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Identifying the highest quality heater that maximizes health benefits.

The Three Types of Far Infrared Sauna Heaters

There is a multitude of different types of Far Infrared heaters for a multitude of applications. Infrared heaters consist mainly of passing a current through a material like ceramic or carbon, so the material is energized to radiate invisible far-infrared light. Obviously, in a sauna, we want to look for the heater that most closely matches the human body’s output of far infrared. We produce our own far-infrared light in the form of body heat at exactly 9.4 microns. Makes sense that your body would have zero resistance to body heat so you want to look for a heater that most closely matches the body. You want a heater that emits 9.4 microns of far infrared light 85% of the time or better. Having an understanding of each sauna heater technology will make your sauna heater decision easier.

So what are the different types of heaters used to create far infrared light? The three main types of infrared sauna heaters are Ceramic, steel Incoloy & carbon.

Ceramic Infrared Sauna Heaters were the first mainstream heater for sauna application as you recall in the 1950s. This is the only infrared sauna technology that we had for more than fifty years. Ceramic infrared sauna heaters are long skinny tubes that when we pass a current through the ceramic compounds of the sauna heaters they begin generating intense heat. Ceramic material is a powerful energy conductor that allows ceramic materials to absorb and radiate infrared better than any other material. Ceramic sauna heaters are made in two ways one is similar to light bulbs in shape and emits light in 360 degrees around the bulb. Sauna companies using these heaters place reflective metal trays behind these heaters to bounce light back into the sauna room and Metal Face Plates designed to protect the sauna user actually blocks infrared transmission. These ceramic heaters can contain cement and asbestos. The other type of ceramic heater has a high glass content that uses concave ceramic heaters that are able to spread infrared heat waves in a 180º pattern. These ceramic heaters emit a bandwidth of far infrared light between 5 to 15 microns equally and can have surface temperatures between 350 and 400 °F. EMF levels in these saunas are high due to insufficient EMF shielding a non-canceling wire and non-insulating metal surface. A significant problem with a ceramic heater in a sauna environment is that the heater gets too hot and can cause a blistering burn if you get too close. As these heaters age, they can develop fine lines and cracks that can turn into cherry red charcoals an obvious fire hazard if they are not replaced in a timely manner anywhere between 2 years and 5 years. These cherry-red charcoals that develop on Ceramic emitters get so hot that they have scorched the backrests of saunas. Unfortunately, technology has not developed a safety shutoff sensor to alert users of defects in the ceramic. The amount of heat coming from the ceramic heater creates a convection environment causing stress on the body limiting your desired health benefits and sweat production. Being too hot in the sauna will also limit your comfort and time spent in the sauna. The bandwidth of far infrared light in ceramic heaters is so wide, there are limitations of the health benefits you get from each sauna session.
The next type of heater you may see is the Steel/Incoloy Rod Heaters:
Similar to ceramic heaters in design. Steel Incoloy rod heaters are the least expensive heater at the manufacturing level. These are commonly made from Incoloy, steel, and silica sand that tends to short out screw thread inserts that join the current to the heater. These heaters get extremely hot and always have reflector trays to bounce light into the room and to protect surrounding surfaces from a potential fire hazard. The downfall with this emitter is the high heat shortens the far-infrared wave well below 5 microns. These infrared heaters are used in many commercial applications like curing paint, commercial foodservice, to indoor and outdoor space heating to name a few. Incoloy rod heaters have a short lifespan usually 1 to 2 years and EMF levels are high due to insufficient EMF shielding and non-insulating metal surface. Ceramic heaters and Incoloy heaters should never be placed on the floor of a sauna. The Infrared light spectrum produced by Incoloy heat emitters is too broad to really maximize the effectiveness of sauna use and is only used by a handful of manufacturers. The design of ceramic or steel Incoloy saunas limits your body’s exposure to direct infrared coverage of the shoulders, neck, and head. You really want to make sure that you maximize your cell-to-cell skin exposure to biophoton far-infrared light.
Far Infrared Carbon Panel Heaters.
Today, not only are saunas standard equipment in gyms, health spas, and hotels but infrared sauna therapy is regularly used at hospitals and university clinics. In the early 2000s, far Infrared Sauna bathing has developed into a regular form of treatment complementing everything from physical therapeutic measures, cardiac disorders, and circulatory maladies, to complementary cancer treatment and the treatment of Lyme Parasite, Mold toxicity, Metal toxicity, and a multitude of other ailments. I talk more about these in the Health Benefits section of our website. Your body effectively and efficiently absorbs infrared light at 9.4 microns exactly because the human body produces far-infrared light at exactly 9.4 microns in the form of body heat. That’s right the whole point of using any far infrared sauna is to absorb body heat. Makes sense that if you charge the body with its own energy, your body, in turn, will have all the energy needed to bring the body to a level of homeostasis. In choosing your heater, you really want to maximize your health benefits in the shortest amount of time. As you shop the many far infrared sauna companies, you will want to ask,
“What is the bandwidth of far infrared light emitted from your heaters and how often?”

The shorter and longer waves of the far-infrared 5 to 15-micron bandwidth have little to no health benefits as they are not absorbed as readily and do not pass as deeply as the proper 9.4-micron bandwidth of far infrared light.

Carbon fiber heaters were a huge technology change in the sauna industry that introduced a more even distribution of heat and solved the safety issues of overheating ceramic elements and hot spots that could scorch the sauna walls and backrests. The malleability of carbon meant the surface area could be expanded for a fuller whole body coverage when positioned around the body, for cell to cell charging. Fiber carbon heaters also made sauna usage more energy-efficient costing owners half that of a traditional sauna. The introduction of fiber carbon panels presented a safer more efficient way of delivering far infrared more closely tuned to the human body. Many infrared carbon sauna heater panels on the market use the first carbon panel technology that was introduced around 2007. The first carbon heaters still used today are the least expensive carbon heating panel. These heaters emit a bandwidth of far infrared light from 5 to 15 microns with a concentrated emission of the desired 9.4 microns approximately 50% of the time.

In recent years, CelebrationSaunas.com, Inc. & Golden Designs, Inc. has developed the Biophoton, Nano-carbon heater technology that produces the desired 9.4 microns of light 87% of the time. As you choose your sauna and research the multitude of sauna companies out there. A good way to differentiate each company and the quality of their sauna heaters is to ask, “What is the micron range of your heaters?”

Types of Carbon Heaters:

First Generation Carbon Heaters: If the micron range of a carbon sauna heater is between 5 and 15 microns you are looking at 1st generation heaters. 1st generation heaters have a larger surface than their ceramic counterpart and are made by impregnating carbon between two fiberglass sheets. The EMF output on these heaters can be over 100mG. The life expectancy of this older heater technology is about 2 years.

Second-generation carbon heater technology, the micron range has narrowed to 7 to 14 microns. These heaters are made from the same fiberglass as their predecessor but instead use nano-carbon ink. Due to industry demand, the EMF output on these heaters is significantly lower ranging from 10 to 35 mG depending on the manufacturing specifications. It’s a good idea to ask what the EMF levels are in the sauna you choose. The life expectancy of these heaters is about 5 years.

Third-generation carbon heater technology and 2nd generation nano-carbon heater technology meet Low EMF technology. The Micron range has narrowed further 8 to 10 microns and the EMF levels are under 10 milligauss (mG). These are the most common heaters used in-home saunas. These carbon heaters are durable enough to last 50 years.

Fourth Generation and the Newest heater technology. If you are looking at sauna heaters that are 8 to 10 microns emitting exactly 9.4 microns of far infrared light 87% of the time and the EMF levels are near 0 or 0.3 you are looking at the newest Biophoton, Nano-carbon heater technology available. Biophoton Nano-carbon heaters are thin, wide, and lightweight. These heaters use all non-toxic materials, have extraordinarily low EMF levels, and are very energy efficient. Biophoton Nano-carbon sauna heaters are hospital grade where an EMF of 0 is required as we do encounter EMF-sensitive clients. Biophoton Nano-carbon far infrared heaters are extremely durable and have an average life expectancy of 50 years.

As you shop, you will want to look for heaters that will maximize the peak human output of 9.4 microns of far infrared light. A biophoton far infrared sauna will allow you to sweat more quickly at significantly lower temperatures as perfectly tuned far-infrared light vibrates through the body charging all the cells in its path. Far infrared applied to the water molecules of our bodies excites the molecule causing ionic bonds to break down and release encapsulated toxins. This same far-infrared radiant heat increases your core to an immune-boosting, low-grade fever and an invigorating toxin releasing sweat, more comfortably than ever before.

For us, end-to-end manufacturing means that we make our own heaters. Our factory produces our own Biophoton Zero EMF sauna heating panels instead of relying on a third party ensuring only best quality, non-toxic materials are used. These Biophotons are the foundation of how we’ve designed our heaters. We wanted a heater that would deliver you the most health benefits in the shortest period of time. We have made it our mission to produce a heater that creates these essential Biophotons to heal your body from the inside out while still durable enough to last long into the future (an average life expectancy of 50 years). The fruit of our efforts is our exclusive cutting-edge Biophoton Nano Carbon Heater Technology that produces Biophoton Far Infrared light at 9.4 microns at a rate of 87%, maximizing your health benefits in the shortest amount of time. As gentle, soothing biophotons penetrate the body they charge every cell to its maximum capacity allowing each cell the energy to bring itself to a level of homeostasis. Many of our clients tell us they feel differences in their skin, their pain, their energy, and their sleep in as little as one session.

Our Biophoton heaters are manufactured with 7 layers of compression. This seals the carbon within the middle of these layers and lowers EMF output. We use an opposing EMF layer to the backside of the heater to negate EMF coming off the front. Our home saunas emit 10mG at the heater and 5mG at the bench. Our commercial hospital-grade saunas emit 1.6mG at the heater and 0.3mG at the bench.

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