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What is the best temperature setting for my infrared sauna?

Whether you’re using your infrared sauna for pure relaxation or to aid with health and healing, it’s important to be comfortable and follow any medical provider recommendations. First-time sauna users will want to gradually adapt to the frequency of sessions. Health Mate wants to ensure you have the optimal experience. Below are a few guidelines as you begin using your infrared sauna:

  • Limit yourself to three sessions a week during the first four weeks. After about six weeks, increase to daily sessions if desired.
  • In the event you do not feel comfortable or relaxed during a session, lower the temperature and/or open the door of the cabin.
  • Keep your sessions to 20-30 minutes. Medical advisors may suggest longer sessions for certain health conditions.
  • The ideal sauna temperature setting is between 120°F/50°C and 140°F/60°C. You should start perspiring within 10 to 15 minutes, and if not, you may need to increase the temperature by 5° increments.

Below are recommended times/settings when getting started with your infrared sauna:                                      Time                                       Temperature
Week 1            20 min                                     120°F/50°C
Week 2           23 min                                     120°F/51°C
Week 3           26 min                                     125°F/52°C
Week 4           29 min                                     125°F/53°C
Week 5           32 min                                     130°F/54°C
Week 6           35 min                                     135°F/55°C

A note of caution: It’s important to not allow your body’s core temperature to rise above 103°F/39.4°C. Otherwise, the result could be hyperthermia, which includes symptoms like dizziness, lethargy, drowsiness, and fainting. Additionally, excessive hyperthermia may include failure to perceive heat, failure to recognize the need to exit, unawareness of impending hazards, fetal damage in pregnant women, physical inability to exit the sauna, and unconsciousness.

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Is it safe to install my sauna on a carpeted floor?

Health Mate saunas can be placed anywhere there is a flat, dry surface that can withstand the weight of the sauna. This includes wood flooring, tile, concrete, laminate, pressure-treated wood, and carpet!

Heat doesn’t transfer from the inside of the sauna to the outside. This means you don’t need to worry about your carpet or other flooring getting too hot or absorbing moisture. However, you’ll want to make sure you place your sauna where it won’t get damaged or cause any damage to the surface it’s placed upon. 

Saunas may be placed inside or outside. Keep in mind the following when finding the ideal place for your sauna: 

-If you’re considering placing the sauna outdoors, make sure the area is covered, including a balcony or patio, or that it’s under an awning. Provide enough space and clear away or move nearby items. Don’t lean anything against the sauna or put anything on top of it.  

The same rules apply when placing your sauna inside. Also, make sure the room is large enough to accommodate the unit. Don’t force it in or you could cause damage. 

-Place your sauna somewhere it can remain for long periods so you won’t have to move it. If you decide to relocate the sauna, you’ll want to take it apart rather than trying to move it as a whole unit. The exception to this is our Essential saunas, which are more portable and lighter.

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How do I properly wire my sauna?

Before operating your sauna, you want to make sure it is properly wired and plugged in. Each Health Mate sauna has basic plugin requirements, but please note:

Do not use power adapters to convert 15a to 20a or 120v to 230v.
Do not use power strips. Surge protectors must match sauna wattage.
Do not change your electrical outlet without using proper wiring to the breaker box. 

For additional performance and wiring issues, please consult your local electrician. If you’re having issues related to the product itself, contact our Customer Service team and they will help troubleshoot.

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Can I use my sauna outdoors?

The answer is, yes, you can use the sauna outdoors. 

Having your sauna inside your home provides a wonderful place to relax, de-stress, and improve your health. However, having your sauna outdoors creates a different type of environment that many people enjoy. Sometimes your space is limited indoors, and the outdoor option is simply more feasible. 

We have a few tips when placing and using your sauna outdoors to help improve the life of your sauna and prevent damage. 

Choose a safe, secure spot

We recommend a patio, under an awning or overhang. This is to ensure your infrared sauna stays protected from sunlight and the elements.  

If placing your sauna underneath a covering is not possible, or if you’re looking to protect your sauna from the great outdoors, there’s another option! Use a water-resistant outdoor cover specifically designed for Health Mate saunas.

Also, you want to ensure there is a secure enough foundation or floor surface to hold the weight of your sauna. Most Health Mate saunas range from 271 pounds (Renew 1 model) to 605 pounds (Elevated Health). 

Our saunas are built using the highest quality, solid eucalyptus wood. Although this is a very durable wood, over time with repeated exposure to the elements, the wood may expand and contract. This is especially true in colder climates. 

Prepping your sauna

Your infrared sauna warm-up times are based on an average household temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature around the sauna is below the 70-degree mark, you can expect the sauna to need more time to heat up. For example, if the temperature outside were 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the sauna would need about 10-15 more minutes to get to the desired level. 

Health Mate saunas are designed with a limited amount of glass panels or windows so as to prevent as much heat loss as possible. 

Keeping clear of critters

Make sure to deter animals and insects from your sauna. They’re naturally drawn to the heat and a sauna is like an invitation to a luxury home!  

The best way to prevent any intrusions is to plug the two holes in the floor of your sauna; there is one under the bench and one in the front right where you plug in your cables. You can use steel wool or a small piece of cloth to plug the hole, which will also reduce cold drafts. 

Proper power supply

Provide adequate power supply for outdoor placement. Be careful not to use power strips to power your sauna, which may cause the sauna to not turn on altogether and may damage the machine. 

See the proper power requirements page that details plug sizes for each of our infrared saunas. 

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Are infrared saunas safe for children?

The short answer is, yes, infrared saunas are safe for children. 

Infrared saunas can benefit children just like adults and are a great way to enhance physical and mental health,

Before your child enters the sauna, make sure that he or she is healthy and has no serious medical conditions. It’s important to understand your child’s medical history to know whether or not they are fit for the sauna.  

The Best Age To Start

A study in Finland titled The Sauna and Children reported: 

“In Finland sauna bathing by infants and children is guided by an empirically acquired parental understanding of the limits of safe heat “exposure”. Finnish children are rarely allowed into a sauna alone before they are 7 years old. Finnish parents observe the post sauna bathing behavior of their children, and this helps them to establish safe limits of exposure and avoid any adaptation problems.”

More recent reports advise the age when a child can safely start using the infrared sauna is 8 years old. Children under this age can’t regulate heat like an adult and can become dehydrated much more quickly.

Sauna Tips For Children

  • Begin your child’s first sauna session by setting the temperature to 110 degrees and entering at 98 degrees. Leave the door open, and limit the session to 10 minutes. 
  • If the child feels fine for the next 24 hours, follow the same course the next time, but close the door. Following that, increase the session time by 2-minute increments over the next several sessions.  
  • If there is still no negative reaction, increase the temperature by 2 degrees until you reach the max of 120-130 degrees over each session.
  • Do not exceed the 30-minute time limit. Remember to have the child enter the sauna at 98 degrees every time. Additionally, make sure to always adjust the time before adjusting the temperature. 

Finally, if there are any adverse reactions such as light-headedness, nausea, or any discomfort, he or she may be detoxifying too quickly. Take a break from the sauna. Always provide supervision, and always make sure your child stays hydrated. 

Health Mate considers this information a guideline, not a prescription or established rules.