Infrared vs. Traditional Saunas

As we creep in to cold and flu season, we thought this would be the perfect time to start a new series and focus on all things health and wellness. Now you’re probably thinking, ‘Studio H2O is a Kitchen and Bath showroom, what do they know about health and wellness?’. Well, throughout this series you’ll find out! We sat down with Showroom Director, Jennie Wunderlich to learn all about the various products we offer that not only make your home look beautiful but improve your health too!

Today we’ll start with our newest product in the showroom, Amerec Infrared Saunas! We recently set up a working infrared sauna in our newest experience room and we can’t wait to tell you more about it.

If you’re familiar with saunas, you may be thinking of the traditional steam heated saunas typically found at gyms or spas. Our new sauna is a little different, it’s heated using infrared light which offers a unique, relaxing experience. 

“The difference between infrared sauna and traditional sauna is what is heated,” said Jennie. “Infrared saunas heat people, traditional saunas heat space. Infrared saunas emit IR (infrared) rays out of panels that are intended for people to sit against so the body will heat due to the rays. Traditional saunas produce a dry heated environment with low humidity levels.”

Traditional sauna temperatures range between 165-185 degrees Fahrenheit whereas an infrared sauna ranges between 125-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Because an infrared sauna does not heat the room, most people are able to spend longer amounts of time in this type of sauna rather than a traditional sauna.

In order to get the most out of your infrared sauna Amerec recommends using your sauna after exercise to help with faster recovery, but even if you’re not a fitness fanatic, it only takes a few minutes a day in your sauna to access its full health benefits.

“There are a number of benefits to heat bathing (using your infrared sauna). Some benefits include inducing deeper sleep, fighting illness, and burning calories. There is also evidence of reducing Alzhemier’s and dementia by 65%*,” said Jennie.

As Jennie informed us earlier, Amerec offers both traditional and infrared saunas that come in numerous standard and customizable sizes. 

“You can create a sauna in almost any space with numerous levels, benches, lighting and more! Many of Amerec’s saunas can also be made handicap accessible. The possibilities are almost endless for your personal sauna environment,” Jennie said.


The panel built infrared saunas come mostly assembled and are quick and easy to put together and take apart if you plan to move in the future. The best part is you don’t have to hire an electrician to add any fancy electrical hookups for your sauna!

“The Infrared Sauna can be plugged in to a normal outlet and does not require any special hook ups. For the 3 smaller sized options, we recommend a 15 Amp outlet, and the larger saunas would require a 20 amp,” said Jennie. “The traditional saunas have different requirements for power, but many only need 120 or 220V power.”

If you have more questions about saunas or would like to make an appointment to try our infrared sauna, contact the showroom at 319-338-8275. 

*Amerec Alzhemier Study*

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