Guide

For hundreds of years people have been talking sauna baths to improve their health, to feel relaxed and for their general well-being.

A good sauna will warm you to your very bones and soothe your tired muscles. It will help you sweat and that helps your body remove toxins and impurities. Your pores open and the dirt of day-to-day life is more easily washed off. The cooling shower in the middle of a sauna session will help improve your circulation. Sitting with friends in a quiet, subtly lit sauna seems to have an effect on the spirit and the mind that very few other things do.

People have been taking saunas for hundreds of years simply because it makes them feel better. The Sauna Company offers a comprehensive range of saunas that are designed and built using the best materials and incorporating the latest technology.

In its simplest form, a traditional home sauna for up to two bathers is perfect for a low cost simple installation.  And if you are looking to install a larger sauna, we can offer you a sauna built to your own exact style and specification in any of the finishes you prefer. From traditional to modern, from small to large and for home or commercial installations, The Sauna Company has a sauna that is perfect for your needs.

Sauna Location

Before choosing which sauna is right for you though, there are a few things to consider and probably the first decision to be made is, where should your sauna be? In the past, saunas were often hidden away in basements and garages but the modern sauna deserves to take pride of place in an en-suite bathroom, a home gym or even outside in your garden.

But be adventurous; many of our saunas have large glazed areas and if you can be sure that you won’t be overlooked, a sauna with a view is a genuine delight.

The sauna will need a power supply for the heater, lights and some accessories, and since the best way to enjoy your sauna is in conjunction with a shower to use between 10 to 15 minute sauna bathing sessions, it will makes sense to place your sauna where there is, or can be, a shower nearby.

All sauna doors should open outwards and so your sauna needs to be somewhere there is room for the door to open and where it cannot become blocked.

Sauna Size

The next consideration might be, what size should your sauna be? Our saunas range in size from those that are suited just to a couple of bathers to ones that eight people or more can enjoy at a time.

Glazed panels and doors give even the smaller saunas a sense of space and a larger sauna will take longer to heat so simply choose a size that is adequate for the number of people likely to be enjoying it. There is little value in going overboard for less likely bather loads.

Sauna Safety Considerations

There is nothing dangerous about sauna bathing, but it’s always wise to use a little common sense, so here are a few things you should bear in mind.

  • Always use the ladle to pour water on the stones. It keeps you away from the first burst of steam.
  • Never wear any jewellery in your sauna. The metal could heat up and burn you.
  • Don’t eat or drink alcohol in your sauna.
  • Don’t eat a big meal just before you take a sauna.
  • Drink plenty of cool water after your sauna. The sauna will make you sweat and you need to replace that liquid.
  • If you have high blood pressure you should avoid the sauna or at least consult your doctor first.
  • Don’t stay in the sauna for more than 30 minutes. 15 or 20 minutes is a better length for most people. Have a cooling shower and then you can go back.
  • If, as we have suggested, your sauna is located near a shower, it would be sensible to have non-slip flooring between the two.
  • All sauna doors should open outwards for safety reasons, and the door should not be lockable or be able to be accidentally jammed shut.
  • A sauna can run at up to 100deg C so there should be no metal nail heads or screws on the inside that could scald bathers. Knots in the wood will heat up more than plain timber so they should be avoided as well.
  • The floor immediately outside the sauna door should have some sort of non-slip covering.

A sauna is a healthy place, a haven, almost a place of refuge from the strain and stress of the modern world. A little common sense will mean that you and your family can always enjoy your sauna in safety.

Sauna Running Costs

Throughout the world, the sauna heater manufacturers are continually trying to design and build a more efficient sauna heater and so it is no surprise that the modern range of our saunas are amongst the more efficient and economical to run than ever before.

Now the size of your sauna heater will vary according to the size of your sauna, but the average family sauna runs on a heater that is 6Kw. This size of sauna will take up to an hour to get up to temperature. And of course, different people will have their thermostat set to different temperatures. Somewhere between 80deg C and 100deg C is most popular with the lower end of that range being more usual for a family sauna and the most comfortable setting.

So if the sauna has taken an hour to get up to temperature, and that has used 6Kwh at an average cost of 15 pence per Kwh so – 90 pence. Running the sauna will then cost a bit less than 90p an hour dependant on how often you open and close the door. But in any event, you are looking at approximately £1.50 to have an hour’s sauna in your own home.

You might even include the cost of your post-sauna shower, but cool-down showers during your sauna session should be taken cool or cold anyway and so cost very little.

Keeping your sauna clean and fresh looking takes little more than a brush and some soapy water so no real cost incurred there. A sauna is incredibly cheap to run especially compared to the enjoyment and benefits that it can give you and your family and friends.

Sauna Accessories

Your sauna is a place to relax, unwind and feel good about yourself, so a few well-chosen accessories can certainly add to that feeling.

A good sauna thermometer has obvious benefits but in addition to that, a hygrometer for your sauna will let you see exactly how moist the air is.

A thermo-hygrometer is a sauna accessory that combines both of these devices into a single unit so that you can check on both the temperature and the moisture content of the air in your sauna at a glance.

A sauna bucket or pail and a ladle are probably the most obvious sauna accessory. The bucket holds the water that you splash on to the hot coals for that all-important Löyly – the hot steam associated with a traditional sauna – and the ladle not only measures out a small amount of water for you but also keeps your hands clear of that first burst of steam.

Sauna sand timers are rather like large, old-fashioned egg timers. Sand in an hour-glass that measures usually a maximum of twenty minutes in five minute sections so that you can time your sauna stay to a nicety.

The Sauna Company has a forward looking approach to sauna design and installation, and we can procure a range of accessories that will not only match the sauna beautifully but also add a stylish touch to any sauna.

There is a complete range of ladles, buckets, thermometers, hygrometers and timers in blonde wood with aluminium detailing; a similar range in birch with stainless steel detail and their classic accessories feature traditionally made buckets and ladles with hemp handles and loops.

Sauna Lighting

Your sauna is a place to relax so the lighting in your sauna is essential to establishing the right mood and feel. And sometimes the location of your sauna may have little or no natural light, so sauna lighting is also essential for safety.

Sauna lights come in three main types; LED bulbs, LED strip and fibre optic sauna lighting. Within those three types, there is a huge range of styles and prices.

LED bulb lights are the cheapest and also the easiest to replace. Just like anywhere in your home, after a time the bulb will go and you simply replace it with a new one. You can also have a range of different coloured bulbs to create different moods and change them accordingly and use a dimmer switch to raise or lower the light levels.

Fibre optic lights come in different colour options as well. With a fibre optic set up, the light source is outside the sauna and the light is ‘beamed’ into the sauna along fibre optic cables that can be put anywhere you want, even right above the stove or heater. A colour wheel can be installed between the light source and the fibre optic cables to give a continually changing lighting effect.

LED Strip lights are very efficient and can be used so that your sauna has as few shadows as possible or they can be placed under the benches, for instance, so that the light shines through the slats and creates patterns upon the wall.

The colours that you choose can alter the mood dramatically. Using pure white lights and setting them beneath the benches or enclosing them with slatted timber covers gives your sauna a clean, modern, Scandinavian feel.   A warm light will make the sauna feel hotter but can also be comfortable, intimate and relaxing. Choosing a blue light might seem a strange choice but it will make your sauna feel mellow and romantic.

A sauna should never be over-lit, they are places of relaxation, but choosing the right level of light can make a large sauna feel more intimate or a small sauna feel more airy. Mood lighting is also popular and many people like to add essential oils to the water that they throw on the hot stones.

Sauna Sound Systems

For some of us, the ability to listen to our favourite music as we enjoy our sauna, is an option too good to miss and the simplest way to achieve this is to buy a waterproof bluetooth speaker and put it under the sauna seat (and not any higher).

Alternatively, The Sauna Company supplies and installs weatherproof 50W speakers designed specifically for use in saunas and steam rooms. They come in two designs; one for surface mounting under the lower sauna bench, and the other for recessed installation into the sauna wall.