How to Set the Temperature in an Infrared Sauna

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Infrared saunas help users relax in a warm environment, but without the moisture and steam associated with traditional sauna use. Infrared saunas instead use completely safe technology known as far infrared radiant heat, according to the Evolution Health website. The infrared waves penetrate the human body and warm you from within rather than heating the air around you. Evolution Health likens the process to sunbathing, but claims that it is impossible to burn in an infrared sauna. One of the key components of any sauna is its heat settings, and infrared saunas make setting the temperature quick and simple.

  • Examine the sauna's control panel. If the sauna features a "Temperature" button, push it once.

  • Press the Temperature Up arrow button to increase the set temperature inside the sauna. Press the Temperature Down arrow button to decrease the set temperature. Look for the set temperature to change on the sauna's digital display.

  • Press and hold the button to rapidly increase or decrease the sauna's set temperature.

  • Wait about 15 minutes to give the sauna a chance to adjust to the new temperature.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Evolution Health website recommends setting infrared saunas between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the Health Mate sauna allows users to set temperatures as high as 170 degrees.
  • Avoid overheating in a sauna. Never stay longer than an hour. If you aren't used to the heat, start at 100 degrees and 5-10 minutes in the sauna at a time. Increase by 5 degree increments and 5 minute stays over several visits until you reach a comfortable temperature and length of stay.

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