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Frequently Asked Sauna Questions

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SAUNA USAGE TIPS

What is the appropriate temperature for a sauna?
Temperature range depends on user's preference but is typically between 150 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the higher you sit in a sauna (upper bench versus lower bench), the hotter the temperature will be.

How long should I stay in the sauna?
Use common sense as to what feels comfortable. Typically, stay in the sauna for 10-15 minutes, step out and cool off, then return to the sauna for another "inning." Repeat as desired. Don't overdo it. Set the temperature and humidity level to your comfort level. If you begin to feel uncomfortable, leave the sauna and cool off. Always consult physician if concerned.

Can I pour water on the rocks on Finnleo's heaters?
Yes, absolutely. Not only is it okay, it is an essential part of the sauna experience.

What should I do after my sauna?
Take a shower or bath to cleanse your skin of salts and residues left behind. A cool rinse will close your pores and leave you feeling refreshed. Don't forget to moisturize your hair and skin with a quick shampoo and a lotion rubdown. Drink water, mineral water, fruit or vegetable juice to replace lost fluids.

What if I fall asleep in my sauna?
Each Finnleo sauna heater has a built in timer which will automatically shut the sauna heater off (unless using a commercial unit which is on all day).

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SAUNA HEALTH BENEFITS

What about health problems?
Consult your physician if you have a history of heart problems, high blood pressure or other health concerns.

What is the #1 most common benefit mentioned by sauna users?
Relaxation.

Does using a sauna help me lose weight?
A typical sauna session can burn up to 300 calories*. This will cause your body to lose water which may result in a temporary weight loss. (*Richard B. Pearce, PhD, Sauna vs Steam, SHAPE, February 1987)

Can a sauna cure a cold?
Probably not but it's certainly a help. Since the body relies on heat to fight off viruses, many people have experienced a greater sense of well-being by "sweating out" their cold.

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SAUNA CONSTRUCTION

Does the sauna need a drain?
No, it is not necessary, but it may be more convenient for cleaning purposes.

Why are saunas only recommended to be 7' in height?
Since heat rises, it is recommended to build a sauna no higher than 7' in height to avoid heating up wasted space.

What kind of floor is appropriate in a sauna?
Cement, tile, some vinyls - anything that will not absorb water and is easy to clean periodically. Never use carpet.

How do I determine the size of the sauna heater needed?
Multiply the room length, by the width and by the height to calculate the cubic footage. Then find the correct heater on the Finnleo heater sizing chart.

What makes a Finnleo sauna heater different than others?
The Finnleo sauna heater is constructed with triple wall stainless steel. Many other brands use 2 walls or use other materials such as galvanized aluminum. Also, the Finnleo heater offers one of the largest rock capacities of any heater on the market. This allows for a more efficient heat and a softer steam when water is poured over the rocks.

What types of rocks are best for sauna usage?
Rocks should be an igneous form of rock. In this family of rocks would be peridotite, olivine and vulcanite. Finnleo uses vulcanite because it is the cleanest, has a large surface area and has less mineral deposits. Smooth river rocks are unsafe for sauna usage and should not be used.

Why do you recommend Nordic White Spruce and Abachi?
Together, these two woods make your sauna a beautiful, low-maintenance haven. Nordic White Spruce is tight-grained and creates a clean, spacious, contemporary look. When heated, it emits a subtle forest scent. It resists staining, discoloration and odor absorption. Abachi, a light wood that remains comfortable to the touch at high temperatures, resists staining and will not splinter. The combination gives a light and airy feeling to the room. The heat reflects off the walls as opposed to being absorbed into them.

What is the average cost to operate?
Though rates vary by region and climate, a 6 kW heater will cost about $4/month when used 3 times per week. A 2.1 kW heater would use about $1.50/month.

What is the average heat-up time for a sauna?
A sauna typically heats up in 30-45 minutes when the heater is properly sized. During this time period the rocks will be properly heated - for soft heat and soft steam - and the wood interior will be comfortably heated, too. (Note...outdoor saunas in cold climates or during winter may take longer to heat up. Saunas heat up to 100 degrees in an hour).

What ventilation is needed for a sauna?
It is recommended to have a cool air intake under the sauna heater as well as an air circulation vent on an opposite or adjacent wall. The air circulation vent should be located beneath the top bench to avoid heat escaping. When the air circulation vent is open, the sauna will have up to 6 air rotations per hour.

What is needed to place a sauna outdoors?

  1. a place to put it
  2. a non-moisture absorbing surface
  3. electrical power
  4. a covered patio or a pitched roof for sauna
  5. recommended to treat the exterior of sauna
For outdoor use, Finnleo offers the Sisu or Patio Series saunas with roof kits or the Outdoor Saunas in the "Metro" or "Lakes" design.

What other size saunas do you have?
The Sisu and Custom Cut saunas are available in any shape or size. The Designer Series saunas may also be modified into different sizes if needed.

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