A Few Things to Consider Before Purchasing an Infrared Sauna for Your Home or Business
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Knowledge, Comparison, Confidence:
An Informed Consumer is Our Best Customer!
We understand that purchasing an infrared sauna can sometimes be downright confusing:
- What really makes a good infrared sauna?
- What are the differences between infrared heaters?
- What are the benefits of the different infrared heaters?
- What type of wood is best?
- Why is a lifetime warranty important?
- How is the sauna manufactured?
- Why is heater placement important – should there be heaters on the front walls and side walls?
- What about floor heaters?
- Which heaters produce dangerous levels of EMF (Electromagnetic Fields)?
- Is a low ELF sauna important?
These are just some of the questions we have received. You will find answers to these questions below. Feel free to give us a call at 608-630-4039. We are happy to help guide you through the infrared sauna buying process.
Questions and Answers
The challenge for the consumer today is that unless you can see it in person, you cannot tell the difference between a quality infrared sauna and a cheap knock-off as the pictures on the internet can look basically the same. The questions below are some of the more common questions we receive and will help you make an informed decision so you can purchase a high quality, therapeutic infrared sauna.
Why do so many saunas look the same from website to website?
How does a Clearlight® sauna differ?
- Being innovators in the infrared sauna industry, we have always set the trends that have guided the industry: Our True Wave™ far infrared heaters are the only infrared heaters on the market that combine both the high output of ceramic with the long wavelength of carbon to produce a sauna session that is unmatched. Our True Wave™ full spectrum infrared heaters deliver more near infrared, mid infrared and far infrared than any other infrared sauna on the market. These heaters are designed specifically to heat the human body.
- We are the industry pioneer of low EMF carbon based infrared heaters and offer the only low EMF full spectrum infrared sauna on the market.
- We are the first company to offer a low ELF infrared sauna. All Clearlight Premier™ Far Infrared and Clearlight Sanctuary™ Full Spectrum sauna models include our ELF canceling technology.
How are our Clearlight Sauna® models different from other infrared saunas?
What type of infrared heater is best?
Why are low EMF and low ELF levels important?
- Memory Loss
- Loss of Energy
- Inability To Concentrate
- Weakened Immune System
- Chronic Fatigue
Dr. Duncan, the founder and designer of Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models, has always ensured that the therapeutic results of your sauna are our number one priority. Seeing the research and information available on the harmful effects of EMF, we felt that if there was a chance that high levels of EMF can cause health issues, we needed to find a way to bring the levels down as low as possible. We were the first company to accomplish this with our True Wave II, far infrared heaters and True Spectrum, full spectrum heaters. Low ELF Infrared Saunas ELF (extremely low frequency) is also referred to as the electric fields or dirty electricity. There are some people that are very sensitive to ELF and have various reactions including sleep disruption and agitation and there is some link to cancer as discussed in this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bulletin: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/elfradiation/healtheffects.html All of our infrared saunas include our ELF canceling technology. While EMF is canceled in the heater itself, we have to go to great lengths to cancel the ELF from our saunas.
- We run the electrical wires through metal conduit.
- We twist the wires to cancel the ELF and EMF.
- We protect all electronics with foil shielding.
- We carbonize and ground the fishnet mesh that covers our heaters to ground and cancel the ELF.
This is all very time consuming and expensive, but we believe it’s worth it.
What type of wood is best?
- WRCC wood is a soft wood that resists cracking and splitting caused by the heating up and cooling down in the sauna. No sauna wood lasts longer than cedar wood.
- WRCC wood contains aromatic oils that are known for their healing and cleansing properties to aid detoxification during your sauna session.
- WRCC wood is naturally antifungal and antibacterial owing to the unique properties of cedar oil. This is especially important in the sauna where bodies, moisture and heat combine to make the environment perfect for molds and bacteria.
- WRCC wood is one of the most beautiful woods available ranging from a very light honey to a deep walnut shade.
- Cedar wood smells good and gives you a true sauna experience. WRCC is considered non-aromatic cedar and has a very subtle smell and is satisfying to the senses.
- Cedar wood can be easily sanded inside the sauna to remove any stains caused by perspiration and to bring back the fresh cedar smell.
Sauna users who are very sensitive to smells (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) may want to consider a sauna made of white woods like Basswood. These woods have less of a smell than WRCC and may be more comfortable for people with MCS. We use Eco Certified grade “A” clear Western Red Canadian Cedar or Basswood. All of our Clearlight Sauna® models are available in both Cedar and Basswood. Our commitment to our customers is to provide the highest quality products. Our Eco Certified woods meet three sustainability standards as part of our green initiative.
What does the warranty cover and how long is the warranty?
Price vs. Quality
How does an infrared sauna work?
What are the benefits of a Cedar sauna?
What are the benefits of a Basswood sauna?
How long is the warranty on my Clearlight® infrared sauna?
Will I need to hire an electrician?
What is the optimum infrared frequency for an infrared sauna?
Do you just sell your True Wave™ infrared heaters individually?
Is infrared heat safe?
Can I put my Clearlight® infrared sauna outside?
How will my Clearlight® infrared sauna shipped?
Can I receive constant infrared heat from my Clearlight® sauna?
Is there anywhere I can try a Clearlight® sauna before I buy one?
Do all Clearlight saunas come with healing chromotherapy?
A General Historical Overview of Infrared Saunas
For many years only high quality far infrared saunas dominated the infrared sauna market. Craftsmanship, for the most part, was very high. Woods used were Western Red Canadian Cedar and quality white woods such as Basswood, Spruce and Aspen. The majority of infrared heaters used were ceramic and metal, with ceramic being the preferred type because of higher infrared efficiency and infrared output. There were rigid quality control of woods and glues used. Electrical safety and consistent customer care had been the hallmarks of our industry at that time. There were less than a handful of manufacturers in the entire US. This was the state of the industry that we grew our company in. Quality was everything.
Over the last 10 years, however, as the internet expanded, low quality overseas manufacturing spawned numerous upstart sauna companies importing containers of infrared saunas with little to no understanding of the therapeutic benefits of infrared therapy. They were selling a wooden box with heaters. Also, quality and after sales service did not seem to be a big concern. They offered low cost and low quality saunas on the internet and at big box stores… saunas as a cheap commodity.
We ordered different models from a few of the larger manufacturers and were immediately appalled at the quality of materials and construction and lack of safety down to even the basic wiring. The controls and heaters were cheap and substandard. The aesthetics were all wrong. Some had noxious odors from toxic glues being used in the manufacturing process. Others had horrible smells from the wood itself. Some of the woods had not been finished sanded; rough to the touch as you passed your hand over it. We also found staples, mismatched veneers, dangling and bare wires… not a quality product!
What was even worse was that most of these saunas had a combination of hazards ranging from high EMF levels being emitted from the heaters to toxic fumes. It was also evident that the manufacturer didn’t understand the basics of how infrared therapy works with the human body as there were multiple design flaws. For example, many of these companies did not know where to place the heaters for optimal effectiveness and healing, a critical mistake. Heaters positioned above the head do no good as it is the infrared wavelengths coming off the heaters directly that do the healing in an infrared sauna. Positioning heaters above the head just waste infrared energy that could be better used in the front of the sauna, or by the calves and sides of the body. This is a big functional mistake. The idea behind infrared therapy is to heat your body with the proper wavelengths so it is important to heat your front, back and sides. Without proper heater placement, you will only receive partial benefit.
We take a different approach, with heaters kept low to keep the infrared heat aimed at your body and we totally surround you with infrared heat. There is no wasted infrared heat up over your head. You will get more benefit faster with the maximum amount of infrared heat being absorbed by your body.
When designing Clearlight Sauna® models the sauna design, new technology, idea or manufacturing process must pass a few critical tests: Does it make rational sense to help to heal the human body? Will it help our customers increase their overall wellness and enjoyment of their sauna? Is it safe and does it cause no harm? If the answer is no on any of these, then we simply do not do it.
We believe purchasing a Jacuzzi® infrared sauna is one of the best investments you can make for your health and longevity. We pay close attention to every detail from start to finish to ensure that your sauna is of the highest quality materials and construction. We back these words with our Limited Lifetime Warranty.