Saunas are one of the most popular lifestyle items today that are basically health items. There are two primary kinds of saunas that get used by people.

The first of the two types is the traditional steam sauna. This is a small room designed specifically for producing steam and letting people experience sessions of exposure to this steam. The traditional steam sauna had originated in Finland, and subsequently got adapted in many other countries. The steam saunas operate by producing steam (water vapor) at high temperature conditions (70-100 degrees Celsius). So the heat is originated from the warming up of the air inside the sauna.

However, steam saunas have a few drawbacks. A steam sauna is hot inside – it needs to generate a lot of heat to produce the desirable amount of  sweat. This makes the interiors of the steam saunas uncomfortable. Steam does not penetrate deep inside the human skin, so it does not perform deep cleansing or adequate detoxification of the body. A steam sauna needs a lot of space – a large room – to be built. And once built, it cannot be moved anywhere else – it is simply fixed – unless the steam room by itself is mobile.

With advancement in technology, the other type of sauna – namely, the infrared sauna – emerged. In an infrared sauna, there is no steam involved. The heat and temperature is generated using infrared rays. These rays are focused in such a manner that the people inside an infrared sauna will have the infrared rays penetrating their bodies. And these rays will deeply penetrate the skin, thereby leading to deep cleansing and significant detoxification. And along with that, these saunas are smaller in size and can be moved from one place to another much more easily compared to steam saunas. As a result, with each passing day, infrared saunas are outselling the conventional steam saunas.

The heat that is generated by a high quality infrared sauna will be produced in such a way that it is available in all the 360 degrees in a uniform manner. The uniform distribution of the generated heat will ensure that no part of the body is over-exposed to the infrared heat, and thereby avoid any possible burn and patch on the skin. There are a number of types of heaters available for producing infrared rays. The heaters include alloy rods, ceramic heaters and carbon heaters including organic carbon panels.

Carbon panel heaters happen to be the most effective ones among the lot. It is easy to see that one would want the infrared heat to reach the body uniformly and from all directions, in order to make the heat distribution even and well-balanced. Infrared saunas with organic carbon panel fibers surrounding all the 360 degrees of the sauna walls are the ones best suited to meet this requirement.

To generate uniform heat, the organic carbon fiber panels need to be present all around the sauna. Electricity needs to be passed through the entire body of the sauna in order to achieve this – the electrical power is the source of the entire infrared heat generated inside the sauna. This leads us to understand how the users of infrared saunas stand exposed to electrical power. Unless electrical safety is maintained in a robust manner and at an adequately high quality, the infrared sauna users will remain vulnerable to all the possible dangers that electricity can cause. And this holds true for both the types of infrared saunas – the far infrared sauna as well as the near infrared sauna.

The key question here is: how does a new buyer of an infrared sauna protect oneself from a possible mistake of purchasing a sauna with some dire electrical issue? There is no easy answer to this because one can never hope to look at an infrared sauna and determine, with naked eyes, whether the sauna is vulnerable to potential electrical safety hazards. So while you choose your infrared sauna, you need to take extra precautions and measures to ensure that you get an infrared sauna that is free from life-threatening potential electrical hazards.

One of the most certain ways is to choose saunas with safety certificates. There are two kinds of certificates that you would want to look at. One would be an overall certificate for the quality of the sauna. A certificate by renowned bodies like ISO or RoHS will be great. These bodies will issue quality certificates only if they perceive the sauna to be of sufficiently high quality by their tests. If they do not perceive the sauna to be of high enough quality, they will refrain from certifying and thereby protect the brand names that they would associate themselves with (which is what makes ISO, RoHS etc. bodies to be great authorities to be certified by).

Another kind of certification would be specifically for the electrical parts. There are some electrical certificate specialty organizations, ETL being arguably the most noteworthy one. ETL stands for Electrical Testing Laboratories (nowadays part of Intertek Testing Services), which is a prestigious organization in its own rights. For the European countries, CE is a great certification standard, and that holds true for infrared saunas also. The CE certificate testifies products (including saunas) to be compliant with the European standards for health and safety. It is mandatory for infrared saunas to be sold legally in Europe. A CE certified infrared sauna can be sold legally within the entire European Union. Practically, a CE certified sauna is always something great to have in other countries such as the USA or Canada also – one more certification of such high standards can only help.

No certification on earth can ever prove any infrared sauna, or any other device for that matter, to be failure-proof. However, receiving certifications from multiple bodies of high standards does minimize the probability of being vulnerable to many problems. So, when considering electrical safety of your infrared sauna, you would rather prefer to choose the makes and models that have received at least one or possibly more of these certificates.

Failing to identify electrically safe saunas is one of the key mistakes that the first-time buyers of infrared saunas tend to make. So, last but never the least, make it a point to research sufficiently before you choose to get a sauna at your home. You would never, ever, want to make basic mistakes like ignoring electrical safety considerations (something that ought to be a part of the sauna design), and thereby expose yourself and possibly your family to potential life risk.

This CWGLive report discusses in detail the nine key mistakes that first-time sauna buyers tend to make, including all the other eight key mistakes in addition to the electrical safety hazard issue.

Infrared saunas are meant to product heat. This heat is expected to be produced in form of infrared rays. These rays would in turn penetrate deeply inside the body of the person enjoying the sauna session. And eventually the heat will create the sweat and lead to the entire set of benefits that are expected from an infrared sauna session.

So clearly, unless you get a sauna with a heater that can create just the right amount of heat, you would not be in a great shape to make the very best bang out of the buck you invest towards getting your infrared sauna. The heater needs to be an excellent one for all practical purposes.

First time buyers of infrared saunas often miss the above fact. Their lack of experience in analyzing and understanding infrared saunas with appropriate depth in knowledge and authority often makes them vulnerable to inflated sales pitches. So in other words, they would often enough be victims of sellers of infrared saunas with the most absurd claims possible. And then, depending upon how bad a sauna they were sold, they would end up either blaming their sauna or cursing the manufacturer of the sauna. Little would they realize what they would miss by not making an educated choice right in the first place.

How can one identify the right heater for their sauna? How can a sauna heater be classified as good or bad? More often than not, the real difference will lie in the material that the heater of the sauna is manufactured of. This will determine the intensity and amount of heat that the sauna will be capable of giving out. And that in turn will make the sauna earn a label of good versus not-to-good.

There are a number of types of heaters around. The quality of these heaters range right from top-notch to horrible. The problem of using a low-quality heater is that it will take an extremely long time to heat up the sauna, and in the worst case the heating may not be sufficient. However, with a good-quality heater, this problem will be easily eliminated. So bad, inefficient heaters will end up making you waste significant amounts of ineffective time in order to produce equivalent results of good, efficient heaters.

The far infrared heaters, the core building blocks of the heaters of infrared saunas, can be made up of a number of different materials. Here are some  of the elements below.

(a) Steel Rod Heaters (Incoloy): Heat emitters use reflector tray to compensate for most of the infrared rays flowing away from your body. But a significant portion of the infrared heat does not travel far enough to penetrate inside your body, especially after getting weakened because of the collision with the reflector trays. As a result, the sauna will develop internal hot spots (leading to a horrible experience of uneven heating) and an overall bad all-round heat coverage. It is strongly recommendable to avoid steel rod heaters.

(b) Ceramic Rods/Tubes: This is often the biggest point of confusion for inexperienced sauna buyers. Avoid ceramic rod heating at any cost no matter how much cheaper the sauna is – it is better to keep your money and not buy a ceramic sauna than spend your money on a bad sauna and harm your body. Ceramic saunas are cheap to manufacture and dreadful for your body. They are produced in lots as they are cheap to manufacture, making it easy for the seller to earn large percentage profits. The innocent first-time buyers are lured to these saunas as they get attracted by the low price tag, little realizing the devil that sleeps peacefully inside. Once again, avoid ceramic rod/tube based infrared sauna at any cost – the technology is completely outdated these days, and you don’t want red burn spots on your body.

(c) Carbon Fibre Sprayed Panels of Fiberglass: These are most often poor imitations of full-fledged carbon panels. They are thin, producing weak signals and lasting lesser. The panels are small and insufficient in number. Your body does not receive the desired heat. These are better than ceramic rod/tube based heating and steel rod heater based heating, but better avoided as the benefits of these heaters are not high enough.

(d) The ideal choice is Organic Carbon Fibre Panels: This is what you would want to choose. The carbon panels used here are large, thick and 100% organic flexible. The state-of-the-art Carbon Wave 360 technology with panels made of 20 proprietary minerals has been independently tested to provide an efficiency figure of 95% in emitting 8-10 micron strong signals (8-10 microns is the wavelength you would want for ideal penetration). The surface area coverage is maximal and the infrared energy absorption factor for your body is the best. Always prefer a high-quality sauna that will have heating panels 360 degree around you covering all around you. Prefer large front bench and floor panels. This will give you the maximum benefits in the shortest time period.

Clearly, organic carbon fibre panel based infrared saunas ought to be your choice. Carbon Wave 360 saunas are well-equipped to achieve the goal that any ideal sauna ought to have: to heat your body all round in a uniform manner. These heaters will generate infrared rays at the right wavelength (8-10 micron) that will give you the ideal penetration. So this is the right choice of heaters for your infrared sauna in order to enjoy the maximum possible benefits.

The free PDF CWGLive report lists down 9 critical mistakes that first-time infrared sauna buyers tend to make, one of them being the mistake of buying a far infrared sauna with an inappropriate type of heater fitted.

In order to read the entire list of mistakes, read the free CWGLive PDF report: get it  here.