Saunas have been traced back to over 2,000 years ago in Finland. Written records were dating back to 1,112 A.D. describing a sauna dug into the earth. After some time, the Finnish started building saunas above ground, and they used rocks to produce the heat inside a room that held a small air vent to release the smoke. More than 3,000 years ago Mayans were also using sweat houses to bring about balanced health and for spiritual purposes. Saunas have been found in many cultures across the world and have been used for relaxation, therapy, health, and ritual.
A sauna is a heated room around the temperature of 150-degree Fahrenheit. There are four diverse types of saunas: traditional Finnish sauna, dry sauna, steam bath (also known as a Turkish bath), and an infrared sauna. Each experience varies from one type of sauna to the next.
Traditional Finnish Sauna
This specific sauna is wood-lined and is most commonly known as the traditional sauna. Inside of the sauna you can find heated rocks, a bucket of water and a ladle. Anyone who uses the sauna can control the humidity by adding water onto the rocks. This can change the humidity and steam in the sauna from 20% to 40%. The higher the temperature inside of the sauna the lower the humidity.
A dry sauna is like a Traditional Finnish Sauna because it has heated rocks inside, but there is no water to be ladled on the rocks. This type of sauna has lower humidity, and it can be found in a gym. Not everyone knows that adding water onto the heated rocks can be done in a dry sauna, but you should always be courteous of other sauna users and follow any rules if you are using a public sauna.
This type of sauna’s temperature is around 120 degrees Fahrenheit built with tiles, glass or acrylic inside of a sealed space. A steam bath has a lower temperature with 100% humidity. The humidity makes it feel hotter than what the actual temperature is.
An infrared sauna is quite different from all the rest because there is absolutely no humidity. This sauna heats up a person’s body temperature and envelops your body in a heat glove.
If you decide to install a sauna inside of your home, please give Sun Plumbing located in Melbourne, Florida a call. We recommend you get all the details sorted out especially if you are a new homeowner before proceeding forward, but a sauna can make a great addition to your home.