You can find saunas as a common fixture in many health-related facilities, like gyms and spas, across the nation. Nowadays, it can also be found in homes. If you want one, you’ll find that you have a number of choices, with one of the relatively new ones being the infrared sauna. How does it differ from the traditional type?
A traditional sauna uses heater rocks where water is splashed to create steam. Infrared saunas, as the name implies, uses infrared instead to produce heat. With this, traditional types create an environment with high heat and low humidity while infrared saunas have milder temperatures. The infrared rays directly heat the body so lower temperatures suffice.
They also differ in how they trigger sweating in your body. A traditional one heats the air inside the sauna room. Through heat convection, the temperature of your body increases. Your body transports the blood closer to your skin surface and the pores open. An infrared sauna also heats the air but not as much as the traditional does. Instead, infrared heaters emit a certain wavelength of light, which is absorbed by your skin, thereby raising the body’s temperature.
As for the power requirement, in terms of averages, traditional saunas require around six times more power than infrared saunas.