Short answer: Yes!
After a long winter cooped up indoors, people are longing to get outside and soak up a little Vitamin D. They, however, are wondering if they can soak up the far infrared rays of their infrared saunas outdoors.
And who could blame them?
Again, the answer is Yes, you can set up your infrared sauna outside, but there are some things you should consider first, namely—the warranty, the power supply, and the effect the elements will have on your sauna.
But having set up many infrared saunas outside, we have some tips for you. Let’s go!
Check your warranty
Most infrared saunas come with some sort of warranty, and many come with a lifetime warranty. Check the fine print of your warranty, however—most have a clause for outdoor storage that will void it if stored outside.
There are ways around this, too. For instance, at Sauna Cloud, if you want to keep your infrared sauna outside and keep your lifetime warranty, all you need to do is use the canvas cover we provide.
You can also purchase our Sanctuary Outdoor infrared sauna [insert link]. We cover our outdoor saunas with a 5 year warranty on all outdoor parts and a lifetime warranty on all indoor parts.
Bottom line—Check the details of your warranty or call customer service before setting up your sauna outside!
The effects of sunlight on your infrared sauna
Believe it or not, the UV rays of the sun are usually more harsh to the exterior wood of the sauna than anything else; besides a hurricane! Long-term exposure to sunlight can affect the look of the exterior wood. It won’t necessarily harm the functional aspects of your sauna, but can have a negative effect on the appearance.
Again, using a canvas cover can keep the sun from bleach the wood.
Bottom line—Different wood reacts differently to exposure to sunlight.
The effects of rain and snow on your infrared sauna
Snow in the Spring?! Depending on where you live, the elements can be harsh on the wood of your infrared sauna.
While it’s true that most infrared saunas are designed to withstand some moisture, if pools of water are left standing on top of or around the base of your sauna, you may seem some negative effects like mold or warped wood. Usually this won’t affect the actual operation of the sauna, but you’ll need to check with your model.
Bottom line—Keep the rain and snow off with a cover to stop the moisture from lying directly on top of the wood for extended periods of time.
Again, we can’t speak for all infrared saunas, but every model we Sauna Cloud requires at least a 120 volt plug. I used to think that 110 volt and 120 volt plugs were the same (whoops!), but they’re not. 110-volt plugs have the two vertical plugs and 120-volt plugs have three prongs (with one horizontal and one vertical). Like this:
It’s pretty easy to install a 120-volt outlet, but most homes in the United States don’t come standard with them outdoors, so you’ll need to account for that.
Here’s a ridiculously thorough resource on electrical outlets, if you’re interested.
Bottom line—Make sure you have the right plugs in place for your saunas power requirements.
We can’t speak for every type of infrared sauna, but most of our saunas weigh between 500-1000 lbs and take up at least 4′ x 4′. Make sure that the surface you’re going to put your sauna on can handle the weight.
For detailed specifications on all our different sauna models, including drawings, check out our product pages.
Buy a sauna specifically designed for outdoor use!
Yes, we saved the best for last. If you’re keen on permanently storing your infrared sauna, why not buy one that’s specifically designed to stand up to the elements?
Our newest line of IR saunas, the outdoor sanctuary line, are purpose-built for the outdoors. The main differences between our traditional line of saunas are:
• Composite wood made out of plastic to make sure the outside of your sauna does not leak or fade.
• 1000 pound sauna that will not be moved or destroyed by the outside elements.
• 4 500 watt full spectrum heaters to make sure your sauna can heat up even in the coldest environments.
If you’re interested in learning more about outdoor saunas, please don’t hesitate to request a catalogue or get in touch with us.