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Infrared Sauna Questions

Solare Infrared Saunas: Frequently Asked Questions


How much does a Solare Sauna cost to run?
A typical sauna session, including heating time won’t exceed one hour. The following running costs are based on £0.15kWh tariff from your electricity supplier:

 PowerRunning Cost per hour
Solare Solo1600W£0.24
Solare Duo1800W£0.27
Solare Corner1800W£0.27
Solare Quad2160W£0.324

What is the difference between an infrared sauna and a traditional sauna?
The main difference is the way the saunas are heated. A traditional sauna uses a sauna stove which super heats special stones. Water is then ladled onto the stones creating steam, which in turn heats up the sauna cabin.

An infrared sauna uses infrared heating technology to heat both the cabin and the user directly. Since infrared is used to heat the cabin there is no water involved. Therefore, no plumbing is required, meaning the infrared sauna cabin can be placed in any room of your house.

What’s the advantage of an infrared sauna over a traditional sauna?
There are numerous benefits that a Solare sauna has over a traditional sauna. These include:

  1. Running cost: The running demands of a Solare infrared sauna is very cost effective due to its low power consumption. Typically, a traditional sauna will use an electric heating stove that will run at 3-6KW resulting in a significantly higher running cost.
  2. Installation: A Solare infrared sauna takes just 15-20 minutes to install and can be plugged into a standard 13 amp wall socket. Conversely, a traditional sauna may require a qualified engineer to install the electrics to a specific location before construction of the cabin can begin.
  3. Portable: Typically, a traditional sauna is very time consuming to disassemble whereas a Solare sauna can be taken down in 15-20 minutes, ready to be installed in a different room, or even a different house. With a Solare sauna, you can take your investment with you whenever you choose to move home.
  4. Free standing: All the Solare saunas are free standing, which means they don’t have to be fixed to any walls. Many traditional saunas are built onto an existing wall structure.
  5. Health benefits: Doctors recommend infrared saunas for their many benefits, including detoxification. During a typical traditional sauna session, the user could sweat about 97% water and 3% toxins, whereas in an infrared sauna the user may sweat 80% water and up to 20% toxins (based on the body's current toxic burden). Our bodies take in numerous pesticides, chemicals, fumes and heavy metals through everyday living, which can cause many health problems. This is why it is so vitally important to help your body rid itself of these dangerous toxins.

Is a far infrared sauna safe?
Yes. A far infrared sauna is completely safe. Far infrared should not be confused with ultra-violet rays that are dangerous and can cause diseases such as skin cancer. Far infrared and ultra-violet are on opposite sides to visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum. In fact, infrared is so safe it is used to heat premature new born babies. Furthermore, doctors recommend infrared saunas for certain ailments.

Does the price include everything I can see in the photo?
Yes. Each sauna includes an external & internal control panel, Blaupunkt CD and FM/AM tuner, double speaker system, internal lighting, positionable back rest and Carbonwave heaters.

Can a Solare sauna be used outside?
The Solare sauna would need to be kept dry. Therefore, if it were to be kept outside, a protective cover would be required. If you plan to use the sauna outdoors your warranty may be affected. Please call us for more information.

What is the highest temperature a Solare sauna can reach?
The highest temperature the Solare sauna reaches is 65° Celsius or 150° Fahrenheit.

What are the health benefits of using a Solare infrared sauna?
Please see the following page for details on the numerous health benefits a Solare infrared sauna has to offer: Infrared Sauna Benefits

Is a Solare sauna difficult to install?
No. All our Solare saunas use a keyhole fixing system where the panels simply slot together to create a solid connection. The Solare sauna will arrive to you in two boxes. One box will include the front panel, side panels, back panel, bench and bench heater, while the other box will include the top piece and base. Installation takes about 15-20 minutes with two people. There is no special electrical wiring required. Simply connect the wires using the the easy-to-follow installation steps and finally plug the sauna into a standard wall socket.

How will the unit arrive?
The sauna will arrive to you flat packed, allowing you to manoeuvre the panels to your desired room. One box will include the front panel, side panels, back panel, bench and bench heater, while the other box will include the top piece and base.

Does a Solare sauna require any plumbing, drainage or water?
No. There is no water involved in a Solare infrared sauna as the sauna is heated using our Carbonwave infrared panels. The sauna simply plugs into a normal 13 amp wall socket and is ready to use.

Will Di Vapor install my Solare sauna?
Di Vapor doesn’t offer a fitting service for the saunas. The saunas are very simple and straight forward to install and come with an easy-to-follow installation booklet.

Does Di Vapor offer the Solare sauna without the Blaupunkt speakers and radio/CD system, or does it come as standard?
The Blaupunkt sound system comes as standard with all Solare saunas.

How long does a Solare sauna take to heat up?
Depending on the temperature of the room in which the sauna is located, the Solare sauna will typically reach a good temperature within 15 minutes. Due to the large surface area of the Carbonwave heaters the sauna will quickly increase in temperature.

How long would an average Solare sauna session last?
This greatly depends on the person, the users physical health and sauna usage preferences. Typically, a user will stay in the sauna for about 20-30 minutes or until the body indicates you should finish. Some people may sit in for 10 minutes, shower and repeat the process. Please check with your doctor for their personal recommendation on your sauna usage and session duration.

What warranty is provided with the Solare Saunas?
Di vapor offers a 2 year guarantee on all electrical parts and heaters and a 5 year guarantee on the wood.

How is the sauna cleaned?
The Solare infrared saunas are easy to maintain and have benefits over a traditional sauna in that the bench and back-rests can quickly be removed for cleaning. To clean the product we recommend using a damp cloth and mild cleaning soap to wipe the surface where a user may have been sitting. We do not recommend using any chemicals as these will circulate around the cabin when it is heated. We would also suggest using a clean towel to catch the users persperation as the best way to keep the wood clean. To clean the outside of the sauna, furniture polish can be used for the wood and a standard glass cleaner for the door and windows.

What different wood options are available in the Solare sauna range?
Di Vapor offers cedar wood and basswood (lime wood).

Can the sauna be painted?
Painting the sauna should not cause any functionality problems. However, if the sauna is painted be very careful not to get paint on the inside of the cabin as you would not want paint chemicals released while inside the sauna. Give the cabin plenty of time to aerate before using the sauna.

How often can I use the sauna?
There is no right or wrong answer for this as every person is different. Typically, for a healthy adult it is safe to have a sauna session every day, but please check with your doctor for their advice.

What is the wavelength of the infrared?
The Carbonwave sauna heaters will output at a wavelength between 4-20 microns.

What is the best temperature to use my sauna?
This is down to each individual’s heat tolerance and preference. The maximum temperature of the sauna is 65°C or 150°F.

What are the Carbonwave heaters made from?
Carbonwave heaters are made from carbon which is cut into thin sheets into which heating wire is added.

Note: Di Vapor is not responsible for the views, opinions or advice represented in the articles on this site. You are advised to seek medical advice before following any such information. Copyright © 2009 Di Vapor.



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