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The Holidays are a great time to accessorize your sauna

Keiths Sauna

Whether you already own a sauna and need an update on accessories or you are planning on surprising a loved one with a sauna that you have on order, accessories make for great presents. From consumables like essential oils and sauna soap to longer lasting items like buckets and ladles, accessories help to make a sauna have a more personal touch.

SS B&L

Next to the sauna heater and room, the bucket and ladle among the most important components of the sauna, as they help provide the unique ability to control the level of humidity in the bath. The löyly (steam) created by ladling the water over the heated rocks, and the person entrusted with controlling the bucket and ladle holds an honorable position, as they are to ensure a great sauna for all. For this reason, it is important that you choose the sauna bucket and ladle that match your needs. Many like the clean, sturdy construction of the stainless steel bucket and ladle, while others prefer the more traditional look of a wooden bucket and ladle. What suits your needs? Whichever bucket you choose, be sure to consider Eucalyptus Oil or other essential oils to allow for aromatherapy when the oils are mixed with water then ladled over the rocks.

Halu Pillow

When you sauna, do you prefer to lie on the bench instead of sit? If so, consider a Halu pillow or a head rest. Though the Halu pillow looks a little strange, the 4 adjustable rests allow for the pillow to be repositioned for maximum comfort. The small size also makes it easy to store when not in use, perhaps if you were having a sauna party to share your great Finnleo sauna with family and friends. If you prefer something more traditional, we have several other head and back rest designs to meet your needs.

Whitewood sauna sign

Is the sauna a surprise present? Why not provide a sauna sign as a gift that can be unwrapped ahead of the sauna delivery? Already have a sauna but you finished the exterior with drywall? A sauna sign is a great way to identify your doorway to a healthy escape.

Whitewood sauna sign

Body brushes can serve a dual purpose. Used on dry skin, the brushes help to exfoliate dead skin and to help stimulate blood flow to the brushed areas, helping to bring a natural radiance and glow to the skin. People often report that their skin shows signs of better health after a few uses. After finishing a sauna session, the body brushes can also be dipped in the water from the bucket and used to scrub the bench tops to help keep a fresh, clean look to the room.

robe

 

After a sauna or between rounds, it can be nice to sit and relax in a nice, cozy robe. If you already have a favorite robe, Finnleo offers a selection of sauna towels, seat covers, and wash mitts. Having linens specifically designated for sauna can help to create a nice atmosphere of an escape to your own private spa.

Ready to learn more about these accessories or what options Finnleo has for saunas, both traditional and infrared? Visit your local Finnleo dealer or call Finnleo at 800-346-6536.

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Make a Daily Escape from the Brutal Winter – The benefits of a home sauna or steam shower.

From conversations to Facebook and Twitter posts to the national news, the winter of 2013-2014 has been the most constant story of the season. Every state in the continental US has experienced a snow or ice storm, and this has more people longing for the heat of summer. For those of us with sauna or steam showers, we get to go on vacation at the push of a button.

While many people love heat bathing while on vacation or at the spa, they are unfamiliar with the advances in the sauna and steam industry that have made installation of heat bathing products easy to install and enabling a homeowner to install some saunas in as little as an hour and enjoying tropical heat minutes after the room is installed. Let’s review the types of heat bathing available and the approximate installation times and type of heat bathing environment created:

Traditional Sauna – 30 to 45 minutes for pre-heat, though some heat storing heaters have a room ready in 5 minutes.

Traditional saunas are available in a variety of options, from the Finnleo Passport series, designed to install in less than an hour with some plug-in models available, to exquisitely designed Designer series panel-built rooms which are assembled in 4 to 6 hours, and custom-cut rooms, which can be installed in a couple days. Most versions of traditional sauna have the option toView of Sauna from Steam Shower add Infrared panels to create an infrasauna (more later).

Passport Saunas are an excellent option for homeowners and renters alike. Because the sauna is easily assembled and disassembled (with some plug-in designs), the sauna can be moved within the home or even taken with you should you decide to move. For those who are going to a cabin for a winter getaway, the Passport can be disassembled and taken to the cabin and used to warm-up after an afternoon of cross-country or downhill skiing or other fun winter activities.

Designer Series saunas capture the imagination and create an ambiance described by the name. Rooms like Reflections, Solace, Serenity, and Seaside were carefully designed to help elicit a sense of escape. Though these rooms generally take a few hours to install and require the heater to be hardwired, the craftsmanship and added amenities of the Designer series rooms are worth the investment.

Custom-cut saunas are ideal when a basement, master bath, or home gym is being finished, remodeled, or built. Because the custom-cut is built into the home, it requires a higher level of skill and generally requires a few days to install, but when finished, the sauna is customized to the exact needs of your home, utilizing every inch of available space, even in locations thought to be relegated to storage only.

Infrared Sauna – Though many bathers like to wait 10 minutes to have a warmer room to begin, an infrared can be used immediately.

S840 Over the last decade, infrared saunas have enjoyed a tremendous growth in popularity. The infrared sauna operates at a lower air temperature than a traditional sauna, but because it heats the body directly, a bather perspires as profusely as he does in a traditional sauna; however, unlike a traditional sauna, no humidity can be added to the room by using water.

Fueled by an increase in awareness of health benefits of heat bathing, infrared saunas received a tremendous boost when featured by Dr. Oz on the Oprah show several years ago. Besides the numerous health benefits, infrared saunas are ideal for people new to heat bathing who want a low temperature, easy to install room that is affordable and filled with amenities like radio and chromotherapy. Most prefabricated saunas can be assembled in less than an hour and plug into a standard 15 or 20 AMP outlet. Like the Passport rooms, the ease of assembly and use of standard outlets make infrared saunas relatively portable. For those interested in larger room or utilizing an unconventional space for infrared, custom infrared rooms are also available.

InfraSauna – Best of Traditional and Infrared sauna, without compromise

InfraSauna

InfraSaunas are unique to Finnleo and combine traditional and infrared saunas into one room. Through our design and safety listings, we have developed a system that allows both types of heat to be installed in one room while ensuring only one heat source is utilized at a time. InfraSaunas can be installed in a variety of room styles, from Passport to Designer series to custom-cut, and they are ideal for families wanting to enjoy both types of heat but not wanting to have two separate spaces. For athletes, the InfraSauna allows them to use infrared as a pre-workout warm-up, and the residual heat from the infrared session can be used to speed the pre-heat time when the sauna is switched from infrared to traditional.

Steam Showers – Preheat is typically 10-15 minutes, though warm start greatly reduces this time

Woman in steam room

Steam showers are a great way to add heat bathing, especially to small bathrooms and homes because they utilize the same space as an existing shower. Like custom-cut saunas, steam showers require more labor to install, but the results are worth it. To install a steam shower, the shower must be fully enclosed with a tight sealing door and waterproof walls and ceilings. Additionally, some tile, plumbing, and electrical work are required, so this is a project that usually takes a few days, depending on how much work is required. When finished, the shower is transformed into a tropical rainforest complete with aromatherapy and the options of chromotherapy. When the steam shower is done, simply turn on the shower and rinse off without having to leave the warmth of the steam bath.

So…which one is best?

That is a matter of personal choice, because the best one is the one you will use. Each form of heat bathing will help you detoxify through perspiration and will help to reduce stress, relax, and induce a deeper, more restful sleep. When you are ready to start your daily vacation, contact your local Finnleo dealer to learn which one is best for you.

 

Talking Sauna with a European

A couple weeks ago, I was carpooling to a concert with a friend and choir-mate, and as we were discussing health and fitness, we naturally moved to discussing sauna and steam. She is from Germany and moved to the United States 15 years ago, so she has had time to experience the sauna cultures of her native Germany and throughout Europe, and she has also enjoyed sauna in the United States. The sauna conversation began when she mentioned she and her husband had joined a well-respected and established athletic club known for its racquet sports, pools, and wet area.

What She Found In America

Commercial Sauna with Narrow BenchesWhat surprised her about the sauna in the club was the sauna was not built for long term comfort, as the bench was too narrow and most of the patrons did not use a towel while using the sauna, and the facilities she had used always restricted water use. I explained that the manufacturer of the sauna who installed that package focused on maximizing seating capacity, as many Americans were accustomed to sitting in the sauna and "fitting” the sauna into their schedule, so lying in a sauna was usually reserved for home saunas, though more commercial saunas are pushing for a more relaxing experience with nicer upgrades like valance lighting, bench skirts, and wider benches. As for water use, I explained that we recommend water be used, but some clubs still are concerned with people abusing water, as they have not been educated on how much to use and when to use it.

What She Was Used To

European Sauna

 

To my friend, Karin, a sauna was meant to be an experience in itself, and it may take the better part of the afternoon; it was not crammed in 10-15 minutes between the end of the workout and the shower on the way to work. Once a week, she would arrive at the spa, change into a robe, take a towel, and would go sauna. To protect the wood and to promote cleanliness, the towel was to be laid out on the bench and the bather would lie down. After 10-15 minutes, she would move from the top bench to the lower and sit for a couple minutes to prepare to leave the room. Upon exiting, she would rinse, drink room temperature water, perhaps flavored with mint or lemon, and cool down. 10-20 minutes later, she would re-enter the sauna and repeat her process of top bench to low bench and exit. In the 2nd cool down, she would rinse and enjoy a massage to help relieve tension. After the massage, she would sip more water, eat some healthy snacks, and when ready, she would enter the sauna for a third inning. In the 3rd inning, she may spend most of her time on the lower bench, and at the end, she would take a longer shower to finish her cleansing, then she would sit in the lounge in her robe and drink water and eat more healthy food until she was ready to leave. By the time her session ended two to three hours may have passed.

 

In America, I think we would do well to find time to sauna like the Europeans. Yes, the 15 minute sauna has its place, especially if the choice is 15 minutes or nothing, and a 2-3 hour sauna experience may not be welcome at your health club, but it is something you can enjoy with sauna in your home. Whether enjoyed by yourself, with your family, or with friends, the health and social benefits that come from this extended self-care range from better protection against colds, improved skin health, more time to be open and honest with loved ones, and an overall improvement in mental and physical health through relaxation and the release of stress. 

Whether your schedule allows for 15 minutes of sauna after your workout or if you want to try to start a weekly sauna tradition of a sauna evening, contact your local Finnleo dealer to learn which sauna is best for your needs. 

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Sauna Memories: Winter and Christmas Eve Stories

Last weekend, I went to see Disney’s hit movie Frozen with my wife, daughter, and one of her friends.  While we enjoyed the movie, one short scene (a couple seconds long) inspired this blog.  In the middle of a raging snow storm, two characters are in a store, and the shop owner offers them a chance to use the sauna after a family is done using it, and they cut to a family of four enjoying sauna together, and I realized two things. One, I looked forward to some strong winter storms so I could enjoy my sauna and steam shower more than usual. Two, the concept of family in the sauna is often forgotten in much of our culture, yet for many of us, the winter and Christmas Eve saunas spent with family hold some of our fondest memories.  We decided to share a few memories with you.

Keiths Sauna View of Lake Superior

A view of Lake Superior from Keith’s sauna

Craig, your blogger, fondly remembers how winter saunas brought the men of the family together to share stories:

Joyce Koskenmaki rendering of family sauna

Sketch of our family sauna by Joyce Koskenmaki
This is a sketch of the family sauna drawn by my dad’s cousin, Joyce Koskenmaki. My most memorable and favorite saunas were taken in my youth with my grandpa, my dad, and my brother in my grandparent’s wood burning sauna in Michigan’s UP.  They lived in an area far removed from any city, so when we visited each Christmas, the sauna was always a highlight.  The sauna was built from wood that my grandfather had probably helped cut down as a lumber jack, and the sauna stove (kiuas) was welded together by a friend.  The sauna served two purposes.  It was our main bath while visiting, and it gave us time to talk and to reflect on the year.  I can’t remember specific topics or stories, but I can tell you I am still warmed by the memories of those times in the sauna.

 
Matt, one of our regional sales managers, shared this recent story of a winter sauna:

Matt Bergstrom rink and sauna

 Matt’s ice rink under the lights, with the sauna warming on the left.

As we Minnesotans know, this winter came in like a lion.  Not so much snow, but brutally cold temperatures that lasted for the better part of early December.   Most people loath this time of year.  Personally I love it because I can build ice on our outdoor hockey rink fast.   This past week has been perfect weather.   Temps near zero and very little wind.   Perfect for a night spent scraping and flooding the ice.  

This Monday we had a great game of shinny in the backyard.  The sounds of pucks and sticks on the ice mixed with laughter is why dad spends his evenings working on the ice.  After the kids hit the hay I normally scrape and flood.  As you can imagine it gets pretty cold.   In fact, I cut the flooding short Monday because I had the wood burning sauna stoked and I was ready to warm my bones.  Being both cold and tired the warmth of the sauna was much appreciated.  What made this night unique was the incredibly bright full moon.  I stepped out of a steaming sauna onto a sheet of perfect ice reflecting a brilliant moon.   A couple buckets of water over the head was a refreshing rinse.  A minute or two of looking at the moon and I was cold.   The smell of smoke and cracking of the fire were calling my name.    Time for more steam!

For another memory from one’s youth, Mark, national sales manager, shares this story:

Sauna Sausage

 This image was borrowed from VisitFinland.com 

"My favorite Christmas Sauna memory was heating up the outdoor wood fired sauna all Christmas Eve from about 2:00 p.m. until evening at my childhood home.  We would heat ‘sauna sausage’ in a special pan, over the rocks, which we enjoyed for a salty snack with a beverage when we were completed with our sauna bath.  There was something about the steam, the sounds and the purity of a Christmas Eve sauna.  The steam seemed to crackle more.  The quietness of the moment was more peaceful.  And, when complete you felt as clean and refreshed as ever.  When we would walk back to the house, the snow seemed to crackle and snap under boot, but with a blanket of quiet and darkness that is still vivid to this day.”

And, finally, Keith, president of Finnleo, shared his story:

Keiths SaunaKeith’s sauna by Lake SuperiorThe Christmas Eve Sauna is always special, but my most memorable and special Christmas Eve Saunas were those in our outdoor woodburning sauna at our cabin on the shore of Lake Superior.  There is something magical about walking through the fluffy snow to the sauna, entering the cozy warmth of the changing room, hearing the wood fired sauna stove crackling, then entering the sauna to feel its enveloping heat.  To enjoy the soothing heat of the Christmas sauna with my wife and kids—while gazing out of the sauna windows to the incoming waves of icy cold Lake Superior, watching the quickly approaching dusk in the short days of an Upper Peninsula December day—was absolutely priceless.

 


This holiday season, we wish you joy, happiness, and peace.  For the New Year, we wish you health, happiness, and prosperity.  If you have a sauna, consider starting a Christmas Eve tradition of sauna with loved ones.

Soccer, Sauna, and Steam: A perfect combination for a cold day & parents vs kids soccer game.

My daughter is in her second year of playing soccer, and one of the traditions of the coaches of her team is the annual "Parents vs Kids Soccer Game.”  The girls are all 9-10 years old, and most parents are in their late 30s to 40s.  I am 37, overweight, and out-of-shape, and I have never played soccer, except in these games.  I embody every component of "bad idea” and "wake up in the morning and can’t move,” except I have an infrared sauna and a steam shower…and that makes all the difference.

At the start of the games, the temperature was about 40°F and would fall to 37°F before the evening was done.  Though chilly outside, our daughters’ skillful soccer playing kept all of us running, kicking, and diving to the point of where perspiration dripped from our brows.  What I had expected to be an easy game to show our daughters support of their sport turned into a serious competition through which the girls showcased the skills they had acquired during the season.  All parents left the field exhausted, sore, and beaming with pride at the players our daughters had become. 

At the end of 1-1/2 hours, we had seen the girls play like as we hope they will on the last game of the season Saturday.  As adults, we got to fill the need of challenging ourselves against our peers.  As an overweight, out-of-shape 37 year old dad who had over-exerted himself out of love for his daughter and an attempt to show that an athlete still lives inside, I knew how my night would end.  As I hobbled back to our house, I could only think of my sauna and steam shower.  As we entered the house, I asked my daughter if she wanted to use the sauna, since the outside temperature had dropped to 37°F by then; she said she was happy to just cuddle with a blanket and some popcorn while watching TV.  

Ahh…my sauna and steambath—the perfect after soccer retreat.

B200 Infrared Sauna As I descended the stairs, I could feel my quadriceps firing, my hamstrings and calves tightening, and my core muscles whimpering.  With Gatorade in hand, I placed a towel on the sauna bench in a position where I could watch TV with my daughter, and I sat in the infrared sauna for about an hour, with a short break every 20 minutes.  After the hour had passed and the tension in my legs, back, and core had been released, I turned on my steam bath generator (in retrospect, I should have pre-programmed my T100 control to turn the steam bath on 15 minutes before I planned to use it). I watched TV for 15 minutes until my steam shower had reached the temperature at which I like to enter, 90°F; I enjoy soaking up the steamy heat while the steam bath continues to heat up to my set temperature of 110 degrees.  At 90°F, my seat and walls have warmed sufficiently to lean sit/lean against them without sending a cold shock through my body.  To help set the relaxation mood, I added lemon grass essential oil to the steam head, and adjusted my chromatherapy lights to a dark blue.  After 20 minutes, I emerged a much different man.  Many of the aches and pains in my muscles and joints had dissipated, and the chill from the cold temperatures had completely left my body.

Amerec ChromatherapyWhen I awoke this morning, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.  I knew I had gone to bed mostly pain free (without using a pain killer), but how would my body respond to the beating I gave it last night?  I am thrilled to report that I could climb and descend the stairs with no issues, and I have full mobility of my joints.  What do I credit with my seemingly miraculous recovery? Sauna and steam.  Given the same work out 10 years ago without the sauna and steam recovery period afterward, I would have awoken stiffer than a heavily starched shirt.  Yes, my muscles do have some of the soreness associated with muscle development, but my body doesn’t ache, and I have full mobility.

Are you interested in learning how you can add sauna and/or steam to your home so you can enjoy a speedier recovery after physical exertion? Contact your local dealer or you can request a brochure to learn more about the products we offer.

New Study Finds Sauna and Exercise Share Many Benefits.

Can sauna replace exercise for health benefits? Not completely, but there are related benefits.

manIRcropIf you are an avid sauna enthusiast or have been researching the health benefits of sauna to determine the best way to add heat bathing to your health and wellness program, you have likely read articles on:

  • How many calories are burned in a typical sauna session
  • How lactic acid is released from the muscles through the deep penetrating heat of sauna
  • How the cardiovascular system can be aided by vasodilation
  • How skin looks fresher and younger because it is clean down into the pores
  • How it can help a person fall asleep and stay asleep or can help invigorate a person for a day.

Vitruvian Man All of these articles contain truths, but much of the evidence has been anecdotal. Now, a study by the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Department at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, with assistance from other departments from within the University of Iowa and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, has been released showing the body’s physiologic response to "whole-body heat stress.”

As a sauna and steam bath aficionado, I had to remove my passionate response to my beloved safe havens of relaxation, healing, and stress relief being referred to as "Heat Stress Chambers.” However, after reading the article and considering the study was reviewing the shared benefits of heat bathing and exercise, the term made perfect sense from an analytical perspective. To cause change, physically, mentally, or emotionally, "stress” must be applied. With that understanding of the term stress, the study became a fascinating read.


To begin, the study explained the objective of the study, which was to determine if sauna could serve as a replacement to exercise for individuals who are physically limited in their ability to exercise. In order to determine the physiologic changes that occurred through heat stress, the study tested 25 young, healthy volunteers (13 men and 12 women), one at a time, beginning with placing each individual into a room with a temperature of 26°C (78.8°F) to determine base line readings. After the baseline readings, the volunteers were moved to a room heated to 73°C (163.4°F) for 30 minutes. At the completion of those 30 minutes, the participants were moved to the lower bench at a cooler temperature for 3 minutes to help transition to the room temperature outside of the modified sauna.

 In the testing, the following body levels were monitored with no changes occurring during the baseline measurement and the noted changes occurring after heat stress:

  • Body temperature (average increase 0.86°C or 1.55°F)
  • Heart rate (average increase of 22.4 beats per minute)
  • Blood pressure (Systolic decrease of 16 mm Hg and diastolic decrease of 5 mm Hg)
  • Norepinephrine, which as medicine is used to treat low blood pressure and heart failure, increase 58% in the plasma
  • Proloactin, which has many different effects on the body, increased 285% in the plasma
  • HSP72, which is a protein showed to preserve muscle function, increased by an average of 48.7%

 

The conclusion of the study was that some physiologic changes that occurred during the study were similar to those of exercise, but exercise offers some benefits that cannot be attained through sauna use; however, for those who cannot exercise, heat bathing showed beneficial changes that could help maintain a healthier cardiovascular system and may preserve muscle function. Though, as they add in their conclusion, more studies may be necessary to show what other benefits come from heat bathing, these results are reason enough for me to enjoy my sauna and steam bath more frequently and to encourage my father to fire-up his sauna a few more times each week.

 

As with fitness routines, if you are under a physician’s care, ask your physician before beginning a heat bathing routine, and when they give you the green light, contact us to request a brochure or your local dealer to learn more about which heat bathing system is best for you. From infrared to traditional sauna to steam, we can help you plan and design your project to help reduce the stress of building your own "heat stress chamber”, to use scientific terms, or heat bathing sanctuary, as my household likes to think of it. To learn more visit www.finnleo.com or contact your local dealer, or you can request a brochure.

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Patience is a Virtue: The easiest part of the installation was the steam generator.

First, a reminder: I am not a professional contractor, plumber, or electrician, so this post is not intended as instruction of how to install.  Rather, I hope you will find some entertainment and some "what not to do” education from my experience. 

If you have been following the last two blog posts regarding the bathroom remodel, you have likely seen some of the considerations and struggles I had with planning and preparing for the bathroom remodel, especially the new steam shower.  What I haven’t shared is the timeline for the projects based on working on the project after work and on weekends.  We purchased the bulk of our supplies on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, we began demolition the 2nd week of June, I took care of plumbing of the 4th of July weekend, I completed most tile work by the beginning of August, and I have been working on details (including one of my final coats of paint on our vanity) as of about 6:30 AM this September morning.  If approaching a remodel one’s self, be sure to be patient with the schedule and with time consuming activities.  Below are a few highlights of the installation.

Running Plumbing and Electrical for the Amerec AT5 Generator with T100 Touch Control:

Shark Bite FittingI have worked with Amerec for over 12 years, and I am very familiar with the installation instructions.  What I am not familiar with is a blow torch and soldering for installing plumbing.  Total installation time for connecting all plumbing connections and electrical to the generator was less than 1 hour.  Following the instructions and matching the appropriate pieces to the right pre-plumbed holes made plumbing easy, and the plug and play nature of installing the control, sensor, and even the low-voltage, chromatherapy lighting made electrical easy; however, a few miss-steps on my part resulted in about 14 hours for running a water supply line to the generator and a steam line from the generator to the room.   If a person is not experienced with plumbing, I would strongly suggest hiring a professional to run the water and steam lines to ensure the joints and fittings are all installed properly and to save time on the installation.  The main problem we faced was a leaky valve on the supply line that kept filling our supply line with water as we tried to solder the joint.  Having water in the line makes soldering more difficult because the water cools the line, thus preventing a proper flow of the solder around the joint.  In order to heat the line to a sufficient temperature to get the solder to flow, the outside of the pipe is heated to a point that renders the flux unusable, so the solder won’t flow properly, even if all water is finally evaporated, because the flux is gone.  If I had it to do over again, I would make sure all of my shut-off valves work perfectly, and if they don’t, I would replace them first.  Parts and a substantial amount of time was wasted by not following this path.  On a positive note, we did learn about a wonderful device for making supply line connections easier (after 14 hours of sweating it): Shark Bite fittings.  The Shark Bite fittings are approved for use in many applications, but since they are rated for temperatures not to exceed 180°F, they should not be used on the steam or drain lines.

 Plumbing at the Shower:

Flexible Copper Pipe Let me begin by saying, "Do as I say, not as I do.”  Having taken care of the supply line and the electrical to the generator, we moved on to the steam line to the shower.  Knowing the difficulties we faced with the soldering of joints and fittings to the supply line, we decided to use a thicker walled flexible copper pipe, figuring we could bend the pipe around the obstructions in framing and drywall.  Yes, we met our goal, but it was not as easy as we had anticipated.  Unlike rigid copper pipe, flexible copper pipe does not make perfect 90° or 45° angles, and whether the goal is to straighten the pipe or bend it to an angle, there is always the possibility of kinking the line, which then negates the work a person has done to try to avoid multiple joints.  If I had to do it over again, I would purchase rigid copper pipe for a few reasons:

  1. Cleaner Install – The readily available fittings make it possible to run the pipe through most installations without the large radius on turns that happens when bending flexible pipe.
  2. Less Waste – I estimate that between failed parts on the supply line and the extra copper left over from the roll of flexible pipe, I wasted over $100 on rough plumbing materials.  The amount credited to the use of flexible pipe is probably only $10-15, as I had to purchase lengths available in a roll instead of the lengths I needed of rigid pipe.
  3. The Finished Look – I intend to live in our house for at least another 10-15 years, so this installation was not for others, but when I go to sell this house, it will be obvious to the next home owner that I did the plumbing myself, which may not bode well for my resale value.

 Listen to a Master Plumber When They Offer Advice for FREE: 

Listen to a Master PlumberI pride myself on figuring things out and being responsible for my own projects, whether they are victories or failures.   This project ended as a victory, but there were moments I wasn’t certain of that.  My father and I had worked on much of the plumbing together, which was great for bonding time, but as neither of us are plumbers, we probably missed opportunities to have a more efficient installation.  My father-in-law is a Master Plumber, who offered his assistance several times, but I thought I could do fine on my own.  When he came to review our work, he noted that we had T’d off of a 1/2” supply line (which is not code), so we needed to change that.  He then noted that in the bathroom, my plumbing for the shower fixtures was going to be too far forward, thus preventing the mixer and handle from mounting flush with the tile.  I thought it was okay, so I proceeded with installing the ½” hardi backer to the walls and ceiling, mudded the joints, applied my TruGard Vapor Proofing Membrane, and screwed boards to the walls at the height at which my 2nd row of tiles were to be installed.  I would soon learn that my father in law had offered sound advice regarding the plumbing for the shower controls, and my only way to fix the problem was to go in through the back of the shower and try to deepen the notch where the plumbing was run, so the fittings could sit flush with the tile.  What would have been a 10 minute fix in the beginning turned into a 2 hour project later, and I had to attempt a drywall patch.  Lesson learned: Listen to experts who offer professional advice at no charge.

Installing Tile, Door, and Finishes:

Starting TileI had finally reached the point about which I was most excited and nervous: tile.  Having spent several hours on several evenings watching YouTube videos on tiling rather than the network prime time offerings, I felt confident I had a map for how to begin.  As mentioned before, I mounted a board on the three walls to be tiled, so there was a level surface on which the 2nd row of tiles could rest, as the tiles may tend to sag if not supported from beneath.  The suction created by the thinset on the wall and tile usually prevents the tile from falling away from the wall.  The videos and the in-store training at The Tile Shop had all mentioned that this was a crucial step to ensure the tiles are installed level.  The reasoning is the floor is not necessarily level on all walls or even across one wall, so to use the floor as a guide is to invite the tiles to not be level.  Also, by starting with the second row, the bottom row of tiles can be cut to match the height of the top row, so the wall has balance, and if the floor is uneven, the bottom of the tile can be cut to accommodate and the grout/caulk lines will hide the imperfections.  Since I was using 12x18 tiles installed the tall direction and I was installing a stone shower seat, I started my 2nd row at 18”, thus allowing minimal trim of the 1st row and allowing the bench to sit at a comfortable height.

 

Tiling plumbed wallAs noted in the first blog, I had taken the time to plan where each tile was to go and how the shower should look when installed.  In the heat of the moment, I decided to go with the flow instead of following the original design.  The installation came out fine, and I probably avoided extra cuts, but it also made me nervous if I had purchase enough materials for my new plans.  As recommended by most every expert I could read, listen to, or watch, I started by installing the middle tile on the back wall, and I worked across the wall. Since my shower wasn’t even 36” wide by the time all substrates were installed, I needed to either shift the middle tile slightly off center to allow for only one side tile to be cut, or I needed to make cuts to both side tiles.  Not trusting my ability to cut 18” tiles straight, I opted to cut 1” from 1 tile instead of ½” from two.  On the two side walls, I decided to run a full piece of tile into the corner, and I would deal with the consequences of that action when I reached the front.  Fortunately, it worked out, as I extended the non-plumbed wall outside of the shower to the bathroom entrance, as this was a place that had experienced water damage to the drywall before.  On the plumbed wall side, the door installation made the size of the tile not look out of place.  A word of advice when installing tiles: look at the back of the tile before applying tile to the thinset on the wall.  Since I was not "back buttering” the tiles, I had missed that a protective sheet was on the back of a few tiles as I had placed them on the wall.  When the tiles were not setting and continued to fall away from the wall, I couldn’t figure it out, so I removed the tiles and found my mistake.  Easy fix, but I should have paid more attention when installing.

 Two Biggest Tiling Challenges: Hole Cuts and Ceiling

Ceiling tile that had fallen

I was proud of myself.  I had installed most of the tile of the shower, and I had made most of my straight cuts, but now I needed to cut out for pipes, sensors, and fixtures.  Again, YouTube gave a multitude of answers, and it was up to me to determine which made me feel most comfortable.  My choice was a wet/dry handheld circular saw to cut the back side of the tiles, as it provided enough control that I could make round cuts, and a ball-peen hammer to knock-out the center of the holes.  It worked surprisingly well, even on small 1” holes.  

Hardibacker CeilingWith the hole cuts solved, I moved on to the ceiling.  From the professional installers on Bath Crashers to the myriad of skill levels shown on YouTube, everybody said installing ceiling tiles is fairly easy, as the suction of the tiles created by the use of thinset will keep the tiles mounted to the ceiling.  A word of advice: do not try this with 12x18 tiles without having some way to support the tiles as they set.  I had made cuts in my ceiling tiles to prepare for the Chromatherapy and regular shower light, and the holes were perfectly placed, so I was excited!  I spread the thinset on the ceiling, and I mounted the first piece.  I slowly removed my hands from the piece, and to my surprise, it stayed.  I watched it for a minute to make sure I wasn’t going to be surprised, and when satisfied, I turned my back, and as I was reaching for another piece, I heard the suction let loose.  I quickly turned and caught the piece mid-air with no damage to the tile or to me.  Not wanting to take another chance, I mounted the tile to the ceiling again, and I secured it to the try portions of the ceiling and walls using duck tape.  Having no fear that the tile would fall now that it was secured, I reached for the second ceiling tile, and the 1st tile fell from the ceiling again.  This time, the tile shattered as I raised my arm to protect my head, and the tile crashed into the walls and seat.  I took a break and regrouped.   After much thought, I decided my best solution was to paint and waterproof a ¼” sheet of hardibacker and mount that to the ceiling.  With multiple coats of paint and waterproofing sealant, I was confident in two things: 1.  The ceiling would not fall on my head during installation or later during a steam bath. 2.  I wouldn’t have to worry about my grout lines matching the walls.  In the end, this was a great option for us.

 Shower Door:

Steam Shower DoorSteam showers often give rise to the question of what door is appropriate for the installation.  There are many answers to the question.  For those most concerned with creating an almost airtight installation, a door with a continuous piano hinge is a popular option.  Some designs even include a vent at the transom area that is mounted to the frame of the door with a continuous piano hinge, so the vent can be opened when using as a shower and closed when using as a steam bath.  Considering my budget, I opted for a standard door available through a national chain home improvement store.  It was a frameless door with pivot hinges with an adjustable opening size of 34” to 36-1/2”.  Given some mistakes in applying my backerboard and tiles, I needed the 34” dimension for the bottom of the door and 36” at the top.  I was happy I didn’t pay for something custom and precise.  The door came with a sweep for the bottom of the door and two strips for the edge of the door to ensure water (and steam) would not escape.  This left the transom for me to figure out, and my current solution is a thick piece of clear plexiglass caulked into place above the door using clear silicone.  When I am confident the dimension of the plexiglass is adequate, I may replace it with real glass.  After the installation of the door and plexiglass had cured for 48 hours, I decided to test the steam room, and I was pleased to see minimal loss of steam from around the door.

 Ready to Steam: 

Amerec ChromatherapyThough the next weeks consisted of installing the bathroom floor tiles and painting and trimming the rest of the bathroom, the biggest part of the project was completed.  With immense pride, I turned on my Amerec T100 Control, set the time and temperature for the steam bath, selected my chromatherapy light color, connected my phone to my Kohler Moxie Showerhead with Bluetooth speaker, and relaxed in the steam.  For a little relief from early fall allergies, I added a few drops of eucalyptus to the ComfortFlo steam head, and I felt the tension and stress melt away, along with my allergy symptoms.

 

Final Installation of Steam ShowerAs the title of this post says, patience is a virtue on a remodel.  The easiest part of the installation will be the plumbing and electrical connections for the generator, as they are laid out logically and designed for the simplest form of connections when possible.  The rest of the installation is as difficult as one chooses to make it.  If I were to start over, I might consider the use of Swanstone for the walls, because it would have been far simpler than tiling, but I do love the custom look we ended with on the tile installation.  Also, I would have not been so stubborn, and I would have accepted the advice and the offers of assistance provided to me by my father-in-law.

 

If you are ready for a rewarding adventure, contact your local dealer or request a brochure to begin selecting the steam generator that will begin your journey to a more relaxing bathroom escape.

 

LESSONS LEARNED WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER: DEMOLITION OF THE BATHROOM TO PREP FOR STEAM

After planning, designing, and purchasing the materials we thought were needed for the bathroom remodel, the sledgehammer anxiously awaited his call to action; however, a few other tools needed to properly prepare the site

Prepping for demolition:

As mentioned in a previous post, our existing bathroom had carpet tiles, which were on top of peel and stick vinyl tiles, so to avoid the collection of demolition debris in the flooring, I removed all existing flooring.  The carpet tiles were easy, but the vinyl tiles clung to the floor with all their might.  To aid in their removal, I purchased my first tool of the remodel: an oscillating cutting tool.  If considering demolition (or any remodeling project), this tool has many great benefits, from cutting through adhesive beneath tiles to undercutting door trim or other wall materials to make room for tiles and many more functions.  Having removed the tiles, I proceeded to install the new ventilation fan/ceiling light combination unit.  Upon removing the old unit, I found two things:Exhaust Fan Duct
1. The original unit’s duct work was not connected from the fan to the exhaust opening.  I made sure to connect the hose, as the exhaust fan would likely be clearing construction dust and fumes from the bathroom during the remodel, though an open window was the primary ventilation.
2. The original unit required a mirrored installation of my new unit, which meant I would need to cut a hole in the ceiling, using my new oscillating tool, to install the new fan/ceiling light. 
Note: I chose to replace the exhaust fan due to a desire for a ceiling light and a quieter unit.  A well-constructed steam room does not require additional exhaust, as most steam will be kept inside of the steam shower and will condense as cooler water mixes with the steam during a shower after the steam bath. 
Finally, I identified which circuit in the electrical panel cut power to the shower light, and I turned off both water supplies to the shower.  If you are new to remodeling, remember there is a hot and a cold line running to the shower, and forgetting one can make for a big mess later.  Also, double check the plumbing to know if the toilet and sink lines are fed before or after the shower cut-offs.  If they are before the shower cut-offs, then you will still have full function of the toilet and sink.  If they are after the cut-off, then the valves will need to be opened to use the facilities. 

 READY FOR THE SHOWER:

Demolition Begins I love the shows on HGTV, DIY, and other home improvement shows, but my demolition was not nearly as exciting as the shows make it look.  While the shows often show a hammer crashing through a shower door, a mirror, or other fragile items, I needed to carry the debris from the basement through the house, so I wanted to avoid sharp fragments as much as possible.  To have the safest, easiest access to aggressively remove tile from the shower, I needed to remove the shower door, so I was pleased when I saw I simply needed a razor knife for the caulk (which was already failing in some parts of the installation) and a screw driver.  With the glass still in one piece, I carried the door to the curb to allow pickers to have a free shower door or for the trash truck to collect.

Now that my work area was clear, it was time for the rough stuff, or so I thought.  Being careful to avoid plumbing fixtures and the shower light (electrical), I felt my inner Thor and started swinging my 10 lb sledgehammer, and I was amazed at how quickly I got tired and how little progress I had made in the demolition.  I had cracked and removed a few pieces, so I was committed to proceeding with the project, but I needed to change my method.  I switched from the 10 lb hammer to a Stanley Fubar, which is a 3 lb wrecking device.  It was much more manageable, and it features several tools to assist in demolition.  Perhaps one of the best benefits of using a smaller tool was control, as I was working in a small shower (42”D x 36”W), so I needed to be careful not to hit plumbing or any unintended targets.  When it was time to remove the shower curb, I saw it had been constructed using 3- 2x4s stacked and nailed together and into the concrete, and the wood was showing signs of water damage and appeared to have been part of the water damage problem outside of the shower.  Since it had been secured so well, I used a circular saw to cut the boards into smaller sections before wielding the 10 lb hammer.  As expected, the boards were easily removed with this method.

 Exposure results in better understanding:

TruGard Waterproofing MembraneWhen the construction of the shower was revealed, I began to understand why water damage existed outside of the shower in the surrounding drywall, and why some of the 2x4 framing showed some water infiltration: no waterproofing membrane.  Even though sealed tile is essentially waterproof, and grout lines help to prevent penetration of water, over time, water vapor from hot showers or water beating on a wall from daily showers can cause water to penetrate through the joints.  Once through the grout and behind the tiles, the thinset and backer board will help prevent water from penetrating into the walls; however, neither of those products are intended to waterproof, without some type of modification, so without a waterproofing membrane, a shower may eventually allow enough water to wick through the cement board to reach the walls behind.  My shower had 26 years to allow the damage to occur, and had I sealed the grout lines more frequently (every 5 years or so), we might have been able to help slow the damage.

Each city/state will have a code requirement for construction of a shower, so be sure to check what is acceptable in your community before proceeding.  As shown in a multitude of Youtube videos and home improvement shows, acceptable wall construction for a standard shower (and also important for a steam shower) includes the use of a waterproofing membrane or a vapor retarding membrane in the construction of the shower.  Some methods use a polyethylene plastic sheeting (commonly referred to as Visqueen) mounted on top of the studs and before the ½” cement board.  Another method is to mount the ½” cement board to the studs and waterproof/vapor proof between the backer board and the tile.  When choosing this approach, there are several approaches, but two of the common approaches are to use a paint-on waterproofing membrane or to use a polyethylene sheeting with engineered webbing which is applied using thinset to the backer board and tiles adhere to the engineered webbing using thinset.  The Schluter Kerdi system is often used in home improvement shows, like Bath Crashers, but I chose to use a product called TruGard, which is from a company based in Georgia.  The decision of which application is right for you should be made after researching code, costs, and what product you believe to be the best solution based on your research or the opinion of experts (which I am not).

 Reviewing the existing plumbing and electrical to prepare for installation:

AT-3T-T100 Spec Sheet After identifying some of the problems with the framing and construction of the shower, I reviewed the existing plumbing and electrical in the shower. The copper pipes for the shower did not show signs of corrosion or damage, so my only plumbing concerns for the steam shower was how to bring the steam line into the shower and where to place the generator for easy access and installation of electrical, water supply, steam supply, and auto-drain & pressure relief valve drain.  As for electrical in the shower, I decided to keep the existing light in the shower, for when more light was needed (perhaps when cleaning), but I was also going to include Chromatherapy lighting to help create a relaxing environment.  After reviewing the installation instructions of the light and the generator, I learned I could provide power for the light from a low voltage light connection on the AT generator, and the T100 light switch would operate the on/off function, so I did not need to worry about adding electrical outlets above the shower; rather, the connections for the Chromatherapy lights would be simply "plug and play.”

 

Time to reflect and to plan:

With demolition completed and the existing construction reviewed, I took a few days to complete research and to plan for how I needed to proceed with installation.  The adage of "measure twice; cut once,” seems appropriate with many actions in construction, so I learned my timeline was less important than making the right decisions.  

To learn more about steam generators, contact your local dealer or request a brochure.

Getting Personal: Journey with Me Through Bathroom Remodel with a Steam Shower

Fourteen years ago, my wife and I purchased our home.  It wasn’t big, but it was cute and everything that we needed at the tender age of 23.  Since it was still in the 1990s, décor from the late 80s to early 90s didn’t seem too far out of place; however, some looks were starting to become a little dated.  Through the years, we made minor cosmetic changes to the bathroom, but as we saw water damage developing from a leaky shower, we knew a larger project was due.  When planning our vacations and summer plans, we decided this was the year to spend vacation time and money on a proper bathroom remodel, complete with a steam shower.

Peach Tiled ShowerIdentifying the Challenge

Today, we will look at the early stage of the project: design and planning.  As mentioned before, over the years, we had made some minor changes to the bathroom.  When we first purchased the home, the bathroom walls were wallpapered, and the floor had been carpeted.  Since this bathroom was in the lower level of a tri-level, the bathroom floor was a concrete slab, which was poured unevenly, thus carpet was the easiest solution (though not ideal for a bathroom).  To address these issues, we removed the wallpaper and painted the walls, and we tried laying vinyl "peel and stick” tiles to the concrete floor, but because of the uneven floor, the tiles looked horrible, so we went back to interlocking carpet tiles.  The design features we could not easily address were the peach shower tiles and vanity top and the leaky shower door.

Where to Begin

Lahti Bathroom RemodelWhile the goal was to create a beautiful bathroom retreat, the reality was a limited budget, which meant the first decision we had to make was to make this a Do-It-Yourself project.  A veteran of watching countless hours of HGTV and DIY, particularly shows like Bath Crashers and I Hate My Bath, I determined I had acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake the project (for any contractor or DIY homeowner, you know how laughable that assumption is).  Having determined I could tackle demolition, tile, drywall, electrical, and possibly plumbing (with the help of my father and father-in-law), we needed a design, so we could begin selecting materials.  A simple CAD layout helped us calculate the square footage of tile needed for the shower, the bathroom floor, and the vanity top.  Though I have been reading plans and specifications for building projects for over 12 years, I was surprised at how little I knew about my own space. How big is my shower? How many square feet is the floor? Exactly how big is the vanity top, and where is the plumbing access for the sink located (side or back of cabinet)?

 

The Joy of Shopping

Home Improvement AisleArmed with the knowledge of the bathroom dimensions, plumbing access, and construction irregularities (uneven floor & walls that were not square), material selection began.  Keeping budget in mind, we visited one of the most ubiquitous home improvement stores to review their selection of tiles and vanities.  The product that first capture my attention was a product called Swanstone, which is available in a variety of colors and finishes and can resist prolonged temperatures of 450°F for prolonged periods (perfect for steam showers), but we thought we wanted the look of tile rather than a single slab, so we continued our search for vanities and tile.

The Vanity of Bathroom Remodeling

For the vanity, my wife wanted a piece that looked like an antique piece of furniture to stand where the current vanity is installed; however, after hours of searching in-stores and on-line, we learned that because of the side access required by our existing plumbing, the pieces she preferred would not work without considerable expense of moving water lines, drains, and vents.  This brought our design to plan B: re-stain the vanity cabinet using a cabinet restoration system and tile the vanity top.  Knowing that our project now included three styles of tile, we moved our tile search from a big box "all-in-one” store to a specialty tile shop with offerings ranging from very affordable to luxuriously expensive.  With room sketch in hand, we visited The Tile Shop for an education on tiles for walls and floor and to get an idea of sizes, styles, and colors, and we attended a class on "how to tile,” which is offered every Saturday morning.  Having selected the size tile we preferred for the shower walls and the bathroom floor, we went back home and used CAD to layout the tiles, so we would know how much material we would require, including products like self-leveling concrete (to even the floor), shower pan mud (to build our shower pan), shower curb mold (to build our shower curb without using wood), shower pan membrane, thinset, grout, grout sealer, and color matched silicone caulk.  Since most stores marketing to DIYers offer their best deals (discounts coupled with extended terms) during major holidays with three-day weekends, we made our purchase over Memorial Day weekend. 

Our Dream Vanity (wouldn't work with existing plumbing layout)Our Dream VanityOur Tile SelectionsBathroom Floor Tile selection Shower Wall Tile Selection Vanity Top Granite Tile

For the vanity, my wife wanted a piece that looked like an antique piece of furniture to stand where the current vanity is installed; however, after hours of searching in-stores and on-line, we learned that because of the side access required by our existing plumbing, the pieces she preferred would not work without considerable expense of moving water lines, drains, and vents.  This brought our design to plan B: re-stain the vanity cabinet using a cabinet restoration system and tile the vanity top.  Knowing that our project now included three styles of tile, we moved our tile search from a big box "all-in-one” store to a specialty tile shop with offerings ranging from very affordable to luxuriously expensive.  With room sketch in hand, we visited The Tile Shop for an education on tiles for walls and floor and to get an idea of sizes, styles, and colors, and we attended a class on "how to tile,” which is offered every Saturday morning.  Having selected the size tile we preferred for the shower walls and the bathroom floor, we went back home and used CAD to layout the tiles, so we would know how much material we would require, including products like self-leveling concrete (to even the floor), shower pan mud (to build our shower pan), shower curb mold (to build our shower curb without using wood), shower pan membrane, thinset, grout, grout sealer, and color matched silicone caulk.  Since most stores marketing to DIYers offer their best deals (discounts coupled with extended terms) during major holidays with three-day weekends, we made our purchase over Memorial Day weekend.

AT5 Generator with T100 Control and Chromatherapy LightsWith a few hours left and great deals to be had, we knew the color selection for our tiles, so we could move forward with the selection of plumbing fixtures and accessories from another home improvement store.  My wife loved the look of oil rubbed bronze, but she felt a little dismay when she learned oil rubbed bronze was not a universal color and finish, even by the same manufacturer.  After much deliberation, we decided on the shower and sink fixtures, matched the accessories, and settled on a shower door that had polished chrome, since oil rubbed bronze was not available.  Using the Amerec Sizing Calculator, the easiest decision to make was the steam generator, an Amerec AT5 with T100 Touch Screen Control with oil rubbed bronze Comfort Flo steam head and Chromatherapy lights.  Besides extremely simple wiring for the control and sensor (if you can connect your computer to an internet cable, then you can wire the control and sensor), I knew the features of the T100 would enhance our steam bathing experience by allowing us to schedule the start time and temperature for our steam shower, as well as a large, beautiful display that could be seen from the shower seat or from outside the shower through the clear, glass door.

Having completed the design, planning, and selection process, we waited for the school year to end before the next step in the process: demolition, to be covered in the next post.  As a sneak peak to the demolition post, a sauna (traditional or infrared) greatly assists in the recovery of sore muscles from swinging sledge hammers and hauling debris.

To learn more about planning for a steam shower, request a brochure and tell us about your project.  We are excited to hear about your project and would love to see photos or floor plans, which can be uploaded on the contact form.  To find your local dealer for Amerec generators, click here.

The Low EMR/Low EF S-Series Infrared: Innovative from Design to Functionality – By Craig Lahti

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Finnleo’s new Low EMR/Low EF S-Series Infrared Saunas are redefining the standards for infrared saunas.  In response to market-driven requests for Low EMR, Finnleo developed the new S-series. Not only does it have IR technology that exceeds the tough Swedish EMR standards, it is loaded with other upgrade features that truly make this sauna the new industry standard. The S-series, introduced in March 2012, has multiple design innovations, many of which are "industry firsts”, including: 

 

810S-1 Web1.   The Namesake Innovation – Low EMR and Low EF. The reason for the overhaul design was an increased interest in reducing the levels of EMR (Electro Magnetic Radiation) and EF (Electrical Field) in the infrared rooms.  While  previous models are safe, the new models exceed the stringent Swedish Standards, which is the recognized standard across the world.  We are inundated with EMR and EF every day, from cell phones, wireless routers, baby-monitors, computers, monitors, televisions, and essentially every other electrical device.  Even taking a stroll in nature, one cannot escape the cell phone towers and power lines that emit this potentially harmful energy.  Through the new S-series infrared saunas, Finnleo has  nearly eliminated this radiation while still maintaining the positive effects of infrared sauna.

 

820S-4 WebVisually Stunning –The S-series is visually stunning!  The all glass front, sleek new TouchScreen control, and valance and bench skirt lighting ensure beauty and user comfort in all seven models of the S-series .  As an added touch of elegance to the room, the door handles complete the makeover.  There is not one part of the room that was not rethought and improved, which is impressive considering the excellent design of the previous models.  Somehow, the juxtaposition of elegance and deep perspiration are in harmony in this room.

 

825S-4 Web2.   New Touch Screen Control – As is most of the world, I am in love with touch screen controls.  I enjoy the added feeling of control and interaction by letting my "fingers do the walking” to borrow the line from the old Yellow Pages ad.  With the new touch screen control inside the sauna, a bather has complete control to change the time remaining or temperature while in the room. Also, the control has the radio/MP3 player built-in as an application of the control.  Simply press the "Radio” button and choose to listen to the radio or select an MP3 player from which to choose a playlist.  While taking the sauna, the zone controls will help the bather customize the heat bathing experience.  Are your calves feeling tight after a Saturday morning long-run? Turn on the calf heaters.  Does the ceramic floor feel a little cool?  Turn on the floor heaters.  Want extra heat on your seat? Turn on the bench/seat heater.  The entire experience is customized.  As you finish your sauna, set the timer to do it all again tomorrow, since this control includes a 24 hour delay timer.

 

825S-1 Web3.   Other "Hidden” Innovations you will love – To achieve the low EMR/low EF and not hinder the performance of the saunas, the Finnleo engineers had to rethink everything.  The results are amazing.
a.   More uniform heat distribution: The Finnleo "High Performance System” includes an integral heat distribution system to more evenly distribute heat throughout the room.  If the heat is trapped at the ceiling by the sensors, like in most infrared sauna designs, the emitters will not work as efficiently.

 

840S-1 Webb.   Speakerless sound system: Hidden transducers have replaced the common speakers.  Not only does this innovation reduce the exposure of EMR and EF to the bathers, but the rich, surround sound fully envelops the bather.  The whole sauna has become a speaker, without the exposure of extra energy.
c.   From a "Green” perspective, the saunas are a hit as well, as the wattage has been reduced by 24% from previous models of equal size while maintaining or even improving heat up time and maximum temperatures.  A 24% reduction usually means a compromise has been made in features, but in these new rooms, it is because of the increased features and quality that the rooms have seen such a dramatic savings.

 

870S-1 WebFor any of these items to be an improvement over a previous version would have been impressive, but for all of these features to be standard in the new S-series room is astounding.  Even with all of the upgrades, the price is as attractive as the room.  
To learn more about the Low EMR/Low EF S-Series Infrared Saunas, call or visit your local dealer, or you can contact Finnleo directly through email or by phone at 1-800-FINNLEO (346-6536).  To learn more about Finnleo, request our brochure.