Saunas: Key Difference of Infrared and Traditional

Infrared and traditional saunas serve the same purpose – to raise your body temperature and make you sweat. This doesn’t mean, though, that you can indiscriminately choose one over the other.

First, take a look at their similarities. As they both produce heat, they share many of the same benefits to users. People mainly use saunas to get a good sweating and the detoxification associated with it. Other benefits include stress reduction, relief from aches and pains, loosening of sore muscles, and relaxation.

The key difference between these two sauna types is on how they produce heat. Traditional saunas use steam and convection to create warm temperatures inside the sauna room. On the other hand, infrared saunas use far infrared heat, which is heat produced by particular wavelengths of light. Far infrared heat can warm objects directly, that is, without heating the surrounding air.

The steam that traditional saunas create can be a problem to people who cannot tolerate such a condition, particularly those with respiratory concerns. On the other hand, the air in an infrared sauna remains cool even as the body is heated.

The heating method used by an infrared sauna also allows greater portability. The process requires far less energy than traditional saunas, making infrared saunas safer and more practical for home use. With user-friendly controls, homeowners can operate them easily and safely.

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