WE ARE NOT A 'VIRTUAL COMPANY'
Saunafin is first and foremost a "brick and mortar" company. We are not an Internet invention or simply an online reseller. We manufacture 80% of the products we sell. We make our own line of sauna heaters. We build our own doors in a variety of styles. And we bring in truckloads of Western Red cedar directly from the West coast. Not only do we manufacture sauna kits and other materials, but we also have over five decades of experience installing home and commercial saunas. We have installed literally thousands of saunas locally.
What does this mean for you? It means we have direct installation experience with virtually any shape or size of sauna and have had to deal with any number of obstacles. If you have a special restriction or concern, we do not have to call some distant supplier to relay your concern, pick their brains and get back to you. We can answer your questions, based on years of experience.
We have a real factory and busy public showroom in a geographic region of over 5 million consumers. We deal with people face to face every day in our showroom. And it is our goal that people who visit our website feel as if they are actually visiting our showroom. You will find our site very detailed. We have tried to provide answers to the kinds of questions we hear regularly.
TYPES OF SAUNAS WE CARRY
The benefits of saunas and steam baths are widely reported. From simple relaxation & stress relief and soothing tired muscles to health benefits related to "induced fever" and detoxification. These benefits can be realized by the use of different types of rooms.
Saunafin offers all three - traditional (hot rock and water), steam bath (steam generator) and infrared. The benefits can be achieved with each. Which type is best suited for you is a personal decision. Your choice may be influenced by particular preference, health concerns; a certain exercise regimen, space restrictions, social aspects or home decor plans.
Traditional saunas provide a more intense environment with extreme temperatures and blasts of hot steam from splashing the rocks. For many, this is what a true sauna is all about and it is something they desire and appreciate.
There are now also traditional saunas that provide the option of a milder experience. The Tylo Sense Combi sauna heater has a built-in steam reservoir. The Tylo "Soft Sauna" with lower temperatures (around 60°C/140°F) and higher humidity (40-50%) is a unique sauna experience.
Steam baths or steam showers are known in some parts of the world as a Turkish bath or hammam. Steam is usually added to a new or renovated shower. Often installed in a master bath or as part of a finished basement. The steam bath/shower approach provides lower overall temperatures (110-120°F. vs. 185-195°F) and higher humidity (70-100% vs. 10-30 %) as compared to a sauna. The higher humidity is a milder environment. Many prefer the steam bath experience. Others select steam because it can be added to a shower, so no additional space is required.
Infrared saunas offer a modern twist to an age-old experience. IR heaters (emitters) use infrared radiation to heat the body directly without heating the air. Because the infrared rays are absorbed directly into the body, many people can work up a sweat at less intense temperatures than a traditional sauna (100-120°F). While we do not subscribe to many of the over the top claims from some infrared sauna vendors, there is certainly a market for infrared. Most Infrared saunas are 120-volt plug-n-play pre-fab cabins mass produced overseas. Being such turnkey products has led to multitudes of infrared sauna companies. It is for that very reason that we do not carry such pre-fab infrareds.
We focus exclusively on installed infrared heaters and kits for field installation as part of a renovation. Our infrared is designed to be installed as a permanent structure. We carry one of the few or the only ETL approved field installed infrared heater packages
You Decide - Wet Sauna, Dry Sauna, Steam Sauna, Rock Sauna.
There has always been confusion around the various adjectives applied to saunas: dry sauna, wet sauna, steam sauna, rock sauna. We prefer the name Traditional Sauna. In a nutshell, a traditional sauna is a basically dry environment, with momentary bursts of humidity when water is splashed on the rocks. Ambient sauna humidity is around 10%, far below the 30-40% that is found in most homes. Splashing water on the rocks will spike humidity to 60-70% for a few seconds only, resulting in the wave of heat that comes off the rocks. To add to the confusion, the infrared industry has taken to calling their product a dry sauna. We say the very same traditional sauna heater is both wet and dry. The sauna basically bakes the air inside the room (dry) and splashing water on the rocks (in moderation) is part of the sauna experience (wet).
Similarly, The term steam sauna is used by some to refer to a traditional sauna and by others to describe a steam bath. We at Saunafin avoid the using of the term steam sauna. It just leads to confusion. The terms you will hear us say are traditional or rock sauna, steam bath or steam shower and infrared sauna.
First and foremost, saunas and steambaths should be viewed as leisure products. They provide a relaxing and enjoyable environment to help you kick back and unwind. A place to find peace of mind, relaxation, and contentment. In other words, a way to deal with daily stress with a smile on your face. As a bonus, saunas are reputed to offer a number of health benefits.
Heat relieves pain by expanding blood vessels and increasing circulation. Better circulation allows more oxygen to reach injured areas of the body and helps reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
Perspiring is part of the complex thermoregulatory process of the body that increases the heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate. The process requires a large amount of energy and reduces excess moisture, salt, and subcutaneous fat. Fat becomes water-soluble and the body sweats out fats and toxins.
During a 10-20 minute sauna session, your heart rate increases by 50-75%. This provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. The increased cardiac load is the equivalent to a brisk walk. There is a nominal effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin to expand to accommodate increased blood flow.
We all sweat. Sweat is mostly water. Sweating is a way to cool the body. But in the heat of a sauna, the core body temperature begins to rise. Many doctors claim this "Deep Sweating" in a sauna can help reduce levels of lead, copper, zinc, nickel, mercury and other environmental chemicals.