What is Far Infrared?
Far Infrared is the part of the Sun’s spectrum upon which all life depends. Infrared waves are part of the invisible Electromagnetic Spectrum (EM). The EM Spectrum is measured in microns. Infrared is often subdivided into “near IR” (0.076 to 1.5 microns, “mid IR” (1.5 to 5.6 microns) and “far IR” 5.6 to 1000 microns.
The easiest way to understand Far Infrared is to imagine that you are standing outside on a nice but sunny day. It is easy to feel the Sun’s far infrared heat warming your skin. What happens when a cloud blocks out the sun? You suddenly feel cooler. Why is that? The air has not cooled down, but you feel cooler. Well the cloud has blocked out the far Infrared rays which have been warming you.
Far infrared rays are used by plants in photosynthesis to grow. So without far infrared we’d have no food and consequently the Earth would be totally barren.
Although the Sun is a huge transmitter of far infrared rays, your own body transmits them too. In fact every living thing and the Earth give out far infrared all the time. They are perfectly natural and safe. The range of far infrared waves generated by our bodies is 6 to 20 microns. The optimal micron output range is between 7 to 14 microns. This range, sometimes called the “Vital Range”, appears to have special regenerative effects on our bodies and is the target range of our “Sunstouch” infrared emitters.
- Small units plug into standard 115 V 15Amp wall socket. Larger units usually require 20A circuit
- Heated to a range of 80° to 110°F. Leaving the air comfortable to breathe.
- Warm up period of 10 to 15 minutes. This means a Far Infrared sauna can be used whenever you like and the cost of heating it up is much less than a conventional sauna.
- Approximately 20% of the far infrared energy heats the air, the remainder heats the person. This means a much lower running cost than a conventional sauna.
- Most likely built in China. Likely not safety certified.
- Radiant heat .
- Needs to be wired up with 180 degree heat resistant cabling for the lights and stove. Heated to a range of 180° to 235°F. The air can become uncomfortable to breathe.
- A warm up period of 60 to 90 minutes means that you have to plan when to use the conventional sauna. Costly initial warm-up using minimum of 3KW.
- It heats the air first and the air heats the person, so not as effective at heating the person directly. Higher running cost than the far infrared sauna.
- Most commonly built custom by your contractor. Needs to have safety certification done on site. Convection heat.
ARCTIC HYBRID SAUNA
- All units plug into 115 V 15A standard wall circuit. You choose what temperature to combine with infrared treatment, up to 140oF.
- The temperature will begin to rise in less than one minute and it is ready to begin using immediately. The sauna will feel warm after approximately a 5 minute warm- up.
- Intertek 3rd party tested to consume a maximum 1.27 KW/h. Cost to run for one hour at $0.11/kw/h = 14 cents.
- Built in Canada from Canadian components. Completely safety certified in Canada with regular factory inspection.
- Radiant and convection heat.