Frequently asked questions

What is a sauna?
A sauna is a room lined with softwood heated by an electric or wood-heated sauna heater designed for sweat bathing. It can be enjoyed at any temperature depending on the preference of the bather.

How is the sauna heated?
Most saunas are heated by electricity. There are also wood-fired saunas.

Can an electric heater cause electric shock?
Electric heaters are safe to use when installed correctly. That is why a qualified electrician must do the installation. All our heaters are tested before delivery and have passed the electrical safety standards.

What is the correct bathing temperature in a sauna?
The recommended temperature is from 60-90 degrees celcius but the bather can enjoy the sauna according to his preference.

How long does it take for a sauna to reach operating temperature?
If the walls and ceiling are properly insulated, the room will reach operating temperature less than an hour. It is recommended that vents and doors be closed during the warm up period.

What effect will a sauna have on surrounding areas?
There will be a very minor increase in temperature in surrounding areas but no change in moisture or humidity.

Why are sauna heater rocks important?
Sauna rocks store heat from the sauna heater. When the bather throws water onto the hot rocks, the steam will blend with the dry air in the room, giving the bather an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere. Never use the heater without stones, it may cause a fire. Use only stones that are recommended by the sauna heater manufacturer.

Can I throw any kind of water onto the sauna heater rocks?
No. You can only use water that is suitable for household use. Do not use chlorinated water as used in swimming pools or hot tubs as it will corrode your heater.

Why must sauna benches be built of softwood?
They are also cool to the touch. Hardwoods absorb heat and easily become too hot.

Why are there upper and lower benches in a sauna room?
The temperature of the sauna room is warmer at ceiling level and cooler near the floor. Benches are installed at different heights to give the bather a choice of different bathing temperatures.

How can the wood panels in the sauna be protected from moisture?
The best protection against moisture is proper ventilation and drying after using the sauna. Do not apply paint, sealants or any preservative on the wood panels. Wood swells and shrinks and tears off paint and sealants, which are only on the surface of the wood. It is best to leave the wood bare.

What kind of floor is appropriate for a sauna?
A sauna must have a waterproof floor so that it can be easily washed and kept clean. Tile, cement, or heavy duty vinyl are recommended because they are washable and do not absorb water.

Is it necessary to provide a floor drain in a sauna?
It is not necessary but highly recommended. Water should be thrown on the sauna heater rocks with the use of a ladle so that the right amount of water is applied. Once the water hits the rocks, it turns to steam. You should not pour too much water onto the heater. But if you can provide a drain, it may be more convenient for cleaning purposes.

What is the best way to clean the sauna?
You can clean the sauna floors and walls with detergent and water or apply disinfectants like alkalescent or alkaline detergent. If you apply a disinfectant, use cold water and rinse the wood panels thoroughly. It is advisable to clean the sauna before heating it so that it is dries easily.

How frequently should I take a sauna?
As often as you like. But most people go to the sauna twice or three times a week, usually in the evenings to relax after a hard day’s work.

How long should I stay in the sauna?
As long as you feel comfortable. You must leave the sauna and cool yourself off if you begin to feel uncomfortable.

Who should not take a sauna?
One should not take a sauna on a full stomach or under the influence of alcohol. People with heart problems or acute illnesses should consult a doctor before taking a sauna.

Is it okay to take a sauna during menstruation?
Yes, taking the sauna during menstruation eases cramp pains because it relaxes and removes excess water in one’s body caused by sodium retention.

Is it safe for small children to be in the sauna?
Yes under adult supervision but only for a few minutes and in a moderate temperature. Small children should not stay long in the sauna, as they do not perspire as much as the adults do.