IR sauna cost less to operate. This is again a myth that needs to be addressed. Heat energy is heat energy and they both cost the same to produce. However, because IR sauna is like a light bulb, the closer you are to the source the better. Therefore, IR sauna rooms are generally much smaller than a traditional sauna room. Because they are smaller in size the bodies are closer to the heaters and as such, they don’t require the same amount of power to heat the smaller room. If you put a traditional sauna heater in a small IR sauna room you could significantly reduce the heater power to heat the room. So ultimately it is the smaller size of the room that requires less energy to heat.
So why an IR sauna heater? IR heaters have become popular for sauna bathers that prefer a lower temperature sauna. Just like the sun light, you tend to feel hotter in direct sunlight than in the shade, even if the air temperature is identical. So IR heaters have become popular to bathers that previously did not like the high temperature of a sauna room. Generally, a IR sauna room operates at 120-140 F where a traditional sauna room operates at 140-170 F. or more.
Try before you buy. If you like saunas chances are you will not like an IR sauna. The heat level is less and there is no moisture created by adding water to the rocks, and the rooms are generally very small. However, if you have always wanted to enjoy the health benefits of a sauna but found the heat too uncomfortable then maybe an IR sauna room might be right for you. Many health clubs are now offering both IR and Traditional sauna heaters which is a perfect place to determine what type of sauna room is right for you? Remember what you read on the web is not always 100% accurate. Keep an open mind do your research and talk to people who use both to determine what is right for you. If you are undecided then consider buying a hybrid sauna heater which is one that uses both IR and Traditional heaters at the same time to provide one of the world’s most effective and beneficial sauna heating systems.