Electrical Safety – A Core Necessity in an Infrared Sauna

by on January 9, 2013

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.

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