Having a sauna at home is great as it is and it gets even better if you build it yourself and choose to make it an eco-friendly version that will protect the environment. It might sound hard but it can actually be easy and fun if you know some simple steps to follow. To make things even easier for you, we have some tips for you so you will be able to build a sauna at home without too much hassle.
How to make sure your options are eco-friendly
It’s always best to surround yourself with items that will help you lead a healthier and cleaner life and being environmentally-conscious is a first step in taking care of the world you live in. A sauna can be a very energy-consuming item that can run up the electricity bill at home, something that is not very eco-friendly. Therefore, you must opt for the heating system that will consume the least energy. Also, it’s essential that you find the most environmentally-friendly type of wood that has not been treated with chemicals so that it will not release toxic fumes into the air when it gets into contact with the high temperatures. With these two aspects in mind, you can start building your own home sauna that will not affect the environment in any way.
Find the best type of wood
First of all, you will have to choose the materials of the frame and the interior and your main concern should be related to the quality of the wood. There are few choices that follow the guidelines because the wood selected must be highly resistant to heat, must perfectly insulate the interior, and must not emit any harmful gases into the air. Choose all-natural wood panels with no plywood added and that hasn’t been lacquered with toxic substances designed to make it more durable while making it more toxic as well. The best wood alternatives for a sauna are the Canadian Hemlock wood or cedar that are high-quality and safe types of wood that are resistant to heat and don’t create toxic emissions. You can also opt for spruce wood that is naturally resistant to heat and has a pleasant natural smell that will create a soft fragrance during the sauna session.
Opt for an infrared sauna
Once the frame is ready, you will have to decide on the type of heater you will choose. Traditional saunas work on wood-burning heaters that create heat and steam using hot stones you pour water on. This version is the most energy-efficient because it works on wood but it’s not the most eco-friendly since wood creates carbon monoxide as it burns. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your sauna, you should opt for an infrared type because it’s an energy-saving version. It’s also the most beneficial type for your overall health condition. Infrared heaters use little energy to operate and the best part is that you can install a control panel that will let you set the temperature you want the sauna to reach as well as the duration of the sauna session. These two adjustable details will guarantee that your sauna will not waste energy and that you will minimize the environmental impact.