Frequently Asked Questions about saunas


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How long will it take to build and install my sauna?
For a standard sauna, we typically count three weeks from the time you sign your quote. Extra options may add up to a week but we will let you know when we send you a quote.

What is the difference between Scandinavian pine and Canadian Hemlock?
Scandinavian pine or fir is the most common wood used in sauna construction. It is a soft wood with "knots."

Canadian Hemlock is a harder "knot-free" wood, slightly richer in colour which gives a more homogeneous and luxurious look to your sauna. It is the wood of choice for higher-grade saunas.

Do you use cedar in the construction of your saunas?
Although cedar is a beautiful, rich wood, we do not consider it suitable for the interior of a sauna. Walls or ceiling paneling made of cedar create an unpleasant odor in a hot and humid environment such as a sauna, causing respiratory problems in many people.

In addition, when exposed to a sauna's environment, the wood darkens significantly after a few months of use.

What type of wood is used for the benches?
Benches and headrests are made of Ayous (also known as Abachi, Obeche or Samba) which is a soft, very light, elastic and flexible wood. The finish is very smooth, easy to clean and comfortable to sit and lay on. In addition, it has very low heat conductivity.

Ayous bench and headrest

Our sauna floors (known as "duckboards") are also made using Ayous.

What other options exist for my sauna?
The list of options is very large since many aspects of a sauna can be customized. For example, doors can be wood with a glass pane or entirely glass, you can choose a full-length glass insert or window to let in additional light, benches can have rounded corners or be inlaid, they can be open or closed, backrests can be straight or anatomical, etc... For a complete list, please view sauna options.

Remember that selecting options could add manufacturing time to the construction of your sauna.

Should I choose an interior or exterior sauna?
Saunas Balear makes both indoor and outdoor saunas. Indoor saunas are a much more common choice (more than 9 out of every 10 saunas that we build are interior saunas). We recommend outdoor saunas only if you do not have room to build an indoor sauna or if you have had outdoor saunas in the past and this is your personal preference.

Keep in mind that outdoor saunas are considerably more expensive and more prone to damage from wind, rain, humidity, etc... especially in the Balearic Islands.

Still not sure? Read about our sauna types.

What is an infrared sauna?
The main difference between infrared and traditional saunas is that infrared saunas use multipe carbon or ceramic heaters to create direct heat. That also means you have to sit directly in front of the heat emitters to benefit from the infrared heat.

Since there is no traditional sauna heater in an infrared sauna, 1) the air in the sauna doesn't get as hot, and 2) you cannot increase the humidity level (by pouring water on the stones).

Traditional saunas heat the body indirectly via heat and steam.

What brand of sauna heaters do you install?
Due to their reputation and reliability, we have chosen Helo as our exclusive supplier of sauna heaters. Founded over 80 years ago, Helo is a world-renowned sauna brand and they have manufactured over 2 million sauna heaters. There is a wide selection of heater models available, both with integrated controls or with external control panels.

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What type of doors do you offer?
Since we custom-build every sauna, we can offer any door you would like. The two most common are: a wooden door with a near full-length, double-glass pane or a full glass door. The choice of door depends on the look you want to give to your sauna - wooden doors are more traditional whereas glass doors add a more contemporary look.

In either case, remember that sauna doors always open toward outside and please specify whether you want the door to open to the left or to the right.

Can I request a window or glass insert?
We custom-design your sauna to your exact requirements which may include any number of windows or glass inserts, in clear, smoked or cloudy glass. A full-length glass insert next to the door is a popular option and brightens up your sauna.

What is the typical height of a sauna?
Our saunas always measure 2.06 meters (interior height is 5 centimeters less). Any sauna with higher ceilings wastes energy by heating the air closest to the ceiling. As a guideline, the top of your head should be no more than 20 cm. away from the ceiling when sitting on the top bench. This height is optimum both for tall people and for energy conservation.

For the same reasons as mentioned above, you will notice that most sauna manufacturers have a standard height of between 2.02 meters and 2.10 meters.

If your room ceiling is higher, we can extend the sauna wall up to the ceiling. More information on this option can be found under other options.

How long does it take to heat up a sauna?
Depending on the size of your sauna, it can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes using the correct electric heater. The rated power of the heater depends on the size of your sauna. Wood-burning heaters take a little longer.

What is the correct temperature of a sauna?
There is no single "correct" temperature for everyone — it can range from 60 to 100 degrees. It depends on factors such as your tolerance level, the amount of humidity in the sauna, your age and your health. Both humidity and temperature affect the amount of energy your body expends to maintain a constant body temperature. If this is your first sauna, start with a lower temperature (for example, at 60°) for the first few baths and then raise it a few degrees until you find your comfort and tolerance level.

Remember, a sauna bath should induce sweating but it should also be a pleasant experience!

What are some of the benefits of using a sauna?
Probably the single biggest benefit is a sauna's ability to promote sweating to eliminate toxins from your body. However, there are many other benefits which we have outlined on our website.

Who should avoid using a sauna?
Due to the increased heart rate, circulation and effect on blood pressure, patients with any of the following conditions should not use a sauna unless otherwise instructed by their physician: stroke victims, people with severe aortic stenosis, who have recently experienced a heart attack or who have unstable angina pectoris, people with brain tumors and those affected by multiple sclerosis.

Consult your physician before using a sauna if you wear a pacemaker, are diabetic or have pins, rods or other implants such as cochlear implants.

What is the proper care and maintenance of a sauna?
Remember that you should not paint, varnish, stain or treat the interior of your sauna except with sauna wood treatment developed specifically for this purpose. The wood needs to "breathe," absorbing and slowly releasing heat and humidity.

As far as care and maintenance, keep the following points in mind:

1. Use a hand brush dipped in water to scrub down the benches and walls (for areas that have been directly exposed to sweat).

2. If your sauna floorboards (known as "duckboards") can be moved, prop them up at an angle and leave the sauna door open to dry.

3. If you have an area of dirt on any of the benches or walls, scrub using warm water and a mild detergent.

4. As often as needed, use a wet mop to mop the sauna floor.