Outdoor Infrared Sauna

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A sauna in itself is fun, and having it outside just hikes the amount of gratification that can be attained. With an outdoor sauna, you can enjoy utmost relaxation with the addition of enjoyable natural elements like the splashing of raindrops, the chirping of birds in the morning, the sound of rain against the roof, and several other things that make one feel close to nature. Therefore, having your sauna outside is a one-of-a-kind experience. This article will discuss whether you can put your infrared sauna outside and everything you need to know about it.

Also read: How do infrared saunas work?

Firstly, is it possible to place your infrared sauna outdoors?

The simple answer to this question is yes. However, if you are thinking of building an outside sauna, there are a lot of things that you will have to consider. One of the main parameters is what kind of sauna you have and how to fit it is to be placed outside. A lot of things, including the temperature, climate, rainfall density, humidity, determine whether or not you can place your sauna outside.

Effect of Temperatures on Outside Infrared Saunas

If you live in extreme colder climates like the Northeast, you will require a sauna that has been specifically built for the outdoors. In these regions, good-quality saunas are insulated. They have extra wattage per cubic foot, that is, more heaters, devised in a way to be able to tolerate extreme colder temperatures and climatic conditions like snowfall, rain, etc.

If you are concerned about natural damage, then keep in mind, the sun is the biggest enemy of your sauna. A lot of people think that exposure to rain and the sauna will get damaged; however, that is not the case. As many users have experienced, the sauna is vulnerable to sunlight. As the wood fades over time, it develops cracks and starts to leak. No matter the type of wood you use, damage due to sunlight is common in all woods. In order to prevent this, these are the two precautions you can take:

  • Keep your sauna in a shade region, away from sunlight
  • Use a protective cover or heavy-duty canvas to cover your sauna

Also read: DIY near infrared sauna

Things you should consider before building an outside infrared sauna

Now, before you construct an outdoor infrared sauna, these things need to be kept in mind:

  • Location of the power outlet
  • Space of installation
  • Type of infrared heater
  • The climatic condition of the region
  • Warranty of the Infrared Sauna

Location of the Power Outlet

In order to operate infrared saunas, you need electricity and a power supply. The location where you install your infrared sauna should be in proximity to a power supply outlet. This is a major specification that you need to consider when deciding where to place your infrared sauna. When you are placing it outdoors, make sure that you install it close to a GFI outlet.

In the case of many infrared saunas, the power supply outlet is on the roof, while for some, it is under the bench. If the power supply outlet of your sauna is on the roof, you have to be very careful about water damage. If your location has high rainfall, it washes right off the roof, but in the case of snow, it gets collected on top of the roof. If you don’t keep your sauna protected from snow, it will seep deep into the power supply system, potentially damaging your entire sauna.

When your power supply outlet is placed on top of the sauna, you will have to keep it closer to the plug outlet because, unlike ordinary saunas that have 8 meters long cord, infrared saunas have a power cord only 6 meters long.

So, the main thing you have to consider about the location is keeping the sauna at a safe and optimum distance from the power outlet.

Space of Installation

Depending upon the size of your sauna, whether it is one person, two people, four persons, and so on, you will have to choose the space of your sauna. Most people who install outdoor saunas are in their backyards. If you intend to place your sauna on a deck or patio, be sure that it is much more sturdy to handle the weight. Though most saunas differ in weight, the range is generally between 500-100lbs.

Moreover, your sauna should not be in a tight position. There needs to be adequate space around the sauna to enable proper water runoff. Also, if the place has even a slight chance of flooding, make sure you take measures like constructing a base on the ground using cinder blocks, bricks, or something of the same kind.

Also read: Infrared vs ceramic heater

Type of Infrared heater used

What type of infrared heaters is best for the outdoors? This is a big question. Well, for starters, keep in mind, any sauna designed for indoor use, especially pure carbon, is a big NO for outdoor use. The heat generated by carbon saunas is just not enough to battle the outside temperature.

When your sauna is installed outside, and left in extremely cold temperatures like 32 degrees Fahrenheit, all its components like the power supply, controllers, heaters, wires, stereo, thermostat, wood, and literally everything else, freeze. To make it usable in extremely cold temperatures, you will have to unthaw your sauna first and then use it. Using a weak, indoor-built sauna with only carbon heaters will be inefficient in performing well in situations like these.

To make your sauna work, you will require hotter heaters, two halogen heaters at the least. Suppose you have two 350 Watts Halogen heaters in your outdoor sauna instead of pure carbon heaters. In that case, the surface temperature will be a comfortable 775 Degrees Fahrenheit, unlike a carbon heater only of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you live in freezing climates, there is a chance that you will have to wait for a reasonable amount of 5 to 10 minutes extra to make the sauna warm.

Climatic Conditions of the region

If you want your outdoor sauna to work proficiently, you will have to get one that is built specifically for outdoor use. In the previous point, we explained how a weak sauna developed for indoor use is not enough for the extreme temperature outside.

Are you really interested in getting an IR outdoor sauna that will last you permanently? Then, you should get one that can withstand all elements.

Here is a list of differences between a traditional sauna and an outdoor IR sauna:

  • Composite wood – in a regular sauna, the quality of wood is not a big factor, but in outdoor saunas, you have to make sure that the wood doesn’t fade or crack from the sun. For example- the kind of wood used in Trex Decking material.
  • Sturdy – if your sauna is light weighted, chances are it can be blown away by the wind. To ensure that the roof of your outside sauna doesn’t fly off, it should be at least within 500 to 1000lbs.
  • High power heaters – unlike regular carbon heaters, your outside sauna will require four full spectrum heaters of 500 watts to heat properly in extreme temperatures.

Also read: 1-2 person sauna

Warranty of the Infrared Sauna

Last but not least, check your warranty. Most outdoor IR saunas come with a warranty. Some even come with a warranty of a lifetime. In the warranty information, you will also find an outdoor storage guide containing every detail about caring for and storing an outdoor IR sauna. The easiest way to care for and protect your sauna from outdoor damage is by using a heavy-duty canvas as a cover.

A sauna is a big investment. So, you have to be as thorough as possible with the paperwork. Check all your warranty details and information about the sauna before making the purchase.

These were the most important factors one has to keep in mind when planning to install an outdoor infrared sauna. Even though it is a little bit high maintenance, the results are highly worth every bit of trouble.

Bottom Line

Naturally, you are curious about getting an outdoor infrared sauna. Not only is a sauna a great mode of relaxation, but also it impacts positively on our health. This article has comprehensively discussed all the things needed to know about installing an outdoor infrared sauna.

Unlike regular saunas, many important things need to be considered about outdoor saunas as they are much more exposed to outside factors and vulnerable to damage. More attention and maintenance are required in the case of an outdoor sauna. Make sure it has a sturdy built structure, is compatible with the local climate of the region you live in, and most importantly, is strong enough to withstand elements like rain, snow, and heat. In places where the chance of heat damage is extensive, using covers and protectors is an effective precaution.

In the case of infrared saunas, it uses light waves to reach your cells. Traditional carbon saunas, on the other hand, warm up the air around you. This would mean that if your outdoor IR sauna is not well insulated, it will not be able to provide you with all the benefits of warmth and sweating. Unlike a controlled environment, in outdoor saunas, the benefits and comfort might be less, unless, of course, you are a high-quality, well-built sauna explicitly designed for outdoor use. So, it is essential that while installing an outdoor sauna, you take adequate measures to keep the place highly insulated.

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I used to be a marketing guy working for technology companies. After 15 years of corporate life, I burnt out. Severely. I turned my focus on my health and made drastic changes in my life. Today I’m the happiest person I know.

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