DOS AND DON'TS OF PUTTING A HOME SAUNA INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
You have eagerly decided that you want to put a home sauna inside the house. Now, you are unsure of exactly how to do it and what to avoid. Perhaps safe operation is your concern.
Will I have to worry about a fire breaking out or flooding because of my sauna?
Luckily for you, indoor saunas function optimally without flooding, fire, or electrical issues. You can relax in pure bliss without worrying about the safety of your home. Maybe you have questions about what type of flooring you should use or where your sauna should actually go. Conveniently, most areas and types of flooring will do just fine for your project.
There are few mistakes to avoid with sauna installation, so as long as you follow the proper guidelines, you will be well on your way to relaxation in no time. To help you with your project, here are the dos and don'ts of putting a sauna inside your house.
IS IT SAFE TO HAVE A SAUNA IN YOUR HOUSE?
Quite naturally, you may be wondering if placing a sauna in your home is a good idea. Luckily, today’s indoor saunas conveniently bring steam, or infrared, therapy right to your doorstep safely. Here are a few reasons why placing a sauna indoors is perfectly fine:
You will not have to worry about flooding or humidity issues due to proper insulation.
As long as your sauna has wiring for 220 volts, you will not have to worry about electrical problems.
The temperature inside your sauna will have no effect on the heat levels within your home.
When installed correctly, your sauna is not a fire hazard. Be sure to follow local electrical codes and safety procedures.
3 PLACES YOU CAN PUT YOUR SAUNA
If you are considering taking up valuable room space for the placement of your sauna, think again. Choosing the best place for your sauna will ensure safety and help you cut back on energy costs.
Finding the best spot for your sauna can be as simple as locating an area that will allow you to wire your sauna heater. Here are some areas that will work perfectly for your project:
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1. INDOOR SAUNA IN BASEMENT
The basement is an awesome area for sauna placement. Not only does it provide a getaway inside the home, but it also saves room space at the same time. Remember the following tips if you decide to use your basement:
Make sure that there is no dampness in your basement.
If your sauna happens to be colder than the rest of your home, no worries. Your sauna has wood and electrical equipment that can easily withstand drastic temperature changes.
Because basements are usually not insulated, the warm-up time for your sauna may take a little longer.
When putting your sauna in place, the next 4 steps will help you with installation:
Try to use a corner for your sauna placement. This way, you will have two of the four walls that you need readily available.
Have measurements of the area prepared beforehand. This will help you choose the layout and design that is perfect for you with ease.
Infrared saunas and electric saunas work best for placement in your basement. You can also use a wood-burning or traditional heater if you choose.
To make sure that you install your heat generator correctly, consider hiring a trained professional.
Use these tips if you decide to place your sauna in the garage as well.
2. INDOOR SAUNA IN THE GARAGE
Your garage will also work wonders as a sauna placement space. Here’s why this option also works well:
You will have access to a changing room & cool down area if you choose.
You and your guests will be able to move about freely.
Instead of using a drain, you can use a drip board for excess water.
All you will need for fresh air are two vents.
3. INDOOR SAUNA UPSTAIRS
Your sauna can also be upstairs if you choose. Because your portable sauna is lightweight, carrying it up the stairs will not be a problem.
If you already built your sauna on a lower level, taking your sauna apart is simple and painless. As an added bonus, you will put it back together much quicker due to familiarity.
5 MATERIALS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR SAUNA FLOOR
Most typical flooring types found in your home will do well with your sauna. Here are 5 materials that will ensure the safe operation of your sauna:
For your convenience, your sauna is already prepared for floor placement. Immediately, you might notice that the flooring does not match the rest of your sauna. To solve this issue, simply add an indoor sauna floor kit.
3 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN INSTALLING YOUR INDOOR SAUNA
1. DON’T USE CARPET FOR FLOORING
Almost Heaven states that placing your sauna on a carpet is not recommended. Here are a few reasons why:
Using carpet will make it harder to keep your sauna floor neat and clean.
Sweat and debris will quickly discolor carpeted areas over time.
Using carpet may also cause safety issues with your sauna heater as well.
You will have rug indentations if you decide to place your sauna in a different area later on.
To avoid these issues, simply stick to using one of the floor styles mentioned above.
2. DON’T CHOOSE YOUR SAUNA TYPE IN A HURRY
Try not to choose the first attractive sauna type you see. Instead, take a second to think about which sauna will work best for you.
Do you want to focus on detoxing your body from harmful chemicals? Perhaps you struggle with heat sensitivity and wish to experience the healing benefits of sauna use without overheating. In this scenario, an infrared sauna is best for you.
Maybe you are more of a fan of the traditional feel of a sauna. You enjoy the smell of wood and therapeutic bursts of steam during your session. In this case, a wood-burning sauna would better suit your needs.
If you choose your sauna too quickly, you will not have a chance to compare the benefits of each sauna type.
3. Don’t Choose A Sauna Too Big or Too Small
Being cramped in your sauna alongside guests like sardines will completely ruin your relaxation experience. Installing a sauna that is too big for you and your spouse will use unnecessary energy and space. Here are a few questions to consider before you make your decision:
How many people do you plan on inviting to your sessions?
Will you and your spouse be the primary users?
Do you see yourself relaxing alone for most sessions?
By following the do’s and don’ts of putting a sauna inside your house, you will ensure years of safe operation and therapeutic enjoyment. To avoid issues with safety, stick to using concrete, tile, laminate, ceramic, or vinyl for your sauna floor. This ensures that you will not have to deal with the possibility of a fire hazard as you relish in your new investment.
Do not use carpet for your sauna floor. This helps you keep your sauna clean and tidy. You will also enjoy your steam therapy without sauna heater issues. Do not choose your sauna style too quickly based on looks. Instead, focus on your health goals. Pick a sauna that will help you achieve them.
Also, be sure that you don’t choose the wrong sauna size in haste. Have a general idea of how many people will indulge in sessions. Save space and energy as your body reaps the many health benefits of steam therapy. Remember these do’s and don'ts as you install your beautiful indoor sauna. You will be well on your way to comfortably and safely enjoying relaxation for decades to come.
Adding must-have features will make every second in your 2-person indoor sauna better. Many of these features have health benefits as well. These benefits allow you to fight the common cold, for example, with ease as you relax. Aromatherapy essential oils are perfect for relaxing muscles. They also soothe tired joints as you enjoy your session.
The Almost Heaven Himalayan Salt Wall Panel is a must-have because it strengthens your immune system. It also helps you get better sleep and works wonders for your respiratory system. The best part is that you reap the wonderful healing effects while enjoying a little steam therapy.
To maximize your health benefits, consider a hybrid sauna. This will allow you to enjoy infrared, or traditional, relaxation and the benefits of both. Leave your session peacefully with the Baltic Leisure Sand Timer Sauna Accessory.
You can also have a relaxing sauna experience like the sessions of yesterday. Add a Harvia Deluxe Accessory Kit to make your session easier to enjoy. For more information on the indoor sauna, or other wonderful must-have features, continue to trust the experts here at My Sauna World.