Thoughts on Choosing a Sauna For Your Home

If you’re the kind of person that loves to spend some time in the sauna to relax then sure enough the thought of buying one for your home has more than likely crossed your mind. What’s holding you back? Is it price? Is it the space requirements? Perhaps in reality there isn’t anything holding you back and you just haven’t gotten around to it for one reason or another.

That’s OK, we won’t judge. Promise. Plus, if you’d already gone ahead and bought a sauna for your home then this article would probably be useless to you anyway. In that light, we’re glad you haven’t bought on yet.

There are quite a few things you can consider when you’re making a purchase that can leave you more or less satisfied with the outcome.

Indoor or Outdoor?

Many people might not even realize that this is an option, but you can actually choose to go with either an indoor or an outdoor sauna. The benefits of going with an outdoor model? Well, it won’t take up extra space in your home for one thing. At the same time and in the same vein, you can accommodate a much larger sauna by keeping it outdoors. Barrel saunas become an option too.

If you’re someone who likes to keep things traditional and you like to have friends over for a sauna from time to time then an outdoor sauna may just make sense for you. If you like a little more convenience and you can spare the room in your house, indoor saunas will often make a lot more sense. They’ll see less wear and tear and you won’t have to bear the cold when you go to use it in the winter months.

What About Infrared?

There’s a new kid on the block these days, and it goes by the name of infrared saunas. But why is there a new kid on the block? Haven’t we been using this technology for millennia without any issues? You’re darn right we have. There’s evidence of Finnish saunas over 2,000 years ago as of this writing.

There are some benefits to infrared saunas though, namely in price and energy requirements. They’re generally much more within reach for the average person. They also operate at lower temperatures while still warming you from the inside using the infrared energy waves, which some argue may be better on your body. There is some discussion as to whether or not they are safe, but generally speaking, they seem to be just fine.

What Size Do You Need?

One more thing you’ll want to consider before you go ahead with your purchase is how big you’ll need the sauna to be. As mentioned earlier, if you’re the type that wants to have large groups of friends over for sauna sessions you might be best off going with an outdoor barrel sauna. There are also some larger sized saunas you can get for your home too though.

It’s generally recommended that you go with a sauna that’s a bit bigger than you expect to need, if you can spare the space. There’s something to be said for the comfort the extra space lends, especially when the main purpose of the sauna is for relaxation. You’ll also want to pay attention to the size of the heater. Small heaters can take a long time to heat up the small space to such a high temperature, so if you can afford for a slightly higher powered heater it’s certainly worth the money.

Should You Add A Sunroom To Your Home?

Sunrooms are a great place to wake up in the morning. It’s amazing to sit with the sun shining down on your skin as you enjoy a cup of coffee and open up your book, or perhaps get started on the days work. Not every home has a sun room though, and you may be wondering if it even makes sense for you to add one.

It’s a good question. Sunrooms aren’t necessarily particularly functional. You could achieve much of the same thing simply in your living room. Why, then, would you want a sun room?

Well, if you’re simply looking for a bit more space in your house then a sun room can be a great way to go. They work well as standalone rooms, and they can easily be added on to just about any home layout. Depending on your climate they may not even need to be heated, so their construction could potentially be as simple as they come.

Sun rooms are also a great place for kids. You can keep all of their toys there, and they’re usually pretty easy to close off so your kids can’t go wandering all over the house as you’re trying to take care of your daily tasks. You can even have a nice set of French doors to ensure that your kids will stay inside, but also that you’ll have full view of them at all times.

Another great thing about sun rooms is that you probably won’t even need a foundation to support them. Just a simple slab should do the trick. This means that it is even easier to install a sunroom as an add-on to your home.

They can also be a great place for indoor plants. As they are designed to let as much sun in as possible, your plants will revel in the UV rays. This can either be a great place to keep your plants all year round, or it can be a great place to start seedlings when the weather is just a bit too cold to be planting outside. It functions as a nursery, if you will.

They can also be a great place to spend time with you family, especially in the winter months. When it’s too cold to go outside and the days are short, it’s all to common for people to be lacking in sun. Sun exposure results in more vitamin D production, and without it you can easily get a deficiency. A sunroom allows you to soak up the rays without being directly exposed to the elements. This is just another great benefit of this simple addition.

If you have any interest in a sun room at all, there’s really not much to lose. Get in touch with a local contractor to see what will be involved and what it will cost. You probably will be surprised at just how easy it is. Let us know how it goes, we’d love to hear about your experience!