The Sauna Experience
Materials and Installation
Time and Money
What is the appropriate temperature for a sauna?
Temperature range depends on user's preference, but is typically between 150
and 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Tylö Combi is a Steam sauna. The difference is that you enjoy a steam
sauna at a lower temperature, but with much higher humidity (up to 70%).
In practice, this means a gentle, more relaxing bathing sensation. To
enjoy the relaxing properties of a steam sauna at home, simply choose a Tylö
Combi heater. Its the perfect choice for all types of sauna bathing - dry,
wet, or in clouds of soothing steam. And you can enhance the experience
with the fragrance of natural herbs or liquid essences.
How long should I stay in the sauna?
Use common sense as to what feels comfortable. Typically,
stay in the sauna for 10-15 minutes, step out and cool off, then return to the sauna for another "inning." Repeat as desired. Don't overdo it. Set the temperature and humidity level to your comfort level. If you begin to feel uncomfortable, leave the sauna and cool off.
In the traditional Finish fashion you will enter the sauna
again after you have relaxed and repeat the cycle.....perhaps doing this cycle
two or three times as your time allows.
Can I pour water on the rocks on Tylö's heaters?
Yes, absolutely. Not only is it okay, it is an essential part of the sauna
experience. But, you can enjoy the benefits of the sauna and steam by
using a Tylö Combi heater. This Steam sauna variation is a heater we highly
recommend. The difference is that you enjoy a steam sauna at a lower
temperature, but with much higher humidity (up to 70%). In practice, this
means a more gentle, more relaxing bathing sensation. To enjoy the
relaxing properties of a steam sauna at home, simply choose a Tylö Combi heater.
Its the perfect choice for all types of sauna bathing - dry, wet, or in clouds
of soothing steam. And you can enhance the experience with the fragrance
of natural herbs or liquid essences.
What should I do after my sauna?
Relax.....Take a shower or bath to cleanse your skin of salts and residues left behind. A cool rinse will close your pores and leave you feeling refreshed. Don't forget to moisturize your hair and skin with a lotion rubdown. Drink water, mineral water, fruit or vegetable juice to replace lost fluid.
In the traditional Finish fashion you will enter the sauna again after you have
relaxed and repeat the cycle.....perhaps doing this cycle two or three times as
your time allows.
What about health problems?
Consult your physician if you have a history of heart problems, high blood pressure or other health problems.
What is the #1 most common benefit mentioned by sauna users?
How to take a Sauna?
- When taking a
Sauna allow time to
Remove clothing and
- Some sauna
bathers enjoy the
soothing effects of
by splashing water
on the heated sauna
only one dipper full
cup) at a time and
take care to keep
clear of the steam
as it rises off the
- Do not pour
chlorinated pool or
spa water on the the
heater or corrosion
- After 10 minutes
or when perspiring
freely, leave sauna
and relax in the
dressing area, followed
with a warm shower.
- Enter sauna room
again when ready and
stay 5 or 10
- Repeat the cycle
2 or 3 times; end
with a warm shower
and rinse in cool
- Dress when
completely dry and
- Do not smoke,
exercise or drink
in the sauna room.
- The sauna, like
a bathroom, should
be kept clean and
- Towels or mats
should always be
used on benches and
the soft wood.
- Air out the
sauna often by
keeping the door and
vents open when the
sauna is not in use.
Saunas that are in
daily use should be
washed down at least
once a week to keep
them clean and the
Duckboard should be
removed from the
sauna, the sauna
floor mopped and
dried in a
and the duckboard
and dried before
returning to the
The sauna heater
should be wiped down
occasionally with a
damp cloth to remove
lint and dust.
The rocks should be
removed once a year
for cleaning and
small or crumbled
- To clean
use soap or
detergent in warm
water, best applied
with a scrub brush.
surfaces may require
paper wrapped around
a wooden block works
- Benches and
must be inspected
deterioration dur to
age, dry rot or
boards with signs of
immediately to avoid
Does the sauna need a drain?
No, it is not necessary since you will not have water on the floor. If you
are building from new a drain can be a nice feature in that it allows any excess
water to go down the drain when you are cleaning.
What kind of floor is appropriate in a sauna?
Cement, tile, marble - anything that will not absorb water or outgas. Never use carpet.
How do I determine the size of the heater?
Take L x W x H to calculate cubic footage, and then find the correct heater on the
Tylö heater sizing chart. Call Northwestsauna and we will be glad to
What type of circuit breaker should I use?
Standard breakers, properly sized for the heater according to the National Electric Code.
Why do you recommend Aspen and Nordic White Spruce?
These woods make your sauna a beautiful, low-maintenance
haven. Aspen and Nordic White Spruce are tight-grained and creates a clean,
spacious, contemporary look. When heated they emits a subtle forest scent, resists staining, discoloration and odor
absorption as well as being easy to maintain. These woods are comfortable
to the touch at high temperatures, and will not splinter.
What is the average cost to operate?
If used 3 times/week, a 6 kW heater will use about $6/month. A 2.1 kW heater would use about $1.50/month.
What is the average heat-up time for a sauna?
A sauna typically heats up in 30-45 minutes. During this time period the rocks will be properly heated – for soft heat and soft steam – and the wood interior will be comfortably heated, too.
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