Where to Put the Sauna in Your House?

Some people love to have a sauna in their homes. They like to relax in their homes by themselves instead of going somewhere out after a long day. If you want to have a sauna in your house, you must find a perfect spot. Depending on the type of sauna you want, you can decide where you want to have your sauna, which might end up being outdoors or indoors.

Outdoor saunas

If you want to build your sauna outdoors, then you might consider the following points:

Choose a location that is protected from the weather

Water on the outside or inside the sauna might damage the timber and the electronics. Too much rainy weather can be harmful to the sauna.

Cover your sauna

You don’t want too much sunlight or too much rainfall on your sauna. Also, you don’t want any birds or other animals to dirty your sauna. So covering the sauna can save it from adverse conditions.

Ensure that you install roofing over the top.

Your sauna must have a shelter or a flat roof at the top. It will help prevent rain or sunlight, or other weather conditions from reaching the sauna.

The best option for an outdoor sauna can be your,

Backyard

The backyard can provide big spaces for saunas. But, it is not are not rated for outdoor use in Canada. It is due to the constant fluctuation in temperature and various other environmental factors. Also, it does not damage your house in case of any mishap.

Indoor saunas

You might also want to have a look at the following points if you have thoughts for an indoor sauna:

Fitting the roof onto your sauna

The construction of the roof is crucial. When the sauna is built, the roof has to be lifted above the sauna a little bit so that you can place the sauna walls between them. 

Taking accurate measurements

At least 10cm of clearance around the back and sides of the sauna for ventilation is strongly recommended. Ensure that the power switch is accessible to turn the sauna off from the power if required.

The best surface to set the sauna

You can set your sauna on the tile, concrete, laminate, or wood. But it is important to make the sauna level, regardless of the location. 

The best places to install your indoor sauna are:

Basement

Your basement is a peaceful place to install your home sauna. Away from the everyday life bustles, your basement sauna may help you find it easier to relax in peace. Additional barriers and privacy can be achieved by adding soundproof walls and installing doors. As long as in the basement there is no moisture or dampness, it’s totally fine to set up your sauna there. Cold temperatures might not damage the wood or electronic components of your sauna, but they will naturally affect the rate of the warm-up speed. It happens because the cabin air becomes much colder than normal air if inside an insulated room.

Bathroom

Create an area where you want to achieve cleanliness and detoxification. It may be the perfect spot to install your sauna for those with a larger bathroom area. Once you have verified the safety measures of the flooring and electrical outlets, your bathroom will be ready for a sauna installation. You can then continue with other constructions and accessories to complete the area. A cabinet for towels, a diffuser for essential oils, and a dimmer switch to adjust the lighting to your liking.

Spa Room

You can always take your health, wellness, and relaxation to the next level with an entire room dedicated to your sauna. The room could be organized and decorated like a spa, with essential oils, low lighting, soothing music, detoxifying products, plants, and more. If It is a room you are planning to build into a sauna as well, it’s important to have a professional inspect it to ensure that the electrical, flooring, and insulation are up to par.

Infrared saunas or traditional steam saunas

Professionals need to install traditional steam saunas strictly due to their critical plumbing, drainage, ventilation, and electrical requirements. It all adds to the final price of the sauna and is up to three to four times more expensive than infrared alternatives. Also, traditional steam saunas are well suited to the outdoors in very cold climates.

On the contrary, most infrared saunas are pre-built and portable, and assembling them is quite easy. You can do it yourself. It generally takes around two to three people to install an infrared sauna using just a few common hand tools and is way cheaper than traditional steam saunas. Time taken is around three to four hours. 

Read more: Infrared vs Traditional Saunas

Is it safe to have a sauna in the house?

Yes! Of course, it is safe to have a sauna in your house. But you’ll want your sauna to be properly installed. All wiring and electrical work should be completed and inspected by a professional electrician. That is very important because it is the safest custom installation of such a luxury item, but a well-built indoor sauna is quite safe. 

Your sauna is to function exactly and very effectively as designed as long as it has proper ventilation, enough distance in the stove placement, and appropriate materials and insulation. In case of hesitation concerning safety, it is recommended to consult with your manufacturer or a professional with sauna experience.

Do home saunas use a lot of electricity?

Home saunas do not consume much electricity at all. The average cost that is used for running an indoor electrical or infrared sauna is about $25-$30 per month. This is mostly when it is run a few times a week for an hour or two sums up.

Here is a breakdown. Consider first the size of the stove. An average electric sauna stove will require about 6000 watts per hour for running. It means that you’ll use 6 kilowatt-hours of electricity to run your sauna for one hour.

Now, multiply the number of watts your stove will be needing to run for an hour by the cost of your power company’s charge for 1 kWh, and then what you get is your cost for running the sauna for one hour. If you run the sauna daily for one hour, using 6000 watts is consumed to heat your 6000 watts stove. That’s 66 – sixty-six cents, as in the USA. So, less than a dollar an hour to heat the home sauna.

Now, one hour a day for a month equals 30 hours. Multiply It time that you spend in the sauna by the cost of each hour’s electricity, and you get $19.80, which is around $20 a month for one hour of daily use. 

Important points to remember

Planning

You must have a proper plan of which type of sauna you want and where you want to place the sauna. The heater you want to get, the wiring, the materials, the luxury items, professional electricians, etc., everything should be planes beforehand.

Budget planning

If you experience the sauna for the first time, you can try low-budget ones. But if you have already experienced a sauna before and know what you can afford, you can go all in. You can then go for a more suitable and luxurious one once you discover the betterments you want with your sauna.

Get the accurate appliances

You have to get the precise wattage heater and accurate electrical wires. You don’t want a short circuit. Also, accurate materials for walls and floor is recommended. You want the perfect temperature and the coziest environment for your sauna. Soundproof walls and roofs give you the most peaceful experience. You can also pick out the accessories according to your liking.

Insulation

Saving energy for the environment is important, and it’s especially important to ensure that sauna walls and ceilings comply with the best standards. It saves the heat from escaping the sauna quickly, so you don’t need to turn the heater again and again.

Ventilation

You must replace the stale air with fresh air. Hence a proper ventilation system is required. The air throughput is suggested to be settled according to the size of the sauna and the number of people using it. It helps maintain the ideal sauna climate and saves energy and costs.

Ensure safety

Get an experienced electrician to approve your sauna once completed.

Conclusion

There are very few restrictions on where your home sauna can go. They are safe and have few real requirements aside from the electrical setup. So, it’s pretty much up to anywhere you want it to go, whether you want an outdoor sauna to enjoy the landscape along with it or an indoor sauna with full privacy and peace.

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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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