SAUNA

Enhance your life - all you need is a little space 

Heat, relaxation and detoxification

A Traditional Sauna is a hot and dry room.

If you like to relax in a hot room of approximately 70-90 degrees Celsius and humidity of up to 35%, this is for you.

A sauna is the place where you can wind down, relax and listen to your favourite music or read a book. In this environment, your heart rate will increase which promotes circulation thus aiding in reducing inflammation and pain from muscles and joints. Once you are sweating your body will start to expel toxins.

If you have visited a commercial gym or resort in Queensland, you may have enjoyed one of our sauna rooms.

If commercial saunas are not your thing then a home sauna is the ideal way to wind down and relax at the end of the day. They are a simple and effective way to detox your body and improve your health. All you need is to free up a few metres of your home.

Sauna & Steam Qld can provide a sauna room that is perfectly tailored to your home and your needs.
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What's your preference?

Saunas are a perfect way for you to relax, indulge the senses and detox your body to enhance your well being and general health.  Did you know that Scandinavian sauna bathing takes two traditional forms: ‘Traditional Sauna’ and ‘Soft Sauna’.  A ‘Traditional Sauna’ with temperatures of 75-90°C in a relative humidity of 5-15% is gained by ladling fresh water over the hot sauna stones.  If high, dry temperatures are more to your liking like 95-110°C, our equipment is capable of achieving this just by adjusting the temperature control.

For those wanting to experience a ‘Soft Sauna’, a gentler form of sauna, in 45-65°C, then we have combination heaters for you.  This heater allows you to pre-select the humidity creating a continuous and automatic supply of steam ensuring constant humidity of 40-65%.

If you want to enjoy ‘soft saunas’ and ‘traditional hot and dry saunas’, the Combi is an ingenious solution that combines all the options in one single heater.

FAQ SAUNA

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions not answered here.

What kind of lighting is used in a Sauna Room?
A sauna room needs a high temperature sauna light with the right IP rating.  Special LED light or fibre optic light is also suitable.

Are the Sauna heaters plug in or hard wired?
The only sauna heaters that are plug ins are the 2.4kW suitable for 2.5 cubic metres of room space.  Everything larger has to be hard wired.

Which way should the door open?
The sauna door must open outwards since the sauna room is a heated confined space.

Does the floor get hot?
Since heat rises, the sauna floor becomes the coolest part of the room.  Timber decking to the floor is not necessary.

Can I bring my young children in the Sauna?
Children should only be in the sauna under adult supervision.  If the sauna has two levels of seating they can sit on the bottom bench where it is a bit cooler than on the top bench.  Make sure they drink lots of water and do not stay in for too long a session.

How long do we stay in the Sauna?
This will vary with every individual.  We recommend you mount a 15 minute sand timer on the wall to monitor your session time.  Have a cool shower or dip in the pool and then you can go back in the sauna again.  You can swap between the heat and cool water as many times as you like.  Make sure you drink lots of water to replenish your body.  Do not stay in the sauna if you feel unwell.

How often should I have a Sauna?
There are no rules about how often to use a sauna.  Some people use it every day however many do a session 2-3 times per week.

What kind of heating system is used in a Sauna?
The most common equipment is the electric heater.  Another option is the wood fired heater.

How much water can we throw on the rocks to create steam?
Water is to be sprinkled sparingly onto the rocks.  It is best to use a sauna ladle.  If you pour too much water on the rocks it will run through the heater and end up on the floor.  You have to use normal tap water or rain water.  Do not use chlorinated water as this will damage the elements in the heater.

What is the best timber to use?
In Australia, the most common material is Western Red Cedar due to its durability.  It also has a lovely scent.
Other materials like Hemlock, Spruce and Aspen can also be used.

Why do we need rocks in the heater?
The rocks store the heat from the elements in the heater.  It creates a more efficient heat.

Do we need a floor drain in the Sauna?
It is not needed for the function of a sauna room.  If it is a commercial sauna and the floor needs to be hosed down for cleaning you can install one.  If you have a floor waste, you should also have a tap inside the sauna to charge the floor waste and avoid a smell from a dried out trap.

What floor coverings are best suited for a Sauna Room?
We recommend a non slip tile with a skirting tile for easy cleaning.  You will need water proofing underneath the tiles if the floor is to be hosed down for cleaning.

How long does it take to heat up the Sauna Room?
By insulating the walls and ceiling properly, the sauna room should reach your required temperature in around 20-30 minutes.  Make sure your vent is closed during this time.

Most Saunas have two tier benches, what is the reason for this?
People enjoy different temperatures.  As hot air rise you will experience that it is warmer on the top bench than on the lower.  This will give you the choice to sit where it is most comfortable for you.

It is safe to use a Sauna at any age?
Yes, it is safe, however you should consult your doctor if you suffer from a heart condition, high blood pressure or other medical conditions.  Sauna and alcohol is not recommended.  Drink plenty of water as you will sweat throughout the bathing process.

What is the difference between a Sauna Room and a Steam Room?
A sauna is a hot room and best enjoyed at a temperature around 70-90 degrees Celsius with a humidity of about 20-30%.  A steam room is a wet room with 100% humidity and best enjoyed around 40-50 degrees Celsius.

How Much Room Do I Need for a Sauna?
A sauna can be built into an existing room as small as 1.2 x 1.2 metres.  The same equates to an outdoor room.  We do have a plug in Compact Heater which is perfect for small rooms up to 2.5m³.  We can build your sauna room as large as you need depending on how many people you need to accommodate at the same time.  It also depends if you like to sit upright or be able to lay down.  Establishing your available electrical supply should be the first step in determining what size heater you can install and therefore what size sauna room you can have.