Frequently Asked Questions

Our experts at Good Health Saunas have compiled a large list of frequently asked questions that relate to infrared sauna safety, health, key benefits, and buying information. We hope our customers find these details helpful when going through the process of buying and enjoying an infrared sauna.

Safety FAQs

Are infrared saunas safe?

Absolutely. There will always be studies that show inconclusive data for long-term effects. However, the obvious short-term benefits are not disputed. The pain management and detoxification benefits are great when used regularly and for the correct amount of time for each session. Use the infrared sauna daily for best results. Sessions should last about 20 minutes. Patients treating with infrared should consult a doctor before switching treatments. The sauna can be used as a supplemental treatment, working with their current treatment.

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What is the herxheimer reaction?

Often when a patient is detoxifying or taking antibiotics in the treatment of bacteria of any kind, the bodies reaction resembles that of sepsis. As the bacterial toxins and microorganisms die in the body, they release toxins into the body. This is known as the herxheimer reaction. Many different antibiotics can be used to treat this process.

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Infrared saunas after chemotherapy?

If you are looking for relief from side effects following chemotherapy treatment, regular sauna sits may be an option. Talk to your doctor before starting a sauna treatment. It is recommended that you only spend between five and 10 minutes for your first session. Once you get more acclimated to the heat, you can slowly increase your sauna sits to up to about 20 minutes.

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Can you use a sauna with a pacemaker?

You may use an infrared sauna while wearing a pacemaker. Even a permanent pacemaker is all right to use in a sauna. Always talk to your doctor before using an infrared sauna if you have a pacemaker. In most cases it is completely safe to use an infrared sauna with a pacemaker.

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How To Use An Infrared Sauna

Using an infrared sauna can reap an incredible amount of rewards. But before you hop in, it’s important to know infrared sauna time limits, usage guidelines, and other tips for your sauna session.

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How long should I use an infrared sauna?

Use at least twice a week starting with 10-15 minutes at a time and work up to 30-40 minutes at a time slowly. Best practices say not to use the infrared sauna more than twice a day. It’s not recommended to stay in longer than about 20-45 minutes at a time even when you’re used to it.

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How hot do infrared saunas get?

All Good Health Saunas infrared saunas come equipped with high-quality and effective Certified Carbon Heaters and Certified High-End Ceramic Heaters. Together, they can heat the cabin of your sauna to 150°F. However, the ideal running temp is much lower, around 110°F to 130°F. But here’s the best part, you don’t have to wait for your sauna to heat up to begin reaping the benefits. Once your sauna is on, it’s already emitting the infrared energy that’s responsible for weight loss, pain relief, detoxification and other significant health benefits.

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Can I use an infrared sauna with skin cancer?

A person with skin cancer can use an infrared sauna. In many cases, it is actually a recommended treatment for skin cancer. Always consult a doctor before using any alternative treatments as your doctor knows your body very well.

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Can people with Diabetes go in a sauna?

Moderate exercise has great health benefits for everyone, including those who have diabetes. Spending regular time in a good infrared sauna can have many of the same health benefits including increased circulation and elevated heart rate that can help you improve and maintain a higher quality of life. Decreasing stress and increasing circulation have been demonstrated to be effective in controlling blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, obesity related health issues. As with any illness, your doctor’s advice should be followed regarding the use of an infrared sauna with type 2 diabetes.

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Is it safe to use the sauna while breastfeeding?

Though your doctor should always be consulted, it is generally recommended to keep your infrared sauna trips short and infrequent, and to even avoid breastfeeding for 24 hours after a sauna session. A good rule of thumb is to always drink plenty of water, probably more than you really want, when you are using the sauna and after you get out. Replenishing your hydration and electrolyte levels will help you stay healthy and benefit from your time in sauna.

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Is it safe to use the sauna while pregnant?

Pregnancy can often come along with an aching back, sore feet, and some general discomfort of the body. With caution, a sauna may be a relaxing experience for women who are pregnant, but only with the supervision of your doctor.

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Health FAQs

Can infrared saunas treat blood clot disorders?

Always get the treatment recommended by the doctor. Patients should consider additional treatment such as using an infrared sauna. In addition to medical treatments, an infrared sauna can help the user lose any excess weight that can cause dangerous blood clots.

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How Infrared Saunas Can Help With Hyperacusis

Reducing stress in paramount to helping hyperacusis symptoms. A stressed body will embrace panic attacks and spells of crying. The annoyance of pain in the ears will cause this stress before too long. Relaxing heat from an infrared sauna, uses invisible light spectrums to heat the body and ease pain away. The pain in the ears will slowly vanish with a 20 minute session. With the pain gone, stress will fade away, leaving the user calm and content.

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Can saunas treat yeast infections?

Infrared sauna sits may provide relief to women experiencing other side-effects that may linger following a yeast infection. If you are new to sauna sits, it is recommended that first-time users spend no more between five and 10 minutes. As you get more and more used to the heat, you can slowly increase the time you spend in the infrared sauna to up to about 20 minutes.

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Are saunas bad for your lungs?

Saunas are a relaxing option for anyone looking for alternative treatment for healthy lung function. If you are new to sauna sits, it is recommended that first-time users spend no more between five and 10 minutes. As you get more and more used to the heat, you can slowly increase the time you spend in a sauna to up to about 20 minutes.

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What toxins can saunas remove?

Infrared saunas are incredible toxin removers. High-penetrating heat used regularly will remove undesirable toxins from the body with ease. Mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium are just a few examples of heavy metals that find their way into the body from daily activity and calorie intake that can be removed with regular sauna usage.

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Can sauna use ease herniated disc pain?

Most patients with a herniated disc are offered treatment that will not involve any invasive surgery. The major treatments suggested are relaxation, painkillers, physical therapy, and exercise. While painkillers may dull the pain, they can be dangerous with numerous side effects and possibly even addiction. The easiest way to relieve the pain from a herniated disc is with warm relaxing heat, like from an infrared sauna.

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Can infrared saunas benefit athletes?

The short answer is “Yes, absolutely!” Did you know that the highest sports stars and professional athletes all invest in infrared saunas? That’s right! As muscles and joints are heavily strained during sporting events, infrared heat helps rejuvenate them at a rapid pace.

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Are saunas good at reducing inflammation?

Inflammation can cause high levels of pain. Inflammation in the muscles is one form of pain that a sauna can relieve because infrared saunas increase circulation in the body, causing the stiff muscles to relax.

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Will infrared saunas help a sinus infection?

Few things can knock you out like a sinus infection. The pressure, the congestion, the nose blowing, any symptom is enough to ruin an otherwise good day. But Good Health Saunas' infrared saunas can help you beat a debilitating sinus infection with a one-two punch.

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What do doctors say about infrared saunas?

After observing the results obtained by patients using infrared saunas, world-renowned physician and author, Dr. Sherry A. Rodgers, M.D., had this to say about infrared saunas, “No surgery, no drug is available to give this type of therapeutic result. The whole family can use the infrared sauna.”  

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Benefits FAQs

Allergy Relief: How Infrared Heat Helps

Infrared heat is an invisible electromagnetic wave with a wavelength longer than that of visible light that helps improve blood flow. Saunas cause vigorous sweating and an increased heart rate, similar to the effects triggered by moderate exercise. If you cannot tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna, a more accessible way to achieve these effects would be through an infrared sauna because they produce the same results at lower temperatures. Researchers have concluded that infrared heat may serve as a treatment option for allergic rhinitis and could help to improve symptoms for people who suffer from it.

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How Saunas Can Relieve Daily Stress

Symptoms of stress include muscle tension, headaches and high blood pressure. Studies have found that regular sauna use can lower the risk of high blood pressure, and are a relaxing option for those who need to reduce their stress levels. People who enjoy regular sauna sessions are advised to drink lots of water before and after use to stay properly hydrated.

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How Infrared Saunas Help You Sleep Better

A regular sleep pattern is vital to everyone’s health. A good night’s rest is one of the essential building blocks to healthy daily habits and decisions, and the exercise your body feels from an infrared sauna session can help increase your deep sleep at night.

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Can infrared saunas help heal scars?

Scar tissue over time can be reduced in size and the noticeable red color with an infrared sauna treatment daily. The treatment benefits health to such a great degree that healing the scars is only one of the numerous benefits. If a new cut has taken place in the skin, the infrared sauna can also help prevent noticeable scar tissue from forming in the first place.

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What is Chromotherapy?

Chromotherapy, also called color therapy, is the use of color and light to gently bring about homeostasis. Color and light is applied to specific areas and accupoints on the body.

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Benefits Of Post-Workout Sauna Time

You may not be surprised to learn that combining the two, a great workout followed by a relaxing sauna session, could increase the benefits of both! When adding time in the sauna to your workout regimen, you can keep your heart rake up, maximizing the cardio benefits of your workout. The deep-penetrating heat of an infrared sauna can also help improve your circulation and expel any waste accumulated during your workout. Plus, the heat will push deep into your muscles to alleviate any inflammation and expediting recovery of muscles aches and soreness.

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Buying Guide FAQs

Carbon vs. Ceramic Heaters

There are extreme differences between traditional ceramic heaters in older saunas, and the carbon heaters used in Infrared Saunas. Carbon heaters can operate at a lower temperature due to the heating wavelength of infrared technology. The traditional ceramic heaters have to heat up well over 150 degrees to heat the entire sauna. Sweating occurs at around 115 degrees, so it is not recommended to sit inside a traditional ceramic sauna for very long.

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What is the best infrared sauna with low EMF?

The world and even the human body all naturally produce EMF. EMF is an electromagnetic field. Most technology produces higher artificial electromagnetic fields. EMFs are measured as wavelengths. The high end of the spectrum have waves that are taller and closer together. This radiation from the field is intense and can damage the body. On the other end, low EMF produces long, wide wavelengths. These pass through a body with barely any reaction within the system. Good Health Saunas produces saunas with very low EMF readings. The electromagnetic field was tested and approved by Vitatech Electromagnetics.

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Are infrared saunas expensive to own?

An kWH of energy for an hour in most US states on average is less than 12 cents. Using our infrared sauna based on 12 cents per kilowatt hour the average cost to operate a 20 amp sauna is 20 cents per hour. Always check your local prices when determining final numbers for your budget. Infrared saunas are affordable to run and will not break the bank.

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How do infrared saunas work?

Infrared saunas use safe, deep-penetrating far-infrared (FIR) light. Far-infrared saunas recreate a narrow band of light naturally produced by the sun. High quality heating elements are located in infrared saunas, which include a combination of carbon and ceramic heaters. Although you can’t see the infrared light being emitted by these heating elements, you quickly begin to feel a warming sensation in your skin, muscles, and tissues throughout your body.

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How much do infrared saunas cost?

Many Good Health Saunas range between $3-5k. As with any purchase, you’ll get what you pay for. At GHS, we’re proud to offer high-quality, effective saunas that deliver real results. From the materials that go into your sauna, to the benefits you’ll get from it, we work hard to ensure that your sauna is a high-value purchase at an affordable cost.

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How hot do infrared saunas get?

All Good Health Saunas infrared saunas come equipped with high-quality and effective Certified Carbon Heaters and Certified High-End Ceramic Heaters. Together, they can heat the cabin of your sauna to 150°F. However, the ideal running temp is much lower—around 110°F to 130°F. But here’s the best part, you don’t have to wait for your sauna to heat up to begin reaping the benefits. Once your sauna is on, it’s already emitting the infrared energy that’s responsible for weight loss, pain relief, detoxification and other significant health benefits.

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Infrared Sauna vs. Sun Rays

An infrared sauna’s health benefits are all caused by the thermal energy you feel when you sit in its dry, relaxing warmth. That soothing heat may feel similar to the warmth of soft sunlight, but don’t be fooled, an infrared sauna’s heat is very different than the sun’s rays. Sun rays include a spectrum of light: ultraviolet light, visible light, and infrared. Each type of radiation is experienced in different ways and has different effects on the human body.

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Infrared Sauna vs. Traditional Sauna

Traditional saunas work by heating the surface of the skin, which then warms the underlying muscles and tissues. Too much time in a traditional sauna can cause heat-related exhaustion and dehydration. In contrast to traditional saunas, the infrared energy in infrared saunas directly heats the skin, tissues, and muscles without the need to dramatically warm the air around you.

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What is an infrared sauna?

We are so glad you asked! Infrared saunas use safe, deep-penetrating far-infrared (FIR) light energy to gently soothe pain in deep tissues, muscles, and joints. And they are life changing. Since they deliver radiant heat infrared saunas have been found to help patients reach a number of health and wellness goals.

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Company FAQs

Does the company have a lifetime heater warranty with local service?

As with everything, things can go wrong with your sauna once in a while (from heating elements to electrical elements, etc.) It’s important to know whether or not you can get that fixed for free once something like that occurs. For example, GHS has a lifetime warranty to ensure that when something goes wrong, we can help you and fix the problem as quickly as possible.

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Do the saunas have a 15-20 minute heat up time?

In order to make sure your sauna session is effective, it’s important to wait until the sauna is fully warmed up. For the typical sauna (GHS included), it takes about 15-20 minutes to get the air warm, and to ensure the heat emitters are running at their full capacity and power.

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Do the saunas have certified tempered glass for safety and efficiency?

Tempered glass has been treated by heat or chemicals to increase it’s strength. Because of the process it goes through, it has maximum durability and is perfect for use in saunas. Additionally, if for some reason it was to ever break, it would break in small fragments instead of jagged, large pieces. Be sure any sauna you consider buying has tempered glass (specifically certified to be positive it is actually tempered), to ensure the safest sauna session for you and your family.

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Do the saunas have 360 degree heat penetration?

When it comes to the experience of a sauna, you want it to be the most relaxing time of your day, and for it to provide the best health benefits at the same time. One of the best ways to do this is to have 360° heat penetration coming from your infrared sauna heaters. With heaters surrounding you and hitting you from all angles, the infrared waves will touch every part of your body, maximizing the benefits of your sauna session!

Do the saunas have ceramic and low emf carbon heaters?

EMF, or Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) are energy waves that are emitted in saunas. It is so important for safety purposes that the sauna you buy has a low/ virtually no EMF emitted. The EMF levels from your sauna heaters need to be as close to 0mg as possible. Many companies provide an EMF report like this, verifying that their saunas are safe to use.

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Do the saunas use certified red cedar/hemlock wood?

It’s important to make sure your sauna is made from quality materials. Look out for the word “certified” when it comes to the type of wood, heaters, and glass used. For example, GHS uses certified Red Cedar/Hemlock Wood, certified ceramic and carbon heaters and certified tempered glass. Remember that when using an infrared sauna that gives off intense heat, it’s good to check all of your boxes when dealing with the materials used in the construction of the sauna. You want to keep you and your family safe at all times.

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Is the company ETL approved?

ETL approval is a mark of compliance for a company. When a company has an ETL certification, it shows and proves that their product (in this case, saunas), have been independently tested and meet all national standards. These standards include CSA, CGA, NFPA, NSF, and UL (to name a few) for all medical and electrical devices – all of which guarantee public safety.

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Does the company have delivery/setup included?

Setting up your sauna should not be a hassle for you – so you want to make sure the delivery and installation of your new sauna will be timely, easy, and an over all hassle-free experience. Be sure to ask if there’s a window of time in which delivery is to take place, how long it will take, if they will set it up or if you’re responsible, etc.

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Does the company have a good bbb review?

Take a look at their BBB rating and social media reviews to make sure that customers have been happy with their sauna purchase from whatever company you’re looking to buy from. Be sure to read thoroughly through and ask the company any questions about concerns that arise.

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Does the company have a local distributor?

When purchasing a sauna, you want to be sure to view all of the features in person – so finding a local distributor before you purchase is important. Many companies, such as GHS, also attend tradeshows (expos, state fairs, etc.) all over the US, so it is easy to find somewhere in your area to view a potential new infrared sauna!