FAQ – Infrared Sauna

What is Infrared?

Infrared (IR) radiation is electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength longer than that of visible light, but shorter than that of radio waves. The radiation penetrates the body and heats through a process called conversion, instead of heating the air around you. Infrared light, as radiated by the sun, lies between the Visible and Microwave sectors of the electromagnetic spectrum.

What is an Infrared Sauna?

An infrared sauna is a sauna that heats its occupants with heaters that emit far infrared radiant heat. Unlike traditional Finnish Saunas, infrared saunas do not use steam, (which heats the air, and thereby the user) but instead use infrared radiation to directly heat the user. In an infrared sauna, the infrared heater produces radiant energy, which is the same as the heat from the sun, only without the harmful ultraviolet rays. Most of these heaters draw on technology developed in 1965 by Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical. The experience of a far infrared sauna is similar to sunbathing, which gives you the radiant heat that is all your own. The far infrared heat penetrates your skin, giving you that wonderful natural warmth. Unlike sunbathing, Infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe. You can relax in a far infrared sauna and it will never cause your skin to burn. Far infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things. In fact, far infrared heat is so safe it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

Are Far Infrared Saunas safe to use?

Infrared saunas use safe and effective radiant heat just like the sun’s soothing warmth. Radiant heat is more efficient because it warms you, not the air around you. Your body directly absorbs as much as 93% of the heat generated by our Carbon Fiber heaters. Far infrared radiation (FIR) is considered harmless for human. Infrared heaters are even used to heat premature babies in hospitals incubators. But some people with certain illnesses and conditions should not use an infrared sauna or should use it with great caution. The infrared radiant waves penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of over one and one half inches. Its energy output is tuned to correspond very closely to the body’s own radiant energy that our bodies generate.
At what tempearature should I have my sauna?
The recommended temperature is between 120 and 140 F. We do not recommend setting it much higher than 130. This goes for any infrared saunas from any manufacturer.

How hot will the sauna get?

Your Infrared sauna operating temperature will vary depends on the room temperature. Generally speaking, if the room temperature is over 64°F the operating temperature should be between 122-140°F. The sizes of the saunas play a major role in how fast the sauna can reach certain temperature. Average pre heating time is 30-45 minutes, while a 4 person corner unit could take a little bit longer than a 2 person sauna. The ideal temperature for an infrared sauna is between 110°F to 130°F. Remember, temperature is not important; the fact that you are receiving far infrared heat is.

How long should I sit in a sauna?

Not exceeding 40 minutes at a time.

Can my children use the sauna?

If they are supervised at all times, yes. The sauna can get very hot and people, especially little ones, can become dehydrated. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE AN INFRARED SAUNA UNSUPERVISED.

How much electricity does a sauna use?

You can operate an infrared sauna for just a few cents per session. They are quite energy efficient.

How does the air ionizer work?

O3: emits O3 to kill Bactria in the air. When you turn this on, it will change automatically into Ion after 15 minutes. We recommend this setting before and after using the sauna.

Ion: this setting traps and kill Bactria inside the ionizer, we recommend using this setting while using the sauna.

What heaters does your sauna have?

Our saunas feature Carbon-fiber heaters. Carbon-fiber heater is an upgraded technology that emits more even heat distribution at a lower air temperature which means you can lean up against the heaters and even burn yourself. This is not the case with ceramic heaters which can get too hot to touch. Carbon fiber heaters have a low surface temperature and 95% of the energy is converted into infrared since they never get too hot

When ceramic heaters get too hot, a lot of energy will be converted into light (when they glow red) which reduces the infrared rays. That’s why most ceramic heaters have an emission rate of about 60%.

What contraindications does a sauna have?

  • If you have a disease, be certain to consult with a primary-care physician concerning it.
  • If you are using any prescription drugs, check with your physician or pharmacist for any possible change in the drug’s effect due to any interaction with infrared energy.
  • It is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature in someone with adrenal suppression and systemic lupus erythematosus or multiple sclerosis, by some authorities.
  • If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contra-indicated in cases of enclosed infections be they dental, in joints or in any other tissues.
  • If you are pregnant or suspect you may be, discontinue your sauna use. Finnish women use their saunas, which don’t throw heat as deeply into the body, for only 6~12 minutes and reportedly leave at that time, due to perceived discomfort. Their usage at this low level of intensity is not linked to birth defects. Infrared Thermal System usage may be 2~3 times more intense, and comparatively shorter 2~6 minute sessions hardly seem worth any minimal risk they may present.
  • Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared rays and thus are not heated by this system, nevertheless you should consult your surgeon prior to using Infrared Thermal System. Certainly, the usage of Infrared Thermal System must be discontinued if you experience pain near any such implants. Silicone does absorb infrared energy. Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed by the infrared rays. Since silicone melts at over 200°C (392°F), it should not be adversely affected by the usage of Infrared Thermal System. It is still advised that you check with your surgeon and possibly a representative from the product manufacture to be certain.
  • Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow. Once a woman is aware that this may occur, she can choose to allow herself to possible experience this short term effect without worry or to simply avoid Infrared Thermal System usage at that time of her cycle.
  • Hemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to hemorrhage should avoid Infrared Thermal System usage or any type of heating that would induce vasodilatation, which can potentate the tendency to bleed.
  • Obviously, should any condition worsen with use of an Infrared treatment, the use of the system should be discontinued.
  • People do not experience pain using Infrared Thermal Systems unless such is contraindicated. If you do, the use of radiant heat is clearly inappropriate for you at that time.
  • DO NOT attempt to self-treat any disease with this Infrared Thermal System without direct supervision of a physician.