Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional Saunas

Traditional Commercial Sauna vs. Infrared

When researching sauna equipment for a commercial facility, you will come across various options and may wonder if you should go with a traditional sauna or an infrared sauna. 

Sauna technology has come a long way since the days of ladles, water and hot rocks in a musky locker room.  To help you make an informed decision, we have broken down the main differences and factors to consider.

Heating Technology

Traditional saunas heat the air using hot rocks or steam at temperatures in excess of 200°F. The hot air makes contact with the user’s skin which creates a surface sweat as the body tries to cool itself. The high temperatures may feel good to some for a short period of time, others find the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe. The average person should only stay in a traditional sauna for fifteen to twenty minutes max.

Infrared heat is very gentle. The experience is similar to lying in the sun on a warm day and feeling the heat radiate to the core of your body. Since infrared heats the body directly and increases core body temperature, the temperature does not to be that hot. In fact, the cooler the surface area of the heater, the more far infrared energy will be produced. The optimal temperature for an infrared sauna session is 100°F to 130°F which is comfortable for thirty minutes or more.

Health Benefits

Heat therapy, in general, can be very relaxing. There are studies that link traditional saunas to cardiovascular benefits. According to a 20-year study, sitting in a sauna four to seven times a week can make you 63% less likely to suffer a sudden fatal cardiac event. 

The subjects who sat in a sauna for more than 19 minutes at a time multiple times weekly were 52% less likely to fall victim to sudden cardiac death than were those who only stayed for 11 minutes each time. However, there will be a number of people that cannot withstand the high temperatures. 

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Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits. As the self-care movement gains momentum, the evolution of infrared saunas has landed sauna therapy at the top of wellness trends. 

According to Bloomberg, the growing demand driven by celebrities and influencers has created a new industry of sauna studios that serve up infrared sauna treatments.

Sunlighten’s infrared technology was driven by science and designed for the most therapeutic results.

Sunlighten sauna users experience numerous benefits including:

Operation & Maintenance

Maintenance of a traditional steam sauna can be extensive with the risk of mold and mildew if you are not vigilant about maintaining it. Traditional sauna heaters also require a lot of power to heat a full sauna room. With a 45 minute warm up time, traditional saunas consume twice the energy of an infrared sauna.

Infrared saunas run on the same wattage as a blow dryer and will cost little to run monthly: typically 15 to 35 cents per hour. This varies with the model and local utility cost. Your utility company can help you understand a more exact per hour cost if needed.

Sunlighten’s patented Solocarbon infrared heaters are antibacterial, anti-mold, and anti-germ. Simply keep the unit on for 10-15 minutes between clients to kill any germs or odors from the previous client. 

Clients should sit on a Bamboo Carbon towel to absorb sweat and keep the sauna clean. Once the client is finished, a staff member will use Sunlighten’s natural sauna cleaner to spray the bench down and dry with a clean cloth.

Client Experience

The most important question to consider when choosing equipment for your business is how do you want clients to feel as they leave. 

  • What will get them to book their next appointment? 
  • What type of experience will they rave to their friends about? 
  • What results will get them coming back again and again?

The answer to this is clear. A sauna session should not be something you have to push yourself to complete. An extremely hot environment can make you anxious for the session to end and likely to stop short. 

Users love a Sunlighten infrared sauna treatment because it provides a comfortable, gentle heat that is enjoyable for the entire session. An extremely hot environment can make your clients anxious for the treatment to end. 

With Sunlighten infrared, they will leave feeling invigorated, light, energized, and wanting to come back for more.

Sunlighten is an addiction you can feel good about.​

How to Choose the Right IR Sauna for Your Business

Sunlighten Infrared Saunas Traditional Saunas
Heating Technology Infrared heater panels, LED arrays Hot Rocks or Steam Heating Unit
Type of Heat Dry, Gentle, Radiant Extreme, Harsh, Dry or Humid
Operating Temperature 110-130℉ 180-210℉
Health Benefits Detoxification, Pain Relief, Heart Health, Weight Loss, Relaxation, Anti-Aging, Cell Health Heart health, relaxation
Maintenance Minimal Extensive
Warm Up Time 30 minutes 45-60 minutes
Energy Cost $40 a month $80 a month
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