Sauna Electric Heaters

In the modern world, electric heaters for the sauna are the most common by far. Quick and easy to hook up, no need for a gas line, and they do not have the mess associated with the traditional wood burning heaters. Building your sauna will also be easier as there is no need for a chimney, which will also make them more efficient as there is no heat loss in a well insulated room. This savings in your utility bill can add up in the long run. They also get up to temperature much faster than a wood burner and are easy to switch off when not in use. Generally, the sauna heater will include rocks or stone with purchase, although for some models you may have to purchase these individually. Less pricey models may heat metal rather than stone, but do not hold the heat for as long so are less efficient.

Outdoor Saunas

Having a sauna in the backyard is becoming more and more common as a desirable option for homeowners. They can be built fairly easy even on an existing slab. There are kits available, and pressure treated lumber can be used rather than cedar to cut costs. When selecting a heater for your outdoor sauna, you are going to want to add a kilowatt or two to the size of the unit, depending on the size of the area. This will ensure that it will still be usable even during the winter months. Be sure to choose a model with easy to use variable controls, as too much heat will overheat the air while your benches will still be too cold for comfort. There is also the option of purchasing a radiant floor heater to help fight against the cold permafrost outside during the winter.

Indoor Sauna Electric Heaters

If your sauna is indoors, the savings you get from not having to purchase a larger unit should be applied to style and function. An advantage to an electric heater is that there is no need to install a chimney through the roof of your home. Infrared is by far the most common electric sauna heater, but they all work by heating stone or rock up to the desired temperature. Usually this is around 100 degrees Celsius right at the temperature that water begins to boil.

Sauna Heater Installation

It is of utmost importance that the electric heater be installed by a qualified professional. Remember that this unit will be operating in a wet environment. Most if not all will require a new breaker in order to deliver the proper amount of electricity. The proper gauge of wire must also be used, as too small of wiring will become hot and could pose a fire hazard. Almost all of these style of units will require 220Vac. There are some 110Vac models out there though they are typically not of the same quality. In some cases for an indoor sauna that seats no more than two, a small heater would suffice.

No matter your choice, use as a general guide that 45 cubic feet will require one kilowatt of power for your heater.

Sauna Electric Heaters