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How to Choose the Right Outdoor Sauna for Your Climate

Outdoor saunas offer numerous benefits, from relaxation and stress relief to improved circulation and overall well-being. However, when it comes to choosing the right outdoor sauna for your climate, there are several factors to consider. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of selecting the perfect sauna for your specific climate and needs.

Understanding Outdoor Sauna Types

Before diving into the specifics of choosing a sauna for your climate, let’s explore the different types of outdoor saunas available:

Traditional Saunas

Traditional 1 Person Sauna

Traditional saunas, also known as Finnish saunas, use a wood-burning or electric heater to create a hot, steamy environment. These saunas typically operate at high temperatures, ranging from 160°F to 200°F (71°C to 93°C). The Traditional Saunas Collection offers a variety of sizes and styles to suit your needs.

One standout option is the Traditional 1 Person Sauna, perfect for solo relaxation sessions. For a more spacious experience, consider the Traditional 2 Person Sauna, which allows you to enjoy the benefits of a traditional sauna with a partner or friend.

Traditional 2 Person Sauna

Infrared Saunas

Heavenly Heat 1 Person Infrared Sauna

Infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit radiant heat, which is absorbed directly by the body. These saunas operate at lower temperatures compared to traditional saunas, typically between 120°F and 140°F (49°C to 60°C). The Far Infrared (FIR) Saunas Collection showcases a range of infrared sauna options.

The Heavenly Heat 1 Person Infrared Sauna is a compact and efficient choice for personal use, while the Heavenly Heat 2 Person Infrared Sauna provides ample space for sharing the infrared sauna experience with a loved one.

Heavenly Heat 2 Person Infrared Sauna

Combination Saunas

For those who want the best of both worlds, combination saunas offer the benefits of both traditional and infrared heating. The Combination Saunas Collection features saunas that incorporate both heating methods, allowing you to customize your sauna experience.

The Combination 1 Person Sauna is a versatile option for solo sauna sessions, while the Combination 2 Person Sauna offers flexibility and space for shared sauna experiences.

Combination 2 Person Sauna

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Outdoor Sauna

When selecting an outdoor sauna for your climate, there are several key factors to keep in mind:

  1. Climate and weather conditions: Consider the typical temperature range, humidity levels, and precipitation in your area. These factors will influence the type of sauna that will work best for your climate.
  2. Available space and location: Determine the available space you have for your outdoor sauna and consider the location. Ensure that the sauna is placed on a level, stable surface and has proper drainage to prevent water accumulation.
  3. Desired sauna size and capacity: Think about how many people will be using the sauna simultaneously. Choose a sauna size that comfortably accommodates your needs, whether it’s a solo retreat or a shared experience with family and friends.
  4. Preferred heating method: Decide whether you prefer the traditional sauna experience with high temperatures and humidity or the gentler heat of an infrared sauna. If you want the flexibility to choose between the two, a combination sauna may be the ideal choice.
  5. Budget and investment: Outdoor saunas come in a range of prices, depending on the size, materials, and features. Determine your budget and consider the long-term investment in your health and well-being.

Outdoor Saunas for Cold Climates

If you live in a cold climate, you’ll want to choose an outdoor sauna that offers excellent insulation and heat retention. Look for saunas with thick, high-quality walls and efficient heating systems to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable sauna experience, even in chilly temperatures.

The Outdoor 2 Person Sauna is an excellent choice for cold climates, featuring sturdy construction and effective insulation to keep the heat inside.

Outdoor 2 Person Sauna

When considering an outdoor sauna for a cold climate, pay attention to the heating efficiency and power requirements. A sauna with a powerful heater will ensure that your sauna reaches the desired temperature quickly and maintains it throughout your session.

Outdoor Saunas for Hot and Humid Climates

In hot and humid climates, ventilation and airflow are crucial factors to consider when choosing an outdoor sauna. Opt for saunas with well-designed ventilation systems that allow for proper air circulation, preventing the buildup of excess moisture and ensuring a comfortable sauna experience.

Moisture resistance and durability are also important considerations in hot and humid environments. Look for saunas constructed with materials that can withstand high humidity levels and resist moisture damage, such as cedar or other weather-resistant woods.

For hot climates, infrared saunas or combination saunas with adjustable temperature settings may be more comfortable, as they allow you to enjoy the benefits of a sauna at lower temperatures compared to traditional saunas.

Outdoor Sauna Maintenance and Care

To keep your outdoor sauna in top condition and extend its lifespan, regular maintenance and care are essential. Here are some tips for maintaining your outdoor sauna:

  1. Regular cleaning: Sweep or vacuum the sauna interior regularly to remove dirt and debris. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe down the surfaces, benches, and backrests.
  2. Weatherproofing: Apply a weather-resistant sealant or stain to the exterior of your sauna to protect it from the elements. Re-apply the sealant or stain as needed, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Moisture management: After each use, leave the sauna door open to allow for proper ventilation and drying. If your sauna has a drainage system, ensure that it is functioning properly to prevent water accumulation.
  4. Inspect and repair: Regularly inspect your sauna for any signs of wear, damage, or leaks. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the longevity of your outdoor sauna.


Choosing the right outdoor sauna for your climate involves considering factors such as sauna type, insulation, ventilation, and moisture resistance. By understanding your climate’s specific needs and selecting a sauna that meets those requirements, you can create the perfect outdoor sauna experience.

Explore Heavenly Heat Saunas’ outdoor sauna collection to find the ideal sauna for your climate and preferences.

Outdoor Sauna Collection

Visit the Heavenly Heat Saunas website for more information and to shop for the perfect sauna that will transform your outdoor space into a haven of relaxation and well-being.

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