It was about 2000 years ago that sauna was introduced for the first time, somewhere in Finland. It was just a crude pit that was dug into the ground. This is where people would take shelter during the extremely cold months of winter.

Fireplaces were created within these structures by heating up stones to a high temperature. Then intense heat would be created by pouring water on these hot stones. Back then, these saunas were known as “savusaunas” which means smoke saunas.

Those were the saunas of early days; with time saunas have really evolved from what they were. The modern-day sauna heaters are basically of three types: Wooden Sauna heaters, Electric Sauna Heaters, and Gas Sauna Heaters. What you choose depends on your budget, space, and personal preferences.

Electric Sauna Heaters

Electric sauna heaters are the most common type of sauna heaters that are purchased in today’s world. All that you need to do is switch it on and wait for about half an hour before using it. You can set it to a programmable control so that you pre-set the time when you want to switch on your sauna heater. If you turn it on from your smart phone before leaving work, you can enjoy a hot sauna a soon as you arrive home.

Wooden Sauna Heaters

This might be a great choice for an outdoor sauna or even an indoor sauna that has no electricity. Ideal for medium or large saunas in cabins and cottages, these traditional saunas produce a lot of heat. It is tough to regulate the heat produced by this type of sauna. Nevertheless it is very well-suited because of its warmth. There is the option of getting a hot water tank installed along with this sauna. However, wooden sauna heaters are least convenient to use and clean, and also very slow to heat up.

Gas Sauna Heaters

These are the heaters you will find in commercial saunas where the saunas are heated up for long periods on a regular basis. Although rarely bought these days, they work out better when you consider their per-hour operation cost. Nevertheless, because of their bulky size and heavy weight, it could be very impractical to install gas sauna heaters in residential properties. If you do decide to install one of these, you will have to spend a lot on shipping and installation.

If you don’t want to go the traditional way in installing a sauna, you can try an infrared sauna that is easier to assemble, and less-expensive to install. You don’t get to enjoy the same steam or high temperature of a traditional sauna; yet there are many positive impacts of an infrared sauna. It heats up the core temperature of your body and gives you a lot of relief from muscle and joint pain. Make sure you explore the best infrared sauna heaters before making your choice.

Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself before deciding on the right type of sauna heater to install:

  • Where are you going to install your sauna?
  • How often will you be using your Sauna?
  • What is the kind of time you want to be spending in each of your sauna sessions?
  • How much are you ready to spend for installing a sauna?

Make sure you take your decision after doing all your research and comparison.

Author's Bio: 

Narendra Sharma is a Freelancer Writer, Entrepreneur and passionate blogger. A writer by day and a reader by night.