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 an eco-friendly sauna at home without too much hassle.
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 alternative is the Canadian Hemlock wood that is a high-quality and safe type of wood that is resistant to heat and doesn’t create toxic emissions. You can also opt for cedar 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. 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.