Saunas are known to have health benefits aside from the relaxing experience. Building a sauna at home gives you the 24/7 access to a haven or relaxation and the benefit of knowing your place is clean and infection free. A sauna may take up room and are quite costly to build but recently, they have become more affordable and easier to install. Here are some things you would need to keep in mind:
1. Choose a spot for your sauna. Any area with an average of fifty square feet would be enough. You can convert a closet, a basement, garage and an extra bathroom into your relaxation corner. Outdoor saunas are better situated near swimming pools like in a shed or an outdoor shower. In choosing a place, take note of the cost that you have to pay extra for plumbing and electricity wiring.
2. Construct the walls, floor and ceiling for your sauna. 2 by 4 wood beams would be great materials for all the room’s sides. Make sure to leave space under the floor and above the ceiling for wiring. Insulate your sauna with the conventional 15″ wide fiberglass insulation baths. Insulation rating of your sauna walls must be 13 to preserve heat while the ceiling should have a rating of 22 to 26. You can also cover the exterior of you sauna with cedar since it a hardwood that can withstand high temperatures.
3. While creating the walls, make sure to include at least two vents. One should be directly above the heater to reduce the risk of hazardous fumes. The other one may be installed on the other side from the first one to ensure proper air circulation inside. This will ensure you have evenly dispersed heat and enough oxygen inside.
4. You can install a window aside from the door which acts as the biggest vent. Sauna doors open out and must be properly fitted into the frame to prevent heat loss. Sauna doors are available from most sauna vendors.
5. A stove is essential to generate heat. You can have a stove that generates heat through burning of wood. This type usually needs 60 to 90 minutes of a head start before you feel the desired temperature. Burning wood is also tedious and may become hazardous because of the smoke and fumes. Electric stoves take only half the time to generate enough heat. They come in different sizes and different wattage depending on the type and size. Sing a gas-operated stove is less expensive than the electric and safer than wood burning. This is easy to maintain but you have to check for carbon monoxide production since this type of air molecule is dangerous when inhaled in large amounts.
6. The seats for a sauna must be constructed using cedar planks. The seats are usually styled like a bunker bed stacked up on top of each other and the length must be enough for someone to stretch out. The sauna size will be your gauge the seating capacity that you can install.
Creating a sauna for your own home is an investment that you would surely appreciate as you grow older.