Tips for Building an Eco-Friendly Sauna At Home

It is no secret that living in residential cabins does wonders for your soul and the environment. It thus follows that when building a sauna, you would make considerations for the environment. In so doing, you would come up with an eco-friendly structure designed to protect the environment and add to the aesthetic value of your home. This guide will show you what aspects you should keep in mind when following through on this commendable step.

The Materials

When working with wood you need to be careful what you choose, or else you will end up with a structure that will not hold up for long. Luckily, there are numerous options on the market. Your selection process should focus heavily on the moisture resistance of the wood. The last thing you want is a material that will soak up the water and end up rotting in no time. You should also think about resin creation as well as heating properties. The wood should heat up nicely, but not so much that sitting on it becomes a problem. It should also not be so slow in heating that you have to wait long before you start the relaxing experience.

Go for materials that can last long in the presence of heat and water. Also, consider how comfortable the wood is, as this will affect how much you enjoy your experiences. Finally, while wood may be the best option for your structure, it may not hold up for long if maintenance is not adhered to. That means that you have to keep treating the wood and washing it to lengthen its life span. Ventilation is also of the essence, but we will get to that in later steps.

 

The Insulation

What is the most crucial aspect of a log cabin? The insulation! Not only does it help in the regulation of heat, but it also aids in energy savings. You spend less on utility bills, and you can use this money on more demanding things. On this note, you should look into the moisture and thermal insulation in the sauna. Ideally, this should take place as you design the structure so that you can make allowances for it. When building saunas at the time of installing residential log cabins, you must follow the building codes.

When it comes to insulation in the sauna, the focus should be on the walls and the ceiling. In this way, the structure will not lose heat to the external surroundings, thus calling for more heat generation in the interior. You must regularly check the status of the structure and make repairs where necessary. If you plan on using the sauna frequently, insulating the floor is a good idea. However, you can do away with this and instead install heating under the floor. You can enjoy a dry and heated floor, and that will make the sauna experience very comforting.

The Ventilation

This room will be moist when in use, and you must ensure that there is adequate air at all times. Why is this? When wood remains in humid conditions for extended periods, it can easily get damaged owing to rot and other such factors. This damage can happen even when you have used weather-resistant materials in the sauna. As such, you need to air out the wood after you finish using the structure. Also, moisture creates a damp environment which can lead to the development of foul smells. When this happens, your stay in the sauna will not be pleasant. You need to have fresh air to take in as you feel the toxins leave your body.

While ventilation is essential, it should not be so much that you end up needing increased heat in the room. You should strike a balance between ventilation and energy use.

The Size

The larger the structure, the more materials you will use and the more heat you will need to keep the room hot. How can you ensure that you spend as little on utility bills as you can? Well, this is quite simple, it comes down to the number of people who will use the structure and how they wish to do so. For single person use, there is no need to create a room that can fit four people.

The benches should be at least 600mm wide per person, and you should keep the floor-ceiling height at 1900mm. Do not go higher than 2100mm if you wish to keep the room hot and enjoy even heating. If you do this, you will end up using a lot of money on energy, and your sauna will not be as eco-friendly as you wanted.

The Heat Source

Insulation is vital as it reduces the amount of heat you use in the room. So where you have foregone insulation in the walls and ceiling, you will require a lot of heat. When selecting the heat source and the output needed, think about the size of the room. If you get a heater that is smaller or bigger than necessary, you will end up incurring a lot of expenses on electricity bills. Also, think about how often you will use the sauna. If you wish to use the room frequently, you should go for an option that can store heat. In this way, you will spend less energy in heating the room.

The heater will require as much maintenance as the materials in use if you wish to increase its lifespan. The replacement of the stones will depend on how often you use the room. For spaced out use, you can make the changes every two years. For more frequent use, you will need to make the replacements more often. As you make this change, you must re-arrange the stones as they tend to sink over time. The manner of maintaining and using the heater will depend on what choice you make in this regard. So be sure to read up on it in the manual.

Bottom Line

While the above factors will generally make the structure eco-friendly, you can make the room more energy efficient. A good example would be by lowering the heat and using the structure with many people at a time. Also, close the windows while in the room to avoid the loss of heat. Can you think of another heat-saving mechanism?

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