How to improve the air quality in your home sauna and relaxation room

Good air quality is crucial for healthy sauna bathing. Ninety percent of the time, the quality of the air we breathe is crucial to our overall well-being. There are numerous factors that can quickly ruin the enjoyment of the sauna. Therefore, it is important to make informed decisions to improve the air quality in the sauna or relaxation room.
How to improve the air quality in your home sauna and relaxation room

How to improve the air quality in your home sauna

Improving air quality can be as simple as opening your windows to let in fresh air. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when doing so. In this article, we’ve compiled some ways to improve air quality.

Eliminate pollutants in the air

The first step is to remove everything from the sauna, sauna room, and relaxation room that can cause the indoor air quality to deteriorate. Most often, this is used sauna towels that are hung up to dry and then forgotten. The idea of using a sauna room also as a drying room for freshly washed laundry should be refrained from. This increases humidity, which can lead to the formation of mold. Storage boxes should also not be stored in the same room, especially if your sauna is located in the basement room. Cardboard boxes attract a lot of moisture and can start to mold after a short time.

Ventilation of the sauna interior

The ventilation system in a sauna is of course different from other types of ventilation. This is due to the fact that in the sauna there are unusual conditions: It is very hot there and can also become humid. Therefore, the supply of fresh air should come from the outside. Either through vents or through small fans suitable for the sauna area. The same applies to the sauna’s exhaust air ducts. Regular cleaning of the ventilation openings is also an important contribution to a healthy indoor climate in the sauna cabin.

Our buying tip: Sauna vents

This ventilation slider made of hemlock wood ensures the right climate in the sauna. The opening size can be optimally adjusted to your needs by means of the sliders. Perfect for installation in your home sauna to improve the supply of fresh air.

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Replacing old sauna stones

There are numerous reasons why air quality can be affected by various factors. These include the gases released from old sauna stones. These can contain bacteria that settle on the dirty surface. This usually creates a foul odor that is immediately noticeable when entering the sauna.

Our buying tip: High-quality sauna stones made of olivine diabase rock

Only with high-quality sauna stones, which are inserted into the sauna heater, a sauna session is perfect. Suleno sauna stones have excellent heat storage capacity as well as heat conductivity, high weather resistance to slightly carbonated infusion water, are free of harmful substances and suitable for public and private sauna use. Our tip: Sauna stones should be regularly rubbed with a damp cloth (caution: do not soak in water) to remove residues of various sauna fragrances. This will unblock any clogged pores and deliver an ideal infusion of sauna aroma of your choice unadulterated.

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Damp mopping the floor

Regular damp mopping of floor coverings is still the best way to effectively remove dust, dirt and pollen from indoor air. In addition, frequent sweeping or vacuuming also contributes to healthy ambient air. The areas under the sauna bench and under the sauna heater should also not be forgotten. Preferably, they start with sweeping or vacuuming and then wet mopping. When mopping, modern mopping systems can be helpful, making mopping the floor easier and cleaning a breeze.

Our buying tip: wet-dry cordless vacuum cleaner

If you want to get a tile floor really clean, you need to perform at least two operations: Vacuuming and wet mopping. A vacuum cleaner with a mopping function cuts the workload in half, because it does both at once. Rowenta’s handheld vacuum cleaner does it for you. With a flexible XL crevice nozzle, you can get into the farthest nooks and crannies to remove dust and dirt.

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Houseplants improve indoor air quality

Houseplants can also be placed outside the sauna to purify the air. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In this way, plants increase the oxygen content of indoor air, which in itself leads to better indoor air quality. However, some plants can do much more. They purify the air and absorb the chemicals it contains. The three best plants for indoor air purification are ivy, leaf flag and birch fig. To achieve a noticeable effect, you need about one houseplant per nine square feet of floor space.

Our buying tip: Birch fig

Also known as Benjamini or Ficus, the birch fig rids the air of formaldehyde as well as xylene and tulol. The birch fig tree can reach a height of 5 m in indoor cultivation. However, it requires a location that is as bright as possible, but not too sunny.

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Do not use products that mask bad odors

There are a variety of products such as scented candles, air fresheners or diffusers, etc. that are supposed to mask bad odors in the air. But in fact, these products contribute to the deterioration of air quality. Some contain volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde, benzene and toluene, which are harmful to health and can cause headaches and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Nevertheless, if you have these products in use, you should use them as sparingly as possible. Alternatively, you can also improve the indoor climate with a fragrance fountain. In this way, rooms can be optimally humidified and with a few droplets of an essential oil of your choice, you provide a fragrant room scent.

Our purchase tip: Zen’Light Little Rock fountain

Of course, an indoor fountain belongs in every relaxation room. With its play of colors, it not only creates a special ambience, but also provides optimal air humidification. The sophisticated animation of light and water immerses the viewer in the world of feng shui. The shapely glass sphere rotates harmoniously in a circle and inspires with an appealing play of light. A gentle ripple of water lets your imagination drift away into distant vacation worlds. A wonderful ambience for meditation or simply to relax the soul.

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Buy a high quality air purifier

There are various models and designs of air purifiers on the market. The higher the quality of an air purifier, the more particles it will capture. High-quality units with electrostatic filters can help trap dust and other irritants in the air instead of circulating them around the room. You probably won’t be able to completely remove all allergens, but you can significantly reduce them.

Our buying tip: Philips air purifier

At the touch of a button, invisible viruses, allergens or pollutants are filtered out of the air to keep your home clean and protected. The powerful air circulation efficiently cleans rooms up to 49 m² and spreads clean air to all corners of the room. NanoProtect HEPA and pre-filter 2-layer filtration captures 99.5% of ultra-fine particles down to 0.003 microns in size to protect you from bacteria, pollen, dust, pet dander and other pollutants.

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Home sauna air quality is usually about the air that is in and around the immediate environment. By applying tips mentioned above, this goal can be effectively achieved. If you use your home sauna only sporadically, you should periodically open the windows and doors so that fresh air can flow into the sauna.


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