. At this time, there is unfortunately not an infrared personal sauna, though that may be a possibility in the future. But with all of the health and wellness benefits of a regular sauna at a fraction of the cost (as low at $200), you may want to invest in a portable steam sauna anyway.

Featured Home Sauna Resource: East Coast Saunas

Look into a Modular Sauna

If you are seriously looking into the possibility of having your own private sauna in your home, you may want to look into a modular sauna. There are many advantages to this type of setup, not the least of which is the ease of construction.

Basically, at its core it is simply a series of pre-assembled panels that you can buy to put together modular sauna rooms in a quick and easy manner. You will still need to do some light construction, and you will need an electrician and/or an electrical permit to install the lighting and other electrical components of a sauna. However, using a modular sauna instead of a regular pre-fabricated kit can save you a whole lot of time.

Another advantage of modular saunas versus traditional kits is that they are portable. Now, you won’t be able to pick up and move entire modular sauna rooms on a whim. But you can take the panels apart in under an hour and move the panels as a group. Once you have moved them, they can be constructed once more to form the sauna, usually in under an hour. Once again, you will need an electrician or electrical permit for that part of the construction. These kits also come with foam insulation already built in, ensuring quick heating time so you can enjoy your sauna quicker.

Modular sauna kits can be ordered online or through the mail and delivered right to your front door. As you can imagine, these kits are quite bulky and therefore must be shipped freight. This is one of the disadvantages of modular sauna rooms - the cost of the freight can be astronomically high. Since the panels are partially constructed to save you time and energy, the price of the kit is going to be high in comparison to unassembled ones.

Because of the higher cost and freight shipping costs, a modular sauna purchase can be expensive. However, most people see it as a trade off of sorts because of the small amount of time it takes to construct the sauna with a modular kit as compared to any other kit.

A modular sauna room is perhaps the most expensive way to build your own unit. The cheapest would be to buy raw materials, a book and go at it. Of course, unless you know about insulation, paneling and electricity, this may not be a good idea. Several people start but never finish or end up having to hire professionals to finish the job. For this reason alone, modular sauna rooms may be worth the extra investment. Saving time in the building process now means more time to enjoy your quickly-constructed sauna later.