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Infrared Saunas

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Infrared Sauna FAQ's

Basics & Operation

What is an infrared sauna?

An infrared sauna uses infrared light (a type of energy that's on the infrared wavelengths of light) to heat the body directly. Unlike visible light, infrared waves penetrate the skin, offering a deeper, more direct form of warmth. Within this sauna, infrared heaters emit this invisible light, which our bodies then absorb. The result? A deep and penetrating warmth that feels like it's coming from the inside out.

How does an infrared sauna differ from a traditional sauna?

Heating Mechanism

Traditional saunas and sauna baths heat the air around you, typically using a wood or electric stove. Once heated, this air then warms your body from the outside in. In contrast, infrared sauna therapy skips heating the air and directly warm your body with infrared rays.

Temperature Range

Traditional saunas operate at hotter temperatures, typically between 150°F (65°C) and 200°F (93°C). Infrared saunas work at a lower range, around 120°F (49°C) to 150°F (65°C) but can still produce an intense sweat due to the direct heating of the body.

Warm-up Time

Sauna baths need more time (sometimes 30 minutes or more) to reach the desired temperature since the entire room, including the air and the walls, needs to heat up. Infrared saunas can reach their operating temperature more quickly because they're directly heating the body and not the surrounding air.

Sweat Depth

With the direct, penetrating infrared heat of infrared saunas, many users report a more profound, more detoxifying sweat compared to traditional saunas, even at those lower temperatures.

Energy Efficiency

Since infrared saunas don't heat the entire room and instead target the body, they often use less energy than traditional Finnish saunas, making them more energy efficient.
In a nutshell, while both types of saunas aim to provide warmth and relaxation, the methods and experiences they offer are distinctively different. Whether you lean towards a traditional sauna bath or an infrared sauna, the world of saunas is a deeply warming and rejuvenating realm to explore.

How does the infrared heating process work?

The Infrared Heating Process

Infrared light is a type of energy we can't see with our eyes, but we can definitely feel it as warmth. Have you ever stepped into sunlight and felt the warmth on your skin, even if the air is cold? That's infrared energy at work! Now, let's see how infrared saunas harness this energy to give us those cozy vibes.

Infrared Spectrum

First off, it's good to know that not all infrared light is the same. It's split into three categories. Near-Infrared (NIR) ranges from about 700 nanometers (nm) to 1400 nm and is the closest to the visible spectrum, offering benefits for skin and superficial tissues due to its shallow penetration. Mid-Infrared (MIR), spanning from 1400 nm to 3000 nm, can reach deeper tissues and is known for enhancing blood circulation and providing pain relief. Far-Infrared (FIR), with the longest wavelengths from 3000 nm to 1 millimeter, penetrates several inches into the body and is often used in infrared saunas for its "deep heat" therapeutic effects. Advanced saunas might incorporate all three types for a broad range of health benefits.

Emission of Infrared Rays

Inside an infrared sauna, there are special heaters or lamps designed to emit infrared light. When these heaters are powered on, they start sending out infrared wavelengths.

Direct Absorption by the Body

Here's where the magic happens. Unlike traditional saunas and sauna baths, which heat the air to warm you, the infrared rays bypass the air entirely. They penetrate the skin (without causing any harm!) and directly warm our bodies. Think of it like a warm, invisible hug that starts from deep within!

Cellular Response

Once these rays penetrate our skin, they cause a gentle rise in body temperature. This triggers a series of beneficial cellular responses, like increased blood circulation and sweating. Even though the air in an infrared sauna isn't as hot as in a traditional sauna, you'll still break into a deep sweat because of this direct heating action.

Energy Efficiency

Because infrared saunas directly warm the body and don't waste energy on heating the surrounding air, they're super energy-efficient! It's like they're the eco-friendly cousins in the sauna family.

So, in essence, the infrared heating process is all about giving our bodies a direct dose of warmth without having to heat up the air around us. It's efficient, deep-penetrating, and offers a unique, therapeutic experience that's different from the steamy embrace of traditional saunas.

How long does it take for an infrared sauna to heat up?

Warm-Up Time for an Infrared Sauna

Initial Heating: Most infrared saunas take between 10 to 20 minutes to reach a comfortably warm level. This is a big difference when compared to traditional saunas, which often require 30 to 45 minutes to heat the air inside sufficiently.

Desired Temperature: If you're looking for the sauna to reach its maximum temperature (usually between 120°F (49°C) to 150°F (65°C)), it might take a bit longer – say around 25 to 30 minutes. This is still much quicker than a traditional sauna, which relies on heating the air and the stones inside.

Quick Tip

Even though infrared saunas heat up fast, some users prefer to wait an extra few minutes after reaching the desired temperature. Why? Because the walls and bench get a bit warmer, adding to the overall cozy experience.

In a nutshell, one of the beauties of infrared saunas is that they get you to that delightful, sweat-inducing heat pretty quickly. So, you won't have to wait long before you're immersing yourself in that rejuvenating warmth!

Health & Safety

Are there any health benefits associated with using an infrared sauna?

Yes, there are several health benefits associated with infrared sauna therapy:

Detoxification

Sweating is one of the body's natural ways of eliminating toxins. Infrared saunas can stimulate deep sweating and improve high blood pressure helping to reduce levels of certain toxins and heavy metals in the body.

Relaxation & Wellness Treatment

Infrared saunas can help to balance the body’s stress and fatigue leading to improvement of high blood pressure. The heat can promote relaxation and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Improved Circulation

As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation increases with it. Regular infrared sauna bathing sessions can stimulate blood flow, reduce high blood pressure and improve muscle recovery.

Skin Rejuvenation

The increased circulation and sweating can help clear out impurities, potentially giving the skin a more youthful, radiant appearance.

Pain Relief

Some users report relief from muscle aches and joint pain after infrared sauna sessions. The heat can relax muscles and promote circulation, reducing pain and inflammation.

Weight Loss

Some studies suggest that the increased metabolic rate induced by the heat of an infrared sauna can help the body burn calories, contributing to weight loss.

However, while many people swear by these benefits, it's essential to note that scientific research is ongoing, and not all claims have been universally accepted by the medical community.

Are there any potential side effects or risks of Infrared Saunas?

Yes, there are potential side effects and risks:

Dehydration

Excessive sweating can lead to dehydration. It's essential to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your session.

Overheating

Staying in the sauna for too long can lead to overheating or heat stroke, especially if you're not hydrating adequately.

Low Blood Pressure

The heat can cause blood vessels to expand, potentially leading to a drop in blood pressure, dizziness, or fainting.

Medication Interactions

Some medications can interact with increased body temperature or change how your body reacts to heat.

Are infrared saunas safe for people with certain medical conditions?

In general, if you have a medical condition, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before using infrared sauna therapy:

Cardiovascular Issues

Those with certain heart conditions should be cautious, as the heat can increase heart rate and lower blood pressure.

Pregnancy

Pregnant women are typically advised to avoid saunas due to potential risks to the fetus from overheating.

Conditions Affecting Sweat Production

People with conditions that affect their ability to sweat, such as certain types of autonomic neuropathy, should avoid saunas.

How long and how often should I use an infrared sauna?

Session Length

For beginners, it's recommended to start with shorter sessions of about 10-15 minutes. As your body gets used to the heat, you can gradually increase the time, with most sessions lasting between 20-30 minutes. It's rare to exceed 45 minutes.

Frequency

If you're new to infrared saunas, starting with 2-3 times a week is reasonable. Some enthusiasts use the sauna daily, while others stick to a few times a week for maintenance.

Remember, the best approach is to listen to your body. Everyone reacts differently, so it's essential to find a rhythm that feels right for you. Always stay hydrated and step out if you ever feel dizzy or uncomfortable.

Maintenance & Installation

How do I clean and maintain an infrared sauna?

After each sauna use, wipe down surfaces to remove sweat and maintain floor mats. Weekly, lightly clean the interior with a mild detergent solution, clean glass doors with window cleaner, and wipe the exterior. Every few months, do a deep clean, vacuuming the floor and checking heaters for dust. Follow good practices: enter the sauna without shoes, ventilate post-session, promptly address spills, use natural cleaning solutions, and periodically check electronic components.

How often do the infrared emitters or heaters need to be replaced?

Infrared heaters in saunas typically last a long time, often 20,000 to 30,000 hours, equating to about 20-30 years with daily use. Carbon heaters generally outlive ceramic ones, but lifespan varies by brand and technology. Heaters might need replacement if they don't heat properly, show physical damage, or have malfunctioning electronics. Maintaining heaters involves regular cleaning to prevent dust build-up and avoiding any direct physical harm. When replacing, consult the sauna's manual for guidelines, consider professional installation, and check if your heaters are under warranty before making a purchase.

Can the sauna be installed outdoors?

Yes! There are a couple things to consider:

1. Choose the Right Model:

Weather Resistance: Not all infrared saunas are made for the great outdoors. If you’re thinking of placing yours outside, ensure it's specifically designed for outdoor use. These saunas typically have weather-resistant materials and added insulation.
Protective Roof: Some outdoor saunas come with their own roofs, while others might need a shelter or overhang to protect them from direct rain or snow. Always best to give your sauna a lil' umbrella!

2. Location Matters:

Flat Surface: Make sure you set up your sauna on a level and stable surface. Whether it's a patio, deck, or a specially prepared spot in your garden, the ground should be even to ensure the sauna sits securely.
Away from Puddles: Avoid low-lying areas where water can collect. After all, while saunas love steam, they don’t love sitting in puddles!

3. Electrical Concerns:

Outdoor Safe Outlets: When setting up outdoors, ensure the electrical outlet is designed for outdoor use and is protected from the elements.

Longer Cables: Sometimes, the provided cable might not be long enough to reach your outdoor outlet. Rather than using an extension cord (which isn't recommended for high-power devices like saunas), consider having an electrician install a closer outlet or extend the sauna's power cable safely.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI): This is even more crucial for outdoor setups. GFCI outlets will shut off the power if they detect any moisture, providing an added layer of safety.

4. Maintenance & Protection:

Weatherproof Covers: Consider investing in a heavy-duty cover for your sauna. It'll shield it from harsh weather conditions and increase its lifespan.

Regular Check-ups: Outdoor saunas face more wear and tear due to changing weather. Keep an eye on seals, the outer wood, and electrical components to ensure they're in top shape.

Cleanliness: Outdoor saunas might attract more dirt or leaves. Regularly clean the interior and exterior to keep it fresh and inviting.

5. Seasonal Considerations:

Winter: If you live in a place with heavy snowfall, ensure your sauna is accessible and free from snow accumulation. Also, remember that heating might take a tad longer in colder temperatures.

Summer: On super sunny days, avoid direct sunlight hitting the sauna for prolonged periods. It can lead to uneven fading or other potential damages.

Cost & Financing

How much does an infrared sauna cost?

1. Size & Capacity:

Solo or Two-Person Saunas: These are the smaller units and can range from $2,000 to $3,000 or more. They're great for individuals or couples who don't need a lot of space and just want a basic infrared sauna experience.

Three to Four-Person Saunas: A medium-sized sauna will set you back between $3,500 to $10,000. These are a bit roomier, and some might have additional features or premium build materials.

Larger Saunas: These are designed for multiple people and can be upwards of $8,000 to $18,000 or more, depending on the bells and whistles.

2. Type of Infrared Heater:

Carbon Fiber Heaters: These tend to be a bit more expensive due to their even heat distribution and efficiency.

Ceramic Heaters: Generally less expensive than carbon, but they might not heat as evenly.

3. Brand & Quality:

Reputable Brands: Just like any other product, well-known and respected brands may charge a premium due to their history, quality assurance, and customer service. Brands like Enlighten, Dynamic, Maxxus, and Medical Saunas are some examples.

Budget Options: There are always more affordable options on the market, but it's crucial to check reviews, warranties, and certifications to ensure you're getting a good deal without compromising safety or effectiveness.

4. Features & Extras:

Basic Features: At the lower end of the price range, saunas might have simple controls, fewer heaters, and basic materials.

Luxury Features: Splurging a bit more can get you Bluetooth speakers, chromotherapy (colored light therapy), advanced control panels, premium wood finishes, and more.

5. Additional Costs:

Delivery & Installation: Some companies might charge extra for delivery, especially for larger units. If you're not into DIY assembly, you might also need to factor in the cost of professional installation.

Maintenance & Accessories: From cleaning products to sauna-specific towels and backrests, you might find yourself wanting a few extras to enhance your sauna experience.

Are there any financing or payment plan options?

Yes! ZiahCare is partnered with Klarna and Affirm to deliver you 0% financing options up to 24 months.

Policies

What is your return policy?

At ZiahCare, customers can cancel orders free of charge before shipping, except for custom orders which can't be canceled once production starts. For returns and exchanges, the customer bears the shipping costs, and not all items can be returned; some returns may incur a 25% cancellation fee. It's essential to inspect products upon delivery for damages, reporting any issues within 24 hours, and be aware that return shipping and potential restocking fees are the customer's responsibility. Click here to learn more.

What is your shipping policy?

ZiahCare prioritizes a seamless and satisfactory customer experience from ordering to product setup. After placing an order, customers receive an email confirmation. If the ordered item is available, it will ship within five business days, and tracking information will be sent within 24 hours of dispatch. However, ZiahCare generally doesn't ship outside the USA, with some exceptions, notably certain products available in Canada. Click here to learn more.

What happens after I place my order?

ZiahCare offers a diverse range of health and wellness products, leading to varying shipping times. Upon placing an order, customers receive a personal account representative who provides a consistent point of contact, offers clarity on the shipping process tailored to the customer's purchase, and ensures efficient communication.

Furthermore, ZiahCare believes in full transparency, providing customers with real-time updates about their order's status, including lead times and production information, ensuring customers are always informed and can make necessary preparations.

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