Far Infrared Vs. Near Infrared Saunas

An infrared sauna is a modern sauna that uses infrared heaters. These heaters emit radiant heat, which warms the objects nearby, including the human body. Both far and near infrared saunas provide health benefits, but there are people who may prefer one instead of the other. For better understating which are the differences between the two types of infrared saunas, we’ll discuss the topic in the article below.

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How the infrared saunas work

A far infrared sauna has the sauna unit made of metal or ceramic heating elements that are used for transmitting far infrared energy. The wavelength of this particular infrared sauna is longer than that of the near infrared sauna. Therefore, the energy produced by the far infrared light is up to 10 times lower in comparison with the energy of near infrared light.

A near infrared sauna has as a heat source a simple infrared heat lamp and the warming is provided by infrared radiant waves. These waves lie near to the red light of the visible spectrum.

Far Infrared Vs. Near Infrared Saunas

Now that we know more about the two types of infrared saunas, let’s see what other differences are between them.

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Efficiency and Maintenance

Both far infrared sauna and near infrared saunas are an improved alternative of the traditional saunas which provide a better heating mechanism. We may say that a near infrared sauna consumes less energy and is also easier to maintain. The fact that it has lamps, the process of changing them is very simple, almost as replacing regular light bulbs. In opposition, the far infrared sauna has heating elements which are more difficult to be installed and may require the help of a professional.

Use of Electricity

This aspect is a very important one, as the electricity involves costs that are paid by the user. A near infrared sauna runs at a lower temperature than a far infrared sauna and so it uses almost one in three less electricity than the far infrared saunas. Moreover, considering the time to preheat the sauna, we may say that a near infrared sauna definitely saves energy.
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Electromagnetic Radiation

Every electrical sauna emits a quantity of radiation, but there is a certain difference between the two types of infrared saunas. A far infrared sauna has the emitters distributed around the sauna, so all the electric wiring is very close to the body. The near infrared sauna is placed rather far from the house wiring and so the body is more protected. Moreover, the far infrared sauna emits more damaging electromagnetic fields, which are comparable to the emissions from cell phones.

Skin Penetration

The skin penetration while standing in a near infrared sauna may reach 9 inches deep, and this is because the infrared heat lamps are more powerful than the emitters. Also, the heat lamps concentrate the heat source in a single place while the emitters of far infrared saunas are spread around the sauna, and less concentration means less penetration. However, because the heat source is all over the room, you don’t have to rotate in a far infrared sauna in order to receive all the benefits.
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Health Benefits

Specialists say that a near infrared sauna penetrates deeper the skin and increases the sweating and the energy at the cellular level, reduces inflammation and has detoxification effects. On the other hand, a far infrared sauna has benefits that include mainly body detoxification and heat therapy.