Can Infrared Saunas Be Used Outdoors? | Health Mate

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For those that have just bought a Health Mate infrared sauna or are looking to buy one, one of the most common questions is whether or not you can use a sauna outdoors.

The answer is yes!

While having your sauna situated inside your home is a wonderful place to relax, destress, and improve your health, there are those who prefer to be more in touch with the outdoors. 

Having your sauna outdoors creates a different type of environment that many people enjoy. In some instances, it may be due to a lack of adequate space inside the home. Whatever the reason may be, you can take comfort in knowing that your infrared sauna can be stored outdoors.

However, there are some things to keep in mind when wanting to use your sauna outdoors. These things can help you improve the life of your sauna, and prevent any damage from the elements or other factors.

Tips For Using Your Sauna Outdoors


  1. Proper Placement of Your Sauna

When planning to situate your sauna outdoors, it’s recommended to pick a spot that’s under a covering including a patio, awning, or overhang. This is to ensure that your infrared sauna stays protected from sunlight and the elements. 

If placing your sauna underneath a covering is not possible, or you’re looking for an even better way to protect your sauna from the great outdoors, use a water-resistant outdoor cover specifically designed for Health Mate saunas.

Our saunas are built using the highest quality “A” Grade Western Red Cedar, which according to Wood Magazine, states:

“Western red cedar (Thuja plicata) reigns supreme for the production of decking, siding, shingles, and outdoor structures because of its natural decay resistance, ability to repel water, and abundance.”

One main reason why we use this type of wood is because of its durability.

In terms of sun damage, however, an article written by US Lumber expresses that:

“the Western Red Cedar does not weather uniformly and is likely to develop a dark, blotchy, grey appearance.”

Although Western Red Cedarwood is a very durable wood, over time with repeated exposure to sun and the elements, this may cause some undesired effects.

Prevent any water or elemental damage, and maximize the life of your sauna outside by using an outdoor cover

2. Sauna Warm-Up Times

Ambient temperature will have an effect on your warm-up times

Health Mate’s testing and heat-up times are based on an average household temperature of 70 degrees.

When the temperature around the sauna is outside of that 70-degree mark, you can expect the sauna to need more time to adequately heat up. 

If the temperature outside were 50 degrees, the sauna would need about 10-15 more minutes to get to the desired level.

Health Mate saunas are made with “A” grade Western Red Canadian Cedar, giving it an advantage over almost all other brands. We also chose not to design an all-glass front due to heat loss, especially with saunas that will be placed outside, to read more please click here. We won’t sacrifice benefits for looks. 


3. Animals & Critters

During the colder months, animals and other critters are drawn to the heat. A sauna outside is like finding a luxury home. 

Be aware that spiders, ants, mice, rats, and other insects could potentially want to share your sauna. 

There are two holes in the floor of your sauna, one under the bench and one in the front right where you plug in your data cable and heater cables. 

Steel wool prevents most insects and a small hand cloth will prevent cold drafts.


4. Power Supply

When looking to use your sauna for outdoor use, make sure that you have the proper outlets and power capabilities.

Consult our guide that showcases the proper power requirements and plug sizes for each of our infrared saunas.

Do not use power strips to power your sauna. Your sauna may not have the same power capacity as it would be plugged into a wall, may cause the sauna to not turn on altogether, and may damage the machine.


5. Account for Space, Size & Weight

Before you even consider putting your sauna outside, make sure that your outdoor space is big enough to store it. 

Also, making sure that the foundation that the sauna rests on can hold the weight. It’s important to have your sauna situated on a solid surface, to prevent any damage.


Health Mate has been manufacturing quality in-home infrared saunas for over 40 years. Our wide selection of infrared saunas for sale ensures there’s something for everyone. For even more in-depth articles on saunas, check out our infrared sauna blog.  For other common FAQs regarding features and benefits, installation and assembly, maintenance, operations, and troubleshooting, make sure to check out our in-depth infrared sauna FAQ guide.

Contact us today and let us help you improve your health and kickstart your way to healthier habits.

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