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Steam and Sauna

Sauna Tips
for the Homeowner

As a homeowner, you probably have many questions regarding the use, installation, and maintenance of your MrSaunaŽ room and heater. Here are answers to some of the questions that are most frequently asked. If you don’t see your question here, be sure to use the Feedback form to tell us!

If there is more information about a specific answer within the web site, we have supplied a link to that information.


General Topics

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What is a sauna?

Answer
A sauna is a dry, insulated wooden room heated between 160° to 190° F, operating at less than 25% humidity. The heat is provided by a MrSauna in-room heater.

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What does the word "sauna" mean?

Answer
A Finnish word, translates as "Heat Bath." It is also the Finnish art of perspiration bathing. It has been part of the Finnish way of life for more than two thousand years.

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Question
Can I lose weight in the sauna?

Answer
Absolutely, but this is only temporary and you will put the weight back on as soon as you drink any liquid. The sauna can be a useful aid to a health and fitness program which promotes weight loss.

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How does sauna bathing differ with steam bathing?

Answer
Steam bathing is distinguished from sauna bathing by the amount of moisture in the air and by the temperatures at which bathing takes place. The air in a sauna is very dry, aided by the wood construction of the walls and ceiling. The sauna usually operates in the temperature range of 175-190 degrees F with low humidity. A steam bath operates in the 110-120 degrees F temperature range with high humidity. Yet in spite of the sauna and the steam bath operating so differently, they complement each other in a perfect way! Use your steam bath daily for that get up and go -- and your sauna on weekends to wind down after a busy week.

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Installation

Question
What should be taken into consideration when selecting a sauna?

Answer
Room and heater size, door position and door handle, ventilation, electrical supply, and changing and washing and relaxing facilities all are to be considered. See the Selection Tool to help you decide the best configuration for your needs.

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Question
Where is the best place to install a sauna in my home?

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Either next to existing facilities for changing, showering, and relaxing, or choose a site where these can be provided for the greatest enjoyment. Special outdoor sauna rooms can be located adjacent to a pool or on a deck.

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Question
Can I install a sauna in an existing enclave or unused corner?

Answer
Yes. If you have a particular wall space, corner, or enclave, MrSauna can provide a pre-cut room (only the room's interior walls) and this space can then be taken advantage of.

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Question
What effect will a sauna have on surrounding areas?

Answer
Almost no effect. The sauna is a dry heat bath and the result will be a possible increase in temperature of a few degrees in surrounding areas without any increase in moisture or humidity.

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Question
Does the sauna have a floor supplied?

Answer
No. The sauna is usually installed to sit on your existing floor which may be wood, ceramic tile, cement, concrete or the like. Most rooms have a slat floor inside.

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Does the sauna require floor drainage?

Answer
A floor drain is not considered necessary in a residential installation.

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Question
What is the most common room sizes for a residence?

Answer
This is dependent upon how many people may be expected to use the room at any one time. In general, rooms from as small as 3'6" X 3'6" for personal use up to 5' X 7' for family use are the most popular. See Floor Plans to choose the right size for you.

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Question
Do I have to paint my sauna room or otherwise treat the wooden surface?

Answer
No. Do not apply paint, varnish or preservative on the inside of the sauna.

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Question
Why are sauna heater rocks important?

Answer
Special high density igneous (hard granite) rocks properly sized store heat from the MrSauna heater, allowing water to be ladled over the rocks and permit soft, moistened air to blend with the dry air in the room. Raising the humidity within the sauna room creates an enjoyable, relaxing environment. Any heater that does not contain rocks to store heat is not a true sauna.

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Question
Why are sauna room benches at different heights?

Answer
The temperature of the sauna room is warmer at ceiling level and cooler nearer the floor. By selecting or moving from one to the other, the bather has a choice of different bathing temperatures.

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Question
Will the sauna be too heavy for my floor?

Answer
The sauna room heater weight is spread over a large area and the floor loading will be well within building regulations.

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Question
What sort of electrical supply is required?

Answer
Sauna heaters for residential use are rated for operations in standard household 240V electricity. A licensed electrician can easily and safely supply the proper wiring required. See Specifications for more detailed information.

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Using and Maintaining Your Sauna

Question
How long should I allow for taking a sauna?

Answer
Usually 20 minutes.

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Question
How long will the sauna take to reach a satisfactory bathing temperature?

Answer
Depending upon temperature required and the location of the sauna, allow approximately 30 minutes.

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Question
How is the sauna heated?

Answer
Most saunas in the United States are heated by electricity, costing just a few cents per use.

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When should I not take a sauna?

Answer
Not after a heavy meal or if you are under the influence of alcohol.

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Question
Can a sauna bathing period be repeated during the same session?

Answer
After your initial sauna both of 10-20 minutes, a repeat session should be followed after a shower.

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Should I relax after taking a sauna?

Answer
Yes, first bathe with a cold shower to help close the pores (a warm shower is fine if you prefer). Now relax for at least 15 minutes to allow the body to cool and to achieve a feeling of total relaxation.

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How frequently should I take a sauna?

Answer
As little or as often as you wish. Many users select regular evenings each week when they relax over a sauna.

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What is the correct bathing temperature?

Answer
There is no absolute temperature, but 175-190 degrees F is popular with most bathers.

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How does the body adjust to room temperature?

Answer
The quantity of heat contained by the air is small and the body perspires to counteract the effect of the room temperature.

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Finding a Dealer and Contractor

Question
Where should I order a MrSauna?

Answer
No one offers a combination of sauna rooms and heaters with higher quality and performance than MrSauna. Our heaters are UL and CSA approved and are complete with all the necessary operating and safety features to give you confidence and enjoyment . . . and we back this with our years of experience and product warranty.

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