Unless you’re from Finland, where there are more saunas than cars, you may have never considered adding a sauna to your home. Although it’s a significant expenditure, once constructed, a sauna adds value to the home, requires very little upkeep and can provide a lot of health benefits.
Whether you purchase a pre-cut sauna package or a pre-built, free-standing sauna, your sauna will take up a lot of space in your home. At-home saunas are generally anywhere from 3×4 feet to 8×10 feet, so in all likelihood, you will have to relocate some of your furniture to an attic, basement or storage unit. When choosing a location for your sauna, make sure there are a waterproof floor and access to a 220- to 240-volt electrical hookup for the heater. Also, you may want to place your at-home sauna near a shower for convenience.
Unlike swimming pools and hot tubs, saunas rarely require maintenance. Aside from periodically cleaning the floor, you can leave saunas alone entirely. All types of sauna heaters – electric, gas and wood – have few moving parts and rarely break down.
While you can certainly opt for not having a sauna, investing in a sauna is worth it for the health benefits.
The first objection a lot of us have to buy a sauna is the question, where are we going to put it? The answer may not be so obvious. If it’s an infrared sauna, you don’t need a water source, meaning it doesn’t require a bathroom installation like a steam room or traditional sauna. Therefore, you can set it up in your garage, in a guest room, in your bedroom, or even build it outside in a separate room altogether. It’s up to you where you want to put your sauna. Surely, somewhere in the house, there’s space!
Before we get into the health benefits, is it worth it to invest in a sauna – if you’re into luxury, absolutely. Saunas have been used for hundreds of years, used to heal and restore the body. Sauna designs are more luxurious than ever, allowing you to choose materials and features to customize your experience the way you want it. Imagine having your own spa at home – that’s exactly what it’s like with a sauna.
Impress your loved one
If you’re someone who dates a lot, has a romantic partner, or who is married, a sauna’s either a nice gift to give them as well or can be used to impress potential mates coming over. Saunas enjoy a high perceived value, with a lot of people overestimating the costs of building and installing a sauna. Believe us when we say it makes a pleasant impression when one is visiting or staying with you.
You can choose from a wide array of different therapeutic and vanity features to not only give your sauna an exact look you want but to give it the function you desire. If you want aromatherapy with essential oils, colour therapy, music, or other functionality, a lot can be built into a sauna design. It’s within your living space, so it’s all accessible whenever you need it. Your leisure is waiting.
Aches and pains
If you have aches and pains, a sauna is a natural remedy for these things. Young and old alike, the stresses we put on our bodies isn’t worth carrying indefinitely. There’s relief. Stiff joints, muscle aches, post-exercise induced soreness, and similar aches and pains can all be handled with saunas. If you have a chronic condition or injury, this is a way to provide an escape from the limitations of pain and discomfort.
Sauna heat also has fantastic physiological effects on the body. The heat promotes physical relaxation and helps relieve pain in aching joints and muscles. Sitting in a sauna has positive effects on arthritic individuals and helps relieve their joint pain. Saunas are also great for individuals who work out a lot, particularly weightlifters. The heat helps relieve muscle cramps and can also help speed up recovery in athletes.
It’s like having a massage
The biggest reason why homeowners buy saunas is for stress relief and relaxation. We face stress on a daily basis. We try to combat this with things like exercise, diet, massages, acupuncture, and different high-expense treatments. While some of these work, it’s not always as relaxing as saunas can be. Within minutes, you’ll instantly reduce anxiety and stress, and you’ll feel better moving forward with your day or night after having done some 20-30 minutes in a sauna.
Have you ever considered how heat helps our bodies relax? Think about how you feel when you lay in the sun. When you sit in a sauna, the heat causes the release of endorphins into your bloodstream. Endorphins are the hormones which help us relax and help us clear our mind from stress. Many people find sitting in a sauna regularly is incredibly meditative and calming.
Aids in detoxification
Sweating is not only a way for our bodies to cool down but also to rid toxins from our bodies. When you sit in a sauna, your internal body temperature rises, causing your heart rate to increase and your body to sweat. The sweat flushes out toxins like nicotine and mercury from our bodies and leaves us feeling cleaner internally.
Detoxification of the lymphatic system is a real concern for a lot of people. After all, we routinely take in so many toxins over the course of our day – more than our ancestors did before us, by a long shot. In fact, more of us are getting sick from the amount of toxins we consume with studies connecting illnesses like ALS to toxic bacteria. A sauna helps to relieve some of the stress put on our bodies by creating more efficiency in our internal systems.
Prevent the flu and common colds
Infrared saunas boost blood circulation and help to stimulate the production of white blood cells, aiding the immune system in its response to viruses and bacteria. Regular sauna bathing dramatically lowers the risk of catching common colds, even those caused by viruses. Since today there is no medication that works for those colds, only for the symptoms, preventing them through regular sauna bathing is a good strategy. You can read more about sauna baths and the immune system here.
Improves Skin’s Appearance
Flushing out toxins has a significant impact on your skin, the largest bodily organ. The steam helps to open up your pores and release dirt and toxins clogging them up. As dirt leaves your pores, moisture enters and leaves you with a youthful and hydrated glow.
Overall, sitting in a sauna helps improve skin texture and hydration.
Contemporised your home
Far and away from the health benefits of a sauna is what it does for one’s vanity and property value. Buying a sauna will increase your property value, providing you with yet another selling point. There’s a lot of furnishings you can add to increase your home’s value. A sauna’s a contemporary look you can give to any home, and no one will argue against it. It’s gorgeous, sophisticated, and sleek, and the benefits are well-studied and well-known.
Relieves nasal congestion in colds and flus
Another great health benefit with a sauna is that it instantly clears up congestion in the nasal cavity. If this is something you’re prone to or regularly struggle with colds and flus, try a sauna. Having one in your home, it’s all the easier. When you’re feeling very sick, knowing you invested in a sauna kept in your home, you can jump in any time and find some relief. Congestion isn’t tremendously fun to live with and waiting for it to clear sometimes isn’t an option. Get rid of it!
A sauna doesn’t cost a lot to operate
Some of the concern you may have in buying a sauna is that it will cost a lot in energy and electricity. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While a traditional sauna or steam room, especially older models, can increase electricity bills by a relatively significant amount, with a modern-day infrared sauna you’re not going to see your utility bills climb up all too much. To put it simply, a sauna does not cost a lot of money on energy or electricity.
Reasons to Buy a Sauna Kit for Your Home
Sauna kits are becoming more and more popular for at-home use among homeowners in North American and abroad. Why so many are buying residential saunas are for various reasons. In the last twenty years, there’s been a marked increase in sauna installation interest. Here are the biggest reasons why you may want to consider installing a sauna in your home.
The average homeowner who spends the money installing an at-home infrared sauna usually ends up saving anywhere from $2,000 to $3,200 annually in costs that would go towards a spa or wellness centre.
The instructions are easy to follow.
Even if you’re inexperienced with DIY projects or renovations, installing a sauna is easy. The instructions are all provided for your benefit to peruse as needed. It’s comparable to assembling a desk or a bed frame. Everything’s labelled and ready to go.
Size and layout can be customized.
Before purchasing a sauna, we invite you to weigh considerations regarding how large or small you need your sauna to be and/or what you want to be included in its layout. A manufacturer can customize, ensuring it fits perfectly to any spot in the home. Do you want it in the bedroom, basement, or beside the bathroom – a manufacturer can probably do it. Because no water source or plumbing is needed, you can install your sauna almost anywhere in the home. No drain is needed, either.
Adds value to your home.
If you have the intention to sell your home within the next five years, an infrared sauna can add tremendous value. The general rule of thumb to remember is the value your sauna adds is generally double the cost of materials.
Freedom and satisfaction.
People buy a sauna for the freedom of having one in their home, and they end up usually very satisfied. Successfully built saunas can completely change a person’s life, giving them a place to relax, burn calories, de-stress, and get some of those amazing health benefits saunas are known for.
It’s the only way you’re getting a spa at home
The short-term benefit of a sauna is you essentially create your own spa right from home. If you want to pamper yourself or someone else, a spa day with some time in a sauna, a nice shower, some moisturizing, a facial, and whatever else works. It’s really an excellent investment, contributing value to your life and the property itself. A quality sauna’s a good return on investment, no question. As long as you don’t skimp on the quality, you’ll have a sauna ready decades down the line.
What is the best type of home sauna?
The best saunas to install in your home should be those with top of the line performance and providing excellent value for your money. As saunas are more inexpensive than they’ve ever been, this has meant some low-quality models making their way into the marketplace. Steam Saunas doesn’t do low-quality models. We actually provide saunas to gyms, hotels, spas, and commercial establishments all over North America. Our models are built well, made from high-quality materials, and worth the investment!
Of course, the most important benefit of all in an in-home custom sauna is the pure enjoyment and pleasure you’ll experience while using it yourself. Unlike going to a gym or hotel, with an in-home sauna you can enjoy the privacy or your own sauna while being able to customize the heat, humidity, hygiene, and comfort on your terms.
3 Types of In-Home Saunas
There are several types of saunas available for residential use. These are three of the most common types of in-home saunas:
A traditional sauna is a dedicated room or space, usually made of cedar, where you can relax and unwind in the steam. Cedar reacts better to humidity than other woods and reduces the risk of warping and cracks. With the proper wood and treatment, a traditional sauna maintains heat, steam, and air quality for the perfect in-home spa experience.
Another popular option for an in-home sauna is to integrate the sauna experience into your shower with a steam shower. Usually, this will be a walk-in shower unit with a bench or built-in seat. It functions as a regular shower and also has steam generator pipes to allow for a sauna experience in your shower when you want it.
An infrared sauna is another in-home sauna option. Like the traditional sauna, it’s built as a dedicated room or space. However, instead of using steam, an infrared sauna uses light to create heated air. It’s essentially radiant heat sources using light to create the traditional sauna feel without needing water to generate steam.
Pros of In-Home Saunas
An in-home sauna can provide several benefits to a homeowner. Here are some pros of in-home saunas:
In-home saunas provide luxurious relaxation at home.
The biggest benefit of an in-home sauna is that it allows you to have a luxurious spa-like retreat in the convenience of your own home. You have the privacy of your own space that also provides a relaxing, stress-free experience whenever you need it. Including an in-home sauna is also one of the ways to make a cold bathroom warmer.
They can provide health benefits.
Although there are many health benefits associated with saunas, not every claim out on the internet is backed up with scientific evidence. Some of the supported health benefits include relaxation and its related benefits. In general, sitting in a sauna can increase your circulation and relax tense muscles. The act of taking a moment and relaxing, can be a useful tool for relieving stress, which has its own slew of health benefits and can be connected to improved cardiovascular health.
You’ll want to be careful in general and use your sauna responsibly as staying too long in a sauna can cause dehydration and could lead to heat exhaustion if you were to fall asleep while enjoying it. However, people with heart disease and women who are pregnant should talk to their doctors about whether a sauna is a good idea for them. Depending on the severity of heart disease, your doctor may recommend that you stay cool and avoid heating up in the sauna. In the case of pregnancy, they may also advise you to avoid it.
An in-home sauna can increase the value of your home.
In-home saunas can be a desirable addition to a home. Although you may not be building a custom home with the intention of selling it anytime soon, an in-home sauna can increase the overall value of your home, which is a benefit when you do decide to put it on the market. In the meantime, you get to enjoy having your in-home spa available any time at your convenience!
Cons of In-Home Saunas
There are also some potential drawbacks to an in-home sauna. Here are some cons of in-home saunas:
In-home saunas can be expensive.
An in-home sauna will take some extra planning and materials, regardless of the type of sauna you choose. This means adding one to your custom home will increase costs. If you’re a homeowner with less flexibility in your custom home budget, an in-home sauna may be an extra feature that pushes your budget too high or wouldn’t be worth the sacrifices in other areas in order to get it.
They can take up valuable space in your bathroom.
A traditional or infrared sauna takes up space, so you will need to plan for them in your bathroom layout and design. Depending on the rest of your home layout, they could take up valuable space in your bathroom. The benefits of having an in-home sauna may outweigh the cost of giving up some extra space. Plus, you have some flexibility in how large your sauna will be – you can choose to have a smaller one with just enough room for one person, or you can go larger for some space to stretch out.
If the thought of giving up extra space in your bathroom isn’t appealing to you and you still want an in-home sauna, you can opt for a steam shower instead of a traditional or infrared sauna. Unlike the other types, a steam shower can be integrated into your normal shower, which means it won’t take up extra space in your bathroom – it’ll just add another set of pipes to your shower for the steam generation.
An in-home sauna requires maintenance.
Another potential drawback to an in-home sauna is simply that it is another item in your home that requires maintenance. If you’re someone who particularly hates cleaning chores, it might be better to stick to a steam shower for your in-home sauna, so you don’t have yet another separate area to clean and maintain.
A Sauna May Add Value to Your Home
Many homeowners wonder if a home sauna actually adds value to the home or property. There is a touch of luxury to a home with a built in-sauna, and some added leisure to the living environment. A sauna can add value to your home. Understandably, the added value of a home sauna will be defined in different ways.
In general, residential real estate prices are most influenced by supply and demand market forces. This is especially true for residential homes in North America. A sauna adds value to your home in the same way that a renovated kitchen or renovated bathroom enhances value. Today, a home sauna can be a very attractive “extra” when selling a property.
Like other home improvements, a sauna may add value to your home when a potential buyer is interested. For many buyers, there’s certainly something appealing about a home sauna. And while not every home improvement will appeal to everyone, there is much to be said about added “extras” like a built-in sauna. The so-called “luxury appeal” is certainly a sign of added value.
Saunas have a high perceived value. People often overestimate how much it costs to build a sauna.
The result: Those buying a sauna kit and installing a sauna are often very pleasantly surprised. And those buying a house have a high perceived value for the sauna. As a result, the sauna adds value to the house well beyond what it actually cost to install.
When it’s done right, a sauna may add value to your home
With a home sauna, it’s important to do it right from the start – a quality product, with quality features, and a quality installation. Anything short could diminish the value to a potential buyer. This is where a good retailer can be instrumental in planning out the sauna.
The location of a home sauna is obviously most important. But beyond location, updated, stylish kitchen, bathrooms and other home improvements help distinguish home and add to the resale value.
And don’t forget the other advantages. The benefits over the years cannot be measured in dollars and cents: daily relaxation after a day at work – weekend socializing with friends – and therapeutic relief from those aches and pains.
Short term and long term benefits of a home sauna
By any measure, a quality home sauna is a valuable investment. Short term, it offers excellent health benefits, which certainly makes the investment worthwhile. Long term, a quality sauna can provide a good return-on-investment when selling the property. The perfect balance is to install a built-in sauna that will satisfy family needs while it adds home value. The better the sauna, the better the long term value.
Like most home improvements, investing in a sauna should be done properly. Whether it’s a custom install or a DIY project, it’s worth working with a good retailer who can provide good advice on location, sizing, features, installation, and maintenance.
There are a variety of options, from easy-to-assemble kits to prefabricated outdoor retreats. Our tips will take the guesswork out of choosing the right sauna for you.
Whether you chose to go traditional, or explore the options of an infrared lamp, modern saunas come from a long line of predecessors in every major civilization. Choose one that’s right for your lifestyle, and you’ll be enjoying the benefits in no time.