...By Ellen Rey for TDPel Media.
According to historical accounts, saunas have been around for thousands of years. While they were popular in Finland and other parts of the world from the beginning, they were a bit slow to spread elsewhere. In fact, it took quite some time for them to come to the United States. Even then, they didn’t catch on at first. All that has changed at this point, though. An ever-growing number of people are realizing the benefits of saunas.
Many people are taking matters even further these days. Instead of traveling to fitness centers or other locales to enjoy a nice sauna, they’re bringing the benefits into their own homes. Infrared models are particularly popular for home use. If you’re among those interested in owning an infrared sauna, you’ll need to make certain preparations beforehand. Some companies offer free installation services, but you’ll still need to take steps to get your house ready for its new addition.
Select a Sauna and a Location
Opinions vary on whether people should start by choosing a sauna or selecting a location for one. In truth, these two factors go hand in hand. Saunas come in numerous shapes, sizes, and varieties. They range from personal inflatable models to sizable immobile setups designed to accommodate large groups of people. Explore the different options, narrow them down to a few of your favorites, and compare those against the space you have available for a sauna.
Think about whether you want the sauna indoors, outside, or in a structure all its own. Many people choose to have their saunas installed in or near their bathrooms. Some opt to have them installed near their swimming pools. Infrared saunas are particularly flexible in this regard. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Just be sure the model you choose and the space you have dovetail with one another.
Keep electrical considerations in mind as well. Some saunas need little more than an available electrical outlet to get them up and running. Of course, if you don’t have an outlet in the area where you want the sauna, one will need to be installed by a professional. Professional intervention will also be required if you choose a space that isn’t already wired for electricity. Furthermore, it may be necessary to have an electrical panel upgrade or a subpanel installed. The existing electrical panel may not be able to handle the extra load placed on it by a sauna.
Getting Ready for Your New Sauna
Those are the main factors to consider when preparing to have a sauna installed. Considerations can vary greatly from one type of sauna to the next. Some don’t need a great deal of prep work. Others may require significant home renovations. Think about the amount of preparation that may be needed when determining which type of sauna, you want and where to place it. Don’t overlook the potential expenses involved, either. Consider the benefits of professional installation, too, as this could actually save you a great deal of time, money, and hassle in the long run.