The everyday life leaves often hardly time to the Durchatmen – all the more importantly is therefore the recovery in the spare time, in order to be able to reduce stress and refuel Kraft. Ideally suited here is a visit to the sauna, which has a positive effect on both the body and the soul. In addition, the sweat bath strengthens the immune system and thus protects against colds during the cold season.
It is therefore not surprising that more and more sauna lovers are installing their own sauna within their own four walls in order to be able to enjoy the positive properties of saunas regularly after work. In principle, the installation of a sauna in any apartment is possible. Nevertheless, certain requirements should be observed so that the dream of a home sauna does not end in disappointment.
Which rooms are suitable for installation?
In many houses you can find the sauna in the basement. An installation in the basement is however not necessarily necessary, if the dwelling offers also different possibilities. In principle, a sauna can be placed in any room – even rooms in the attic are suitable for this purpose. However, you should make sure that the living space meets certain structural conditions.
On the one hand, the rooms must have appropriate electrical supply lines, and on the other hand, they must allow sufficient ventilation to prevent the formation of mold. Furthermore, the rooms should have a level floor and have resilient flooring. If these conditions are met, then there is no reason not to install a home sauna.
The heater output in the home sauna should be selected according to size
How much space is needed for a home sauna?
You don’t necessarily need a lot of space for a sauna, because the size depends primarily on the number of people who want to use it at the same time. For a family of four, a footprint of 2 x 2 meters is perfectly sufficient. If more than four people are to be accommodated in the sauna, you can use 1.5 square meters per user as a guideline and plan the installation accordingly.
If space is an obstacle to the dream of having one’s own sauna, an alternative is the garden. A garden sauna does not need more space than a conventional garden house and also solves the problem with ventilation and exhaustion. Especially in winter, the garden sauna offers a great advantage: cooling down is thus possible directly in the ice-cold snow. But also in the summer you can enjoy the fresh and cool air after the sauna directly.
Choose heater power according to the size
The heater is the heart of the sauna and thus determines the beneficial effect. So that the heating time is not unnecessarily protracted, you should always select the heater power according to the size. The following applies: one kilowatt per cubic meter is needed to provide sufficient power.
In addition to the power of the heater, of course, the operability and control also play a role. Modern heaters not only heat the sauna, but also allow you to set the temperature, time and humidity. To also ensure safety, you should choose only furnaces with VDE mark.
Solid wood or prefabricated sauna?
Before installation, many people ask themselves whether they should choose a solid wood sauna or a modular sauna. First and foremost, this is certainly a question of price, because saunas in element construction are sometimes significantly cheaper than models made of solid wood. But where is the difference?
A solid wood sauna consists – as the name suggests – of solid wooden planks that are pressed together to create a stable wall structure. Even if it sounds like it, this construction method is not necessarily of higher quality. The quality is ultimately influenced by the wood. To ensure adequate air circulation, the solid wood sauna has so-called corner projections. These provide the required distance from the wall and thus allow sufficient circulation of air.
The prefabricated sauna consists of a wooden frame construction on which thin wooden slats are mounted. For thermal insulation, the interstices of the structure are also insulated with a thermoactive fabric. In addition, a vapor barrier prevents the water vapor generated during the sauna from settling in the insulation. A sauna in element construction is not only cheaper, but can also be built faster.
Which construction method you finally choose depends on your personal taste. Nothing stands in the way of having a sauna in your own home with either type of construction.