Wet Heat Sauna vs Dry Heat Sauna

If you know anthing about saunas you know that their main function is to create heat. Heat from a sauna has been used for years to help with everything from relaxation to health issues. Sauna heat can be generated from a variety of heating systems and methods, but keep in mind that there are only two different types of sauna heat. Wet heat sauna and Dry heat sauna

Wet Heat Sauna

The wet heat sauna is one of the most traditional saunas available. In a wet heat sauna, steam is created by turning water into vapor. This process can be done automatically by machines or by simply pouring water over very hot rocks. This process creates humidity in the air and helps increase the temperature in the room. You can find these types of saunas marketed as traditional saunas or steam rooms.

heat sauna cloudOne of the benefits of the wet heat sauna is that it humidity in the air can sometimes help with respiratory problems. People with bronchitis, sinus congestion or asthma could benefit from short exposure to the moist heat. However, this can also be a hazard. People who have serious cardiac or respiratory issues should avoid using a wet heat sauna. The moisture in the air could cause serious side effects.

A wet heat sauna also has quite a few disadvantages. First of all, the moist environment can become the perfect environment to breed all kinds of germs. This is especially true when considering that bacteria thrives in warm and moist conditions. Another disadvantage is that the high humidity in the room (usually around 100%) can soften the severity of your sweat. Sweating is  the the key to proper sauna use. Also, if you repeatedly use a wet heat sauna, you could be exposed to the chemicals and toxins, such as chlorine, in the steam itself.

Dry Heat Sauna

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The dry heat sauna is the more popular choice for an in home sauna. This is primarily because the moisture of a wet heat sauna can cause all kinds of issues on indoor walls and paint. Typically, a dry heat sauna creates increased temperatures by heating panels or rods that are placed along the walls. You can find these saunas marketed today as traditional saunas or infrared saunas.

Using a dry heat sauna has many advantages over a wet heat sauna. Naturally, the humidity level in a dry heat sauna is much lower than that of a wet heat sauna. With the lack of moisture in the air, the sauna can reach a much higher temperature, thus allowing you to sweat more. Sweating in a sauna is a good thing because it purifies your body through a process of detoxification. Studies have shown that the dry heat sauna can help assist your body in getting rid of toxins such as mercury, nickel, lead, etc.  Due to the increased heat and increased sweat, a dry heat sauna can detoxify your body better than a wet heat sauna.

At the end of the day, which sauna you choose to use is up to you. Regardless of what you choose always make sure you stay hydrated and limit your time in the sauna. This will help you avoid complications such as heat stroke. If you would like to know more about sauna safety, we have written an article on the subject, you can find it HERE.


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