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What are the plumbing requirements for saunas?

A permanent water supply is not required and under no circumstances should a water tap be placed directly over the heater. A sauna bucket and dipper or spray bottle is the preferred method for applying water to the sauna rocks.

How should the sauna be drained?

While in commercial saunas there is a drain in center of floor area to facilitate cleaning, most residential saunas do not have drains. Water should only be used in moderation; enough to splash on the rocks and let it evaporates.

What is the recommended height of saunas?

The standard height for a sauna is 82 1ž2”.This is more than sufficient to allow for a standard two-tier bench. This height is the most efficient as it limits the cubic area and it keeps the warmest air closer to the sauna users.


Safety Questions

What are some safety precautions for a sauna?

All heaters are equipped with a thermostat to regulate the temperature and a 60 minute timer to automatically shut down the sauna. There is also a built-in high temperature cutoff to prevent overheating.

How much ventilation is required?

While there is very little condensation from a sauna, ventilation is not necessary but having the right cross ventilation makes the sauna experience even more enjoyable. We undercut our saunas by 1” for fresh air intake.

What type of flooring should be used in a sauna?

Tile is attractive and functional; however, it is also acceptable to have a concrete, PVC waterproof flooring or removable “duckboard” cedar floor. Whatever flooring you choose, we recommend non-slip flooring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are a sauna and a steam bath one and the same?

A sauna is a high heat, low humidity environment and should not be confused with a steam bath where a generator produces steam and the humidity is high. Interior ambient humidity in a home is general 30-40% whereas the humidity in a sauna is between 10-20%. While when water is added over the sauna rocks there is a blast of steam and the humidity increases, it dissipates immediately. This is because the sauna heater is actually baking the air in the sauna and the water makes the air more breathable.

What does it cost to operate a sauna?

Saunas are very inexpensive to operate. Temperature is irrelevant; the cost of electricity is based strictly on time usage.  A residential sauna on for about an hour a day with a 6-kilowatt heater would cost 40-50 cents for electricity (based on 7-9 cents per kilowatt hour).