Infrared Sauna Buying Guide

Saunas have been the rage in the last couple of decades, infrared saunas, in particular. These are considered “new” technology because it hasn’t been that long when they were first introduced commercially. However, it is one of the best types of sauna to buy if you are looking to get one installed at your very own home because of their efficiency, budget friendliness and availability.

What is infrared?

Infrared is a natural source of heat. It is safe and will not cause any harm to us so using it as a heat source for saunas was definitely a great idea and one that is fluorishing because of how popular they’ve become. Infrared light is part of the spectrum of light emitted by the sun and it is very different from ultraviolet rays. UV can be dangerous while infrared is very safe.

Far Infrared vs Near Infrared Saunas

You will come across the terms far infrared and near infrared when you are shopping for a sauna and they both have advantages and disadvantages over the other. Far infrared is often called FIR saunas.

Basically, far infrared is the long wavelength in the infrared wave spectrum and near infrared is the short wavelength. One of the main difference between the two and the simplest way to describe them is that near infrared does not get as hot as far infrared.

Infrared Heaters

There are 2 major types of heaters found in an infrared sauna, carbon fiber and ceramic. Ceramic heaters are considered inferior when compared to carbon fiber due to the way they function.

Carbon fiber heaters are more efficient, they can produce an even heating area and they are overall better. If you are considering getting an infrared sauna, it is highly recommended that you go with carbon fiber heating panels as opposed to ceramic heaters.

Wood and Build Quality

Another important factor that you need to consider when shopping for an infrared sauna is the wood used and the overall quality of the sauna kit, after all, it is a very expensive purchase. High quality wood that won’t bend, break, bow, splinter and outgas should be what you’re looking for.

Modern infrared saunas are usually made from cedar, hemlock or pine. These are all great options and they are all very good quality.

As for the treatment of the wood, make sure that the one you buy from don’t use any chemicals because if they do, they will outgas once you heat up the sauna room. Outgassing means that toxins and other harmful chemicals that have been used in the treatment of the wood will leak and this is very bad for your health. A lot of saunas that can be bought online are safe to use but it won’t hurt to be extra vigilant when it comes to this matter.

Warranty

Lastly, warranty is very important. Warranty when it comes to sauna is something that you should be aware of. Since saunas are expensive and there are a lot of companies popping out of nowhere to sell their saunas, a good warranty that covers everything is a must.

You should find one that covers all parts of the sauna and not just some of them. Also, you should opt for companies that have been in the business for a considerable amount of time, say 8-10 years because this way, you will know that the company will be able to honor the warranty and they won’t be out of business soon.

Mattresses that You Should Definitely Consider Buying

Mattresses are such underrated pieces of furniture. I say that because when you think about it, it is the most used piece of furniture in our homes. We spend as much as a third of our day laying on one or 1/4 if we are pressed for time due to busy school or work schedules. If you are thinking of buying a new mattress, don’t buy one without doing some reading and looking out for the best product. You will thank yourself later when you get the best mattress for your money and if you get a dud, you will regret it if there is no return policy.

One of the things that you should do when you are about to buy a mattress is to read online mattress reviews. The best mattresses will always have reviews online and these reviews will help you in your search for a new mattress. Mattress review sites such as mattressreviewshq.net, reviews from Amazon and reviews from other sources will always be helpful in your search as these will help you determine which ones are good and which ones are duds.

Having said all that, here are some of my recommended mattresses and I will explain why I chose them.

Innerspring

Spring mattresses are still very common to this day and I still love them so I have one in my guest room. I sometime take a nap there and the mattress is still very comfortable.

The one that I recommend is the Dreamfoam Bedding Pocketed coil mattress. It costs a little over $500 and it is great for that price tag. It is 12 inches thick and it is made in the USA. As a bonus, it is a hybrid innerspring-memory foam mattress, meaning that the support system is made of coils and the comfort layer utilizes memory foam so you get the best of both worlds when it comes to this mattress.

The coils in the mattress are pocketed coils and there are 750 of them, which is a good number of springs in order to provide good support. I have had this mattress for over 4 years now and I must say, it holds up pretty good. It is still very comfortable and when I take a nap on it sometimes, I always wake up without any issues like back aches, numbing, shoulder pain etc. It is a great mattress for the price and if you want an innerspring, this should be on your list.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is my personal favorite. I have one that I use every night in my bedroom and it is the best for me. It is so comfortable with the way that it envelopes my body as I sleep. It is definitely one of the best purchases that I have ever made.

The memory foam that I recommend is the DynastyMattress Cool Breeze. It costs a little under $400 and it is quite surprising how a cheap mattress like this can be so wonderful. It is 12 inches thick and the foams have gone through something called CERTIPUR certification. I don’t really know about that but I’m guessing that it is a good thing. The memory foam in the mattress is 3 inches and it is called “gel memory foam” and it is supposed to help the mattress to stay cool. So far, I haven’t experienced any heat while I sleep so it must be doing its job.

This is a great mattress and I never would have considered buying it if it wasn’t for online reviews. It is very cheap and I don’t usually trust products that are cheap. However, reading some of the reviews about this mattress made me consider it and I eventually bought it because I was convinced of its good performance and I wanted to save some cash. It was a great decision.

Latex

Latex, I’m not really familiar with. I’ve only ever tried one and I don’t own it so I can’t really talk much about its quality. I once slept over at a friends house and his guest room bed had a latex mattress in it. It was great for the time I spent there and I actually asked my friend about it and he tells me that he really likes it and the one in his main bedroom is the same make and model.

This latex mattress is called the Roma latex mattress. It’s an all latex mattress that is quite expensive at over $700.  From what I tried, I liked it but I don’t think I’ll be buying it anytime soon just because it is too expensive for me but if you have the budget and you like latex, you should definitely have a look at it.

These three mattresses are what I consider to be the best when you are on a budget, at least from what I have owned and tried. Of course, there may be better mattresses out there but since I am not a professional reviewer, I can’t try them all. If you noticed, I don’t have a recommendation for air mattresses. The reason for that is that I haven’t owned one and have no plans of buying one in the near future. I think that air mattresses are very expensive, at least the ones that I know of that I think are worth buying. I only know of Sleep Number and if I am not mistaken, their beds cost thousands of dollars and I don’t have that kind of money.

Home Tools You Should Never be Without

Every homeowner should always have tools handy. It doesn’t have to be the most complete set of tools ever, you just have to have the basics, which are more than enough if you are only going to use it for simple maintenance or repairs around the house.

Investing in a tool box is always a good idea and you should always opt for one that is big and has enough room for future tools. You will fill it up eventually so why not just buy a spacious one at the start? As for the tools, you don’t have to buy the most expensive ones, just go with something that is reasonably priced but with good quality. These basic tools will be the most used and will be subject to more wear and tear so don’t buy cheap ones either.

Claw Hammer

A claw hammer for driving nails and prying is an essential part of a basic tool set. You should always go for one with a non-slip grip as it will be helpful in preventing accidents. The hammer’s weight should be balanced so try out as many as you can before deciding on which one to buy.

Pliers

Certain types of pliers are more suitable for specific jobs. Long nose pliers are great when working with wires while slip joint pliers are good for holding, bending and for tightening or loosening a nut.

Screwdriver Set

Used for driving screws so you will be needing this a lot. You can buy a set with removable tips but personally, I prefer the fixed type. Phillips and flat head screws are the most common so buy these in different sizes as you see fit.

 

Tape Measure

A tape measure is essential in your toolbox. From hanging portraits to measuring your room for furniture placement, a measuring tape will come in handy. You should buy the heavy duty type as it is more effective if you happen to be working by yourself. It can be extended further without the need for support.

Utility Knife

Used for slicing through any type of materials, it will come handy in most situations. You should always have extra sets of blades as a dull blade can be very dangerous.

 

Hacksaw

From cutting wood to slicing metal, a hacksaw is essential in your tool set. It can also cut through pvc pipe so it is essential in plumbing. You should always buy extra blades as dull blades can cause accidents.

Level

A simple level will be useful if you want to hang pictures, mirrors or even wall mount your TV in a perfect horizontal level. You should buy a level that can double as a ruler/straight edge.

 

Adjustable Wrench

Used for tightening and loosening bolts and also very useful with plumbing. You should buy something that doesn’t budge when you set the size as it can be very frustrating working with one that continually budges after setting the size.

These are the basic tools that you will need if you don’t plan on becoming a serious DIYer in the future. If you do want to try DIY, then you will need more tools than these and more power tools.