Saunas: FIR vs. Traditional



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Some people view the home sauna as an unattainable luxury, but in reality it’s not all that expensive – especially when compared to the boat that never leaves the driveway and the new exercise room that’s now an oversized storage closet.

The DIY sauna is actually not as difficult as it sounds, but it requires time, materials, equipment and professional heater installation and inspection. The easiest DIY route is to purchase a kit that comes with all the pieces required so that the only additional help you will need will be from an electrician (unless you’re building a wood-burning sauna).

Another option is to start raw with nothing but a blueprint and a stack of wood, and that can be pretty challenging. It’s not recommended for beginners, but this is America and if you want to build a sauna from scratch then you should go for it. Just remember that you're basically building a human hotbox and guesswork is best avoided in these kinds of situations.

Then there’s the Far Infrared (FIR) dry-heat sauna. These saunas are delivered to your door and assembled in no time at all, and use infrared heat emitters to warm the body without warming the ambient air. There are several benefits to this, not least of which are deeper heat penetration for muscle therapy and the avoidance of heat irritation to the skin.

FIR saunas are also very good at maintaining stable heat without the need for plumbing for steam or a chimney and ventilation for burning wood. Their interior temperature controls are precise and easy to operate to achieve maximum comfort, and they are powered using standard household outlets. That's not to mention the fact that many FIR units come with MP3 and CD players, ergonomic backrests, magazine racks and all kinds of fun little surprises.

Even so, there's no gainsaying the pleasure and ceremony associated with the traditional sauna experience. There’s definitely something mysterious and exotic about splashing the hot rocks with water and stoking the coals for more heat. It hearkens back to the Finnish cleansing ritual that has been celebrated for thousands of years.

But, sometimes the HOA frowns on Finnish tradition when it comes to new chimneys being erected in the neighborhood. Other times, building codes prevent the additional plumbing needed for a wet-heat sauna. And, occasionally it just so happens that some people prefer the benefits, convenience and economy of FIR technology.

ATGStores.com is happy to offer any and all spa-going folks out there a chance to have the FIR sauna experience, which can make for a fun and relaxing addition to nearly any home.

This two-person sauna from TheraSauna uses a standard 120V outlet and is constructed of sturdy Aspen wood. 

Crystal Sauna's 4-person corner sauna features PureCarbon FIR heating technology, stereo with remote and light therapy output with seven soothing colors.

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