Sauna Room

Sauna Room Temperatures

Everyone loves to languish in the comfort and radiating warmth of a sauna room. Whether choosing a dry heat sauna (which creates radiating heat from a focal point source) or a wet sauna which generates high temperature moisturising steam, or even the popular and economical infrared sauna options. One thing that all sauna rooms have in common is the importance of being educated and regulating sauna room temperatures for comfort and for user safety.

Sauna Room Temperatures

Determining Appropriate Sauna Room Temperatures

How does one determine the correct or maximum threshold sauna room temperatures? First it is important to consider the built structure of the sauna room. If it is a pre-fabricated unit (or a modular unit) it is fairly easy to determine the recommended sauna room temperatures as they will be included on the instructions and user manual. The manufacturer of the sauna has done extensive quality control testing on the structure and resistance to heat and damage. Safety standards typically demand that items for human use be tested against all possible hazard and potential injury. As such, the manufacturers guidelines for adhering to maximum sauna room temperatures should be followed at all times.

Things that can Affect Sauna Room Temperatures

The number of individuals seated inside the spa will also determine sauna room temperatures. This makes common sense. If there is only one user who will be sitting inside the sauna unit it is likely that less energy will be required as there will be less physical matter within the sauna to absorb heat. Sauna room temperatures also vary inside the unit depending on where the visitor is sitting. For instance if the design is built with bench seating, the higher benches will offer exposure to a hotter temperature. Heat rises and the hottest seats in the house are at the top.

The average duration of enjoyment will impact the spa room temperatures as will the amount of traffic in and out of the spa. For instance, if the sauna is a private one with no excessive opening and closing of the door, there will be minimal heat escape. However in a busy spa with individuals using it throughout the day this will impact the required sauna room temperatures. Many establishments will set the sauna to a higher temperature to attempt to offset the heat loss of frequently door opening. Most manufacturers warn that a person in prime health will only require a thirty (30) minute session to enjoy the full benefits of a sauna. Anything more than this risks injury or ailment.

Health and Sauna Room Temperatures

The health factors and associated risks for individuals using the spa will determine appropriate sauna room temperatures. Temperature tolerances vary by age, weight and health with less heat tolerance prevalent in older populations. As such if the sauna is located in a facility where the majority of users will be elderly or users which may present with high risk health issues (hypertension, blood clots, heart attack or stroke) it is advised that they avoid using a sauna for any duration of time and sauna room temperatures be adjusted accordingly to prevent injury and facilitate a maximum safe enjoyment of the sauna.

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