Frequently asked questions
about infrared cabins and saunas
Before buying an infrared cabin you should spend some time planning. The place of installation covers some of the main points, e.g. what is the floor space, is a power supply available. Apart from the cabin size, equipment is important. In “Tips for planning an infrared cabin”, you will find the types of wood available and different heating systems.
Infrared is a type of light that cannot be perceived by the human eye due to its wavelength. The major natural source of infrared radiation is the sun. However, this infrared radiation has nothing to do with dangerous UV radiation, which can cause sunburn, for example. A special characteristics of infrared radiation is that its energy is given off in the form of heat. This infrared energy is very effective in contrast to other heat methods because it only heats the body parts, which infrared radiation comes in contact with. We can feel this warming effect on our skin. Therefore, infrared is also called “thermal radiation”.
Our VITALlight infrared heaters contain the full infrared spectrum with 18% infrared A, 56% infrared B and 26% infrared C proportion. Infrared warmth from this deep heat radiator penetrates into the lower layers of skin and is quickly distributed all over the body.
Our infrared cabins are equipped with a three-fold heating system. VITALlight infrared ABC heaters for topical use on the back or shoulders, infrared heating panels for constant radiation from all sides and gentle relaxing warmth. When combining both systems and the Sole-Therme salt evaporator to produce salt laden water vapour your home transforms into a mighty refuge of health.
More sweating, less temperature - the sweating volume in an infrared cabin is up to seven times higher than in a sauna. This can be reached at a circulation-friendly cabin temperature between 30°C and 40°C. The infrared heaters heat the body gently and progressively. A Finnish sauna, however, has a temperature of approx. 80°C. Consequently the physical strain is significantly larger but also the circulation training much more intensive. Furthermore, the infrared cabin differs per its low energy consumption, its structure and its power supply. A normal power socket is sufficient for an infrared cabin, whereas a sauna usually requires a high-voltage current supply.
The recommended application period for infrared heating panels and the brine spa (Sole-Therme) salt evaporator is approx. 30 – 45 min. The application period for infrared ABC heaters with 100% power should not exceed 10 – 15 min. The duration of a session can be increased in case of lower power of the ABC heaters. However you should not overdo it at the beginning, adapt the duration of the session to your fitness.
We recommend using the cabin twice or three times a week with a break of a day between sessions.
The heating-up time is about 10 – 15 min. At an inside temperature of about 30°C you can sit in the cabin and let yourself be warmed up gently and circulation-friendly.
Heating panels, an infrared ABC heater and the brine spa salt evaporator together combine three effects in a unique way: You can specifically address problem areas on the back or on the joints by individually adjustable infrared ABC radiation. Heating panels cause intensive sweating, support the regeneration of the body and can also strengthen the immune system. The Sole-Therme evaporator enriches the air in the cabin with salt, minerals and trace elements: beneficial for the skin, airways and soul.
All heating systems can be adjusted individually and continuously so you can adapt the temperature to the physical condition in a circulation-friendly way. Therefore, the positive feel-good effects are suitable for everyone, including elderly people and children.
In the course of a normal pregnancy, infrared cabin sessions are usually agreeable after the third month. The muscle relaxing effect is also a good preparation for birth. However, please be sure to discuss this with your gynaecologist beforehand.
In case of physical complaints or diseases please talk to your doctor beforehand as well.
The duration of an infrared session including the warm-up phase is about 45 minutes. With a total power of 2500 Watt, the power consumption is approx. 1800 Watt. With an electricity price of approx. € 0.40, each session costs € 0.72.
We recommend putting a towel on the bench for each session. If you use the salt evaporator, we recommend putting a towel under the outside of the door. Water vapour causes fogging on the glass door, so water can drip onto the floor.
Drink sufficient water beforehand. Set the infrared cabin to 35 – 45°C. During the heating-up period you have the opportunity to wash yourself with water. After 10 minutes, the cabin will be hot enough so that you can already relax and enjoy the remaining warm-up phase in the cabin and warm up your body slowly and in a circulation-friendly manner.
Switch the cabin off after use and leave the door open to ventilate the cabin. We recommend having a lukewarm shower afterwards. Grant yourself a rest of about 20 min and drink enough water.
- We recommend always putting a towel on the bench and on the cabin floor. If so, it will be sufficient to clean the cabin once or twice a year.
- Sauna cleaning agents are best for cleaning. Always take the mains plug out of the socket before cleaning.
- The paddings of the backrests are made of antibacterial artificial leather which is water-repellent, flame-retardant and sweat and mould resistant. Cleaning: Do not use aggressive cleaners for the back padding, but ideally soapsuds.
- Cleaning the Sole-Therme salt evaporator: After each use, allow the ceramic bowl to cool down, then rinse the salt stones and the bowl with tap water. You should also drain the residual water in the container of the evaporator after each use. Find more information on cleaning in the instructions for use.
- Place of installation: The room should be dry, odourless and heated. The comfortable feeling increases with the installation environment. Experience shows that the easier it is for you to access the cabin and the more pleasant the atmosphere, the more often you will use the cabin.
- Floor space: a tiled, laminate or wood floor is ideal
- Power supply: a current supply of 230 V is required
- Duration of assembly: The assembly of an infrared cabin takes between 3 and 6 hours depending on the model.
Infrared cabins by Infraworld are ready to plug in. The walls are already pre-fabricated and need only be fitted together. The assembly instructions are very detailed and give a clear description of the assembly steps. With some manual skills you will be able to assemble many models on your own. Only a few cabins should be assembled by an expert.
You can also make use of our assembly service and sit back and relax until the commissioning of your infrared cabin is complete.
For a sauna you will need sufficient air supply and ventilation (e.g. via a window) and a current supply of 400 V (high-voltage current) at the place of installation. Saunas are available in different forms and sizes, classical saunas in wood or saunas with glass fronts for a special ambiance. You should also think about the type of wood and the equipment when it comes to the planning. Today, many saunas already come with built-in infrared elements which make the cabin multifunctional.
The major issues when planning an outdoor sauna are the building permit, snow load, concrete foundation, size of the foundation, floor insulation and electric installation.
- Finnish sauna – The Finnish sauna provides particularly high temperatures of 80 - 90°C for an intensive sauna experience.
- BI-O sauna – The BI-O sauna with a sauna heater with evaporator generates a humid sauna atmosphere
(temperatures of about 50°C) with a humidity of approx. 60%. Additionally, you can enrich the air in the cabin with salt and valuable minerals in the BI-O mode with our brine spa (Sole-Therme) salt evaporator.
- Sauna with infrared technology – Sauna and infrared combined in one cabin.
- Multifunctional sauna – all technologies combined in one cabin for little moments of well-being.
We recommend having a sauna session once a week. The frequency, however, depends on your personal preference. A sauna bath should take between 10 and 20 minutes. Then cool off and repeat alternation of sweating and cooling off twice or three times.
The heating-up time of sauna is approx. 40 - 60 min. according to the place of installation, ambient temperature, power of the sauna heater and number of glass elements.
Easing tension, relaxation, slowing down these are the essential factors looked for by sauna users. Regular sauna sessions, however, offer much more. They train the whole body. The intensive change from great heat and cold to cool off is beneficial for the circulatory system and relaxes the muscles.
Sweating cleans the skin, supports skin elasticity and keeps it young. It fosters purification, as toxins are eliminated through the skin. Furthermore, the immune system is strengthened. Last but not least, the growing popularity for escaping from everyday life in the sauna is a pure pleasure of well-being: the body, soul and mind act as one.
Basically, you should have a sauna session only when you are healthy. With certain diseases the sauna is an absolute no-go or caution is needed and we recommend consulting a doctor before using a sauna. Avoid the sauna in case of flu-like infections, fever, circulatory and vascular disorders.
The sauna keeps you young and is well suited for healthy seniors. During pregnancy the sauna can also have positive effects, since its muscle relaxing effect is a good preparation for birth. Discuss with your doctor if the high temperatures are suitable for you. If yes, we recommend the agreeable Bio sauna with lower temperatures of 60 to 70 C. We also recommend to sauna beginners to get used to the heat progressively and to start with lower temperature sauna sessions.
- Take sufficient time for a sauna session.
- Avoid entering the sauna with an empty stomach or directly after a meal. By sweating the body looses water, for this reason it is important to drink enough before and after — however not between — sauna sessions.
- Have a shower beforehand. This does not only have to do with hygiene, but also helps remove oils from the skin and unblock the pores.
- Put a towel on the bench.
- We recommend that sauna beginners sit on the lowest bench first. The temperature on the bottom bench is lower.
- A sauna bath should take 10 to 20 minutes. If you do not feel well, leave the sauna immediately. Cool down outdoors after the sauna bath. If you want to train your cardiovascular system, have a cold shower after having cooled down outdoors. Relax between the sauna baths and repeat the procedure two or three times.
- Adhere to the rule of not taking more than 3 sauna baths a day. Always take a break between sauna sessions.
- In order to really enjoy the positive effects, a cold shower after the last sauna session is an integral part. First cool down in the fresh air and have a shower afterwards.
- Have a rest, relax and kick back.
- Drink plenty of water afterwards.
Due to the high sweating volume, bacteria and fungi can accumulate under swimwear. Abstaining from clothes is mainly for hygienic reasons. Synthetic swimwear or slippers can emit harmful steam under the influence of high temperatures.
A warm footbath during the cooling phase between the sauna sessions increases the effect of the sauna. You should take a cold footbath first, followed by a warm one. This dilates the blood vessels and the skin perfusion is increased.
With a heating-up time of 45 min. and three sauna sessions with a sauna heater of 9 kW, the approximate energy costs are €6.00.
A sauna heater should contain a sufficient number of stones to obtain the ideal effect of pouring water on them. You will find more details in the instructions for use as the requirements differ from heater to heater. When pouring essential oils on the stones, this might cause deposits such as lime, oil etc.
Please ensure that the sauna heater has completed its warm-up phase when pouring water on the stones. All heating rods must glow and the stones must be really hot, so that water evaporates immediately and does not drip onto the floor.
Already prepare a sauna bucket with water (and maybe with essential oils) beforehand. When the heater is hot enough, pour a scoop of water onto the stones. The air in the cabin will be enriched with aromatic hot water vapour. The sudden increased humidity intensifies the sweating. The sauna door should not be opened while water is poured on the stones. If you feel too hot due to this procedure, sit on the lower bench.
Usually water is poured on the stones at the end of a sauna session.
Put the sauna stones loosely into the stone container/stone support, so that the air can circulate through the spaces between the stones.
With normal use it is sufficient to inspect the sauna stones every 6 to 12 months. However, if water is poured on the stones regularly or every day, the stones must be inspected every 3 to 4 months and, if needed, replaced and stacked again.
The heater capacity depends on the volume, glass surface (size of the windows) and the sauna construction. Find more information about “Determination of the heater capacity” here:
- Vacuum and wipe the floor.
- Clean the sauna benches and backrests with a sauna cleaner to disinfect the benches.
- Dust and lint should also be removed from the air inlets and outlets.
- The sauna heater must be maintained and cleaned regularly. Remove limescale with a conventional descaler (further information according to the instructions for use).
- Place of installation: The room should be dry, odourless and heated. The comfortable feeling increases with the installation environment. Experience shows that the easier you access the cabin and the more agreeable you design the ambiance, the more often you will use the cabin.
Floor space: Tiled or vinyl floor.
- Power supply: A current supply of 400 V is required, for additional accessories (e.g. coloured LED lighting) a supplementary 230 V connection is needed.
- Duration of assembly: About 6 - 12 hours according to size and build.
Saunas from series production always include a detailed description. With some manual skills it is possible to assemble the sauna on your own. However, a made-to-measure sauna should be installed by an expert. Usually there is no detailed description due to the different constructions and dimensions.
The electrical connection must be carried out by an authorized expert only.
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Here you can find an overview of the retail partners in your area. Please send us your contact request via e-mail at email@example.com including your wishes. We will be pleased to send you the contact information of the retailer in your region. You can also send your requests and orders directly to us. We will forward them to the retailer who will get in touch with you.
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The legal warranty is two years. In addition you benefit from a five year guarantee for the VITALlight infrared heaters and infrared heating panels from our Infraworld range, which were factory installed in our infrared and sauna cabins. The guarantee period starts from the date of the sales receipt.
The legal warranty for our infrared cabins is two years and is also valid with self-assembly. All electrical components are ready to plug in. Provided that you do not make a major mistake during assembly, nothing serious can happen. The statutory warranty is also valid for saunas. However, they may only be connected by an authorized electrician. Heating rods for sauna heaters are consumables and are not covered under warranty.
Please contact the retailer where you have purchased the sauna, infrared cabin or accessories by Infraworld. They will help you. Otherwise, contact us by phone or e-mail. Please have your purchase invoice ready or attach it to your e-mail, so guarantee processing will be easier for us and we will be able to provide information faster.