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Important factor to consider when planning a sauna

30 Jul 2015 / in Sauna, Sauna Builder, Sauna Equipment

Planning a sauna requires details and extra consideration. To properly plan your sauna, you can ask always for a professional assistance or do your own research as a lot of websites provides tips and information on how to plan a good sauna. Either way, here at Finns Sauna Malaysia, we’re always happy to help.

Location
In order to get the perfect location, you must know the size of the sauna you are planning to have. However, you’ll need to take a tour around your home whether there is any open space available for the sauna.
Never install your sauna over carpeting as it will lead to inconveniences. Build your sauna on surface that doesn’t absorb moisture, you can choose to either have sauna on concrete or tile. Custom saunas allow you to tailor fit the specification based on your preferences.

Choosing the wood

type of sauna woods

type of sauna woods

There are many types of wood to choose from and knowing your options is the key to your overall sauna look. When making decisions, consider the look, budget and scent factors. Listed below are a few common types of wood.

• Cedar – best choice for aesthetic and natural aroma and it cope well with the increased temperature.
• Spruce – white wood with fine grains and small tight knots designs, one of the cost effective wood
• Pine – look similar to spruce but with a larger knots. The knots will fall out when the wood becomes dry therefore should be treated when being used.

Choosing the heater
The heater is the heart and soul of a sauna, know and consider your options and choose the best heater for your sauna. There are two main types of sauna heaters,

Traditional rock heater

Traditional rock heater

• Traditional rocks heater – You can maintain a very hot, dry environment or add varying amounts of water to generate steam and reduce the intensity of the heat.

Infrared sauna heater

Infrared sauna heater

• Infrared heater – It does not use convection to warm and do not produce steam, rather it warms surfaces that it is pointing at. Infrared heater does not heat the air and cannot offer the respiratory benefits of traditional sauna heat.

Insulation

Sauna insulation

Sauna insulation

Your sauna walls and ceiling must be insulated and protected with a vapor barrier appropriately due to the extreme heat produced by sauna heaters.

• R11 or R13 fiberglass insulation is quite adequate for the walls and R26 in the ceiling.
• Use an aluminum foil vapor barrier over the insulated stud walls, never use poly as it will break down from the heat.
• Fresh air intakes and exhaust vents must be installed for proper air circulation

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