Environmentally Friendly Sauna Bathing
The many benefits of a sauna provide great motivation for having one built into your home. Saunas relieve stress, relax muscles, flush toxins, and cleanse the skin. Additionally, they can be a great way to start or end your day. What is even better is that there are steps that can be taken to build an environmentally friendly sauna bath. The key to building such a sauna is to maximize energy efficiency. This will minimize the eco-print left by your sauna. The foundation will be laid by how the sauna is built. Which heater is selected and proper maintenance will also ensure that your sauna is environmentally friendly for years to come!
Building The Sauna
How the sauna is built is the first key to an environmentally friendly sauna bath. This includes insulation, ventilation, materials, and the size of the sauna. The higher quality of insulation used, the less energy output that will be required to heat the sauna. This will also keep your home in good condition. Good ventilation will keep the sauna itself, especially any wood work, in better condition. The ventilation will also provide sauna bathers with fresh air that breathes easy. Done correctly, a good ventilation system will maximize energy efficiency.
It is worth taking a little time to discuss the materials used to build the sauna. There are different wood species and other materials that can be used in your sauna. Stones have the tendency to hold more heat so they can be a great way to maximize energy efficiency. Not only should you pay attention to moisture resistance, heating properties, and other qualities, but the materials also play a significant role in how your sauna looks. Enjoy the process of selecting great looking materials for your new sauna!
Lastly, consider the size of the sauna. The more people that may use the sauna at once will require a larger sauna. The larger the sauna the more space that will be required and the larger the space the more energy that will be required to heat the sauna. All these factors should be considered while building an environmentally friendly sauna.
The next key to an eco-friendly sauna is the heater. First, the decision must be made between an electric heater or fire. Which one will fit your sauna needs better and which one would you enjoy more? Next, the size of your heater will be crucial to heating your space and meeting the necessary energy output. Also, depending on what materials you chose to build your sauna could influence how much energy the heater needs to put out. Lastly, be sure that the heater will be able to handle its workload well. For example, if you intend to use the sauna often be sure the heater can always be ready to be used for bathing.
When actually taking a sauna bath it will be more efficient if more than one person baths at the same time. This way the heater is not left on as people cycle through the sauna. Be sure to keep the heat at a reasonable level not only for health and safety reasons but also to keep energy use in check. If you build a sauna with a window be sure to keep it closed while the sauna is running, otherwise the heat will escape requiring more energy to heat the sauna. Finally, if you use wood in your sauna be sure that the wood dries properly after each bath. This will extend the life of the wood. It is usually not necessary to keep the heater on after the bath. The after-heat from the bath is usually enough to dry the wood and the room.
Keep in mind what it will take maintain your sauna to maximize energy efficiency. If wood is used in the sauna, oils will be needed to take care of the wood. If stones were placed in the sauna, the stones may need to be rearranged periodically as they tend to settle over time. Also, be sure to read about how to take care of your heater. Does anything need replaced periodically? When does the heater need to be replaced? These tasks and questions should be taken care of to ensure a long life for your sauna and continued energy efficiency to maximize your enjoyment with the sauna while minimizing its impact on the environment.
A Green Sauna
Saunas can be great ways to relax and take care of your body. There are even ways to minimize its effect on the wonderful world we live in. By building the sauna efficiently, selecting an appropriate heater, and with good maintenance, you can make sure that your sauna will last and provide a great accessory to your home!
This article was written by Sam Socorro from Steam And Shower UK. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.