To begin with, you may want to ask yourself few questions about the far infrared sauna heater. The most important question to ask is perhaps the surface temperature of the far infrared heater. The surface temperature is a common factor in scientific formula used to calculate infrared ray or emission.
The lower the infrared heater surface temperature, the longer and better is the infrared wave generated. Hence, if you want an effective and a good infrared heater for your far infrared sauna, look for a heater with low surface temperature. How low is low, you may ask. To be considered effective, a far infrared heater for your sauna should have a surface temperature of less than 250 degrees Celsius.
Unlike traditional steam sauna, where the heating elements raised the air temperature of the sauna room which in turn causes the user to sweat, a far infrared sauna relied on its heater to heat the body directly. Therefore, the next question to ask when choosing an infrared heater for your sauna is, does the sauna have both a front and a back heaters.
Many far infrared sauna rooms omitted the front infrared heaters because they look ugly. This causes the sauna room to lose its effectiveness. A good infrared sauna room should have both the front and the back infrared heaters. Without a front infrared heater, you cannot effectively detoxify your body. To have an effective sauna room, you need to have the heater warming both your front core and the back core.
The location where you put the infrared heater in your far infrared sauna room is also important. Far infrared heat or ray does not travel very far, and it should be strategically placed within the sauna room to ensure that the infrared ray is directed towards your body core, and not your elbow or anywhere else. The worse kind of arrangement is having the far infrared sauna heater warming only the air of the sauna room. In a small sauna room such as a 2 person sauna room, perhaps the location of the heater may not be that significant. However, in large sauna room such as a 5 person sauna room, the position of the far infrared heater plays an effective role.
There are also many far infrared sauna heaters in market which consists of just a thin, single rod with a metal reflector behind it. To have a good quality infrared heater, look for those with a large flat panel. With a large panel far infrared heater, the surface temperature will be lower, and hence emitting better infrared ray. The other advantage for choosing a flat panel infrared heater is that, the infrared ray do not need to depend on a reflector to reach your body. Having a reflected heat definitely degrades the far infrared heat.
Hence, making an effective far infrared sauna room involves more than just putting some heaters in a sauna room. The types of heater and the placement of the heater is crucial to produce an effective far infrared sauna, hence allowing its users to tap the maximum benefits of a far infrared sauna. All human beings send and receive far infrared waves. The best range of far infrared waves that is beneficial to us are those between 7 and 14 microns which are very close to the resonant frequency of water molecules. Hence, when looking for a good infrared heater for your far infrared sauna room, look for a heater that produces waves within this range.
What about the material of the far infrared heater? Free sauna information researched had shown that an effective material for far infrared heater should be made from ceramic. Be careful that some infrared heater are manufactured for industrial use, and is not necessary suitable to be made as the infrared heater for your far infrared sauna room.
Ceramic infrared emitters are also claimed to be good because they are able to provide infrared ray that could be absorbed by 80% by our body. Some of the features of a good ceramic infrared heater includes: • Highly-efficient ceramic produces far infrared wavelengths that your body will absorb directly as heat. • “Concave”-style shape provides a higher absorption. • Easy to clean, splash-proof. • Far infrared wavelengths are comfortable absorbed in the skin and in the tissues beneath the skin. • Low electromagnetic field radiation. • Highly polished infrared reflector returns 90% of the infrared energy from the rear of the emitter back into the room, resulting in almost twice the number of infrared rays available for absorption. • Estimated life 10,000 operational hours (used five times a week, it will last at least 38 years!)
In case you are wondering if far infrared heater consume a lot of energy, a far infrared heater uses about 1,000 to 1,400 watts per hour (depending on the model). To calculate how much it costs to operate the FIR heater find out how much the utility company charges for electricity in your area. However, do not forget about the benefits of sauna that you can obtain from far infrared ray.