We’re hearing a lot in the media lately about electromagnetic fields (EMF), usually in relation to mobile phones. And, from time to time, we get a question about whether Sunlighten infrared saunas (or infrared saunas in general) produce high EMF levels. The short answer is no but the EMF question is worth talking about here.
Infrared saunas heat your body directly (as opposed to the air around you) by emitting infrared radiant heat. The waves, similar to those produced by the sun, penetrate and heat your body. The infrared waves are safe – used even to heat newborn babies at the hospital.
But what about EMF? Despite extensive research over the past 20 years, the health risk caused by EMF exposure remains an open question. Two national research organizations (the National Research Council and the National Institute of Health) have looked at the studies and have concluded that there is not strong evidence that EMF exposures pose a health risk. However, other studies suggest otherwise.
Although the current scientific evidence provides no definitive answers regarding EMF, there is enough uncertainty that some people want to reduce their exposure to EMF.
EMF is everywhere in our homes and offices. The electrical appliances we use (an electric can opener at close range emits substantial EMFs), computers, monitors, keyboards and mice, wireless modems, cordless phones, clock radios, hair dryers, mobile phones, microwave ovens and more – all produce EMFs. Thos who live near high-voltage power lines have an even higher potential exposure.
The EMF (electromagnetic field) levels of Sunlighten saunas are well below the threshold of what is generally considered safe, and in fact, produce less EMF than a standard hair dryer. The EMF attributable to a hair dryer at 6″ away is about 300 mG. Our saunas have been measured between 0 and 10 mG. (EMFs are measured in units called milligauss (mG).)
If you are concerned at all about EMF, the EMF-cancelling technology found in our mPulse saunas reduces EMF to our lowest level yet.
Should you have any questions at all about EMF and Sunlighten infrared saunas, please give us a call. One of our team members would be happy to discuss all of this further with you!