Saunas and steam rooms are highly sought after residential and commercial amenities, yet the planning and designing of the rooms and specifying of equipment remains a mystery to many. Recognizing this, Helo and parent company TyloHelo Inc. developed a continuing education course with AEC Daily to help professionals earn continuing education units while learning the basics of sauna and steam bath design.
Beginning with the basics, the course starts with an overview of the history of heat bathing and proceeds to differentiate between traditional sauna, infrared sauna, and steam rooms. For example, a traditional sauna is a wood-lined room with two or three levels of benches and a heater containing rocks over which water can be ladled. Traditional saunas are typically 165 to 190 degrees and 10 – 20% humidity. Infrared saunas typically have one level of benches and are heated with infrared emitters integral with the sauna walls. Infrared rooms operate at lower temperatures than traditional saunas and are completely dry—125 to 145 degrees and the same humidity as the house itself. Steam showers and steam rooms are typically tiled (or other waterproof surface) rooms that are completely enclosed in waterproof materials. Steam rooms are often between 110 and 120 degrees and 100% humidity.
Understanding the differences in the rooms and type of heat bathing helps architects, contractors, and owners to proceed with planning the best type of heat bathing for their application. Many architects and designers who focus on bathroom remodels are being asked to provide upgraded shower facilities and home spa features, like saunas; and after taking this course, they will be able to better understand how to include saunas and steam showers in more of their projects.
Keith Raisanen, President of Helo, stated, "Sauna has long been a favorite at health clubs, and as people bring the spa experience home, more architects are being introduced to the design elements of sauna. This course will help provide a solid foundation of knowledge from which design can begin.”
To learn more about Helo, visit a local Helo dealer, or call 800-882-4352. If you are an architect or contractor interested in taking the course for credit, click the link below: