Now that you have decided to enhance your overall health and wellness with an infrared sauna, how do you decide which one to purchase? Although the sauna selection process may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be.

SIZE MATTERS

Will it just be you or will others be enjoying the sauna as well? Some infrared saunas only accommodate one person at a time. These models may work well if you are looking for a private sanctuary, but can be limiting if used for more than one person. The sanctuary models overall are bigger than the Premier models.

CHOOSE THE LOCATION

Measure the location where the sauna will be placed. What are the dimensions of the allotted space and is there an electrical outlet nearby?

WOOD CHOICE

Infrared saunas can be composed of various types of wood. Durable wood choices like Red Canadian cedar is a premium sauna selection and should be preferred over materials such as plywood. Cedar, in particular is highly resistant to splitting and shrinking.

It also has antifungal properties. For those with multiple chemical sensitivities, Basswood is great choice; as it is hypoallergenic.

HEATERS

Ceramic heaters represent the original infrared sauna heater and have been around for many years. They can get much hotter than a carbon heater and have a longer warm up time to reach their optimal temperature. They are also challenged when providing an even room temperature and often create hot or cold areas. The surface area of these heaters can get quite hot and produce a relatively short infrared wavelength so will not offer as much benefit as a carbon based heater.

Carbon heaters are thin, light, and provide an even and safe surface temperature and they can last up to 50 years! One of the most distinctive features of a carbon heater is its ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the sauna. It heats up quickly (in about 10 minutes) which results in a less expensive energy bill, yet they are not as hot as a ceramic heater when touched.

Carbon heaters produce a longer infrared wave and will be more in tune with the human body. Clearlight Saunas uses Carbon/Ceramic infrared sauna heaters to offer the best of both worlds. The Clearlight True Wave II infrared sauna heater provides the long beneficial waves of a carbon heater and the high output of a ceramic heater combined into one heater.

Make sure your infrared sauna has heaters all around you. Many companies do not use front wall heaters in their saunas. All Clearlight Saunas have heaters on the back wall, front wall, side walls, under the bench, by your calves and in the floor. You are surrounded by infrared heat.

WAVELENGTHS

Clearlight offers far infrared which is the Premier model or Full Spectrum which is the Sanctuary model.

FAR INFRARED

Far infrared waves penetrate our body to activate the sweat glands. The sweat glands offer one of only a few mechanisms that the body has to eliminate toxins and since the skin is the largest organ in the human body it is apparently a very good means for elimination. Bring the benefits of an infrared sauna into your home with a Clearlight infrared sauna.

When far infrared waves are applied to water molecules (comprising 70% of our body) these molecules begin to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds and the eventual breakdown of the water molecules causes encapsulated gasses and other toxic materials to be released.

FULL SPECTRUM

Full spectrum refers to the entire infrared spectrum: near infrared, mid infrared and far infrared. With the addition of near and mid infrared, you will get the maximum benefit from your Clearlight sauna.

Near Infrared is the shortest wavelength and will be absorbed just below the surface of the skin creating a sweat that promotes healing and revitalization.

Mid infrared is a longer wavelength that can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue increasing circulation, releasing oxygen to reach injured areas.

Far infrared is the longest wavelength which penetrates the fat cells causing vasodilation, where the fat cells vibrate to expel toxins, resulting in the greatest levels of detoxification and stimulate your metabolism to aid in weight-loss

THINK SAFETY

Most far infrared sauna users are looking to improve health, making safety an important consideration when deciding what sauna to buy. When purchasing an infrared sauna, it is crucial to consider the Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Electric Fields (ELF). The EPA has put in place a 3mG (milligauss) safety limit for EMF levels for human exposure. Where you are sitting in the a Clearlight Saunas, the readings all pass and are 3mG and lower

QUALITY

Look for the highest quality and craftsmanship possible during your sauna selection process. This will ensure you are making a solid investment in a sauna that is built to last.

Here are a few important quality factors to consider:
• No VOC glues should be used to ensure there is no unhealthy outgassing.
• A timer to monitor your sessions.
• Kiln-dried/air dried, fine-grain wood construction to minimize warping and cracking and to offer a beautiful look.

An even heat that radiates from all areas of the sauna to ensure a consistent temperature throughout and infrared heat over your entire body.

CHROMOTHERAPY & SOUND SYSTEM

Are you interested in light therapy? How about an audio system? There are a variety of entertainment options that are included to your infrared sauna to make your experience more exciting and customized to your taste.

Most companies charge an extra fee for Chromotherapy, where Clearlight includes this amazing feature at no additional cost.

IN CONCLUSION

The considerations may seem endless when shopping for the right infrared sauna. Using these sauna selection tips as you start your search can help you make an informed decision in no time! Taking the time to research the specific models, materials, and companies ahead of time will ensure you find a reputable infrared sauna company and the right sauna for you.

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Julie Bishop, RDH

Hi, I am Julie Bishop, a mother to an awesome daughter named Mackenzie. I reside in Cincinnati, OH and I help others heal and feel whole again. I have guided many people for healing through an awesome detoxification protocol, infrared therapy, and practicing a holistic lifestyle. I want my journey to be an inspiration for you.

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