What kind of improvements do you want to make to your home? Homeowners have asked themselves that same question since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pools and spa installations saw double-digit increases over the last year as people tried to find more ways to entertain themselves without leaving the house.
If you’re considering a similar project, you’re going to want to know if you should buy a sauna or not. Check out this guide that goes over the costs and benefits of owning a sauna.
Benefits of Owning a Sauna
Why would you own a sauna? It turns out that there are a lot of benefits of owning a sauna. They’re well known for improving circulation and they help your skin.
Beyond the health benefits of owning a sauna, you have the convenience and safety of having it in your own home. You can use it whenever you want, and you don’t have to worry about being in a sauna with strangers.
A sauna may also increase the value of your home.
How Much Does It Cost to Buy a Sauna?
You need to do your homework about saunas. The first thing you need to do is to assess how big you want the sauna to be.
A two-person sauna is great if you live alone or with someone else. You can have a four-person sauna if you entertain a lot or you just want more room.
Next, ask yourself if you want that sauna indoors or outdoors. If you do have an outdoor sauna, you will need to get the proper permits to install it. That needs to be added to your budget.
The cost to install the sauna also depends on the materials. You can lower your costs by using a prefabricated kit with inexpensive wood, but that could break down in several years.
You can go with a more expensive wood, but that can lower your maintenance and replacement costs over the long-term.
One other item that can add to the cost is the need to install a 220-volt outlet. You’ll need to hire an electrician to do that, increasing your costs.
Finally, don’t forget about the maintenance and operations costs. If your sauna is powered by electricity, then you will see your electric bills increase. A gas-powered sauna will increase your gas bills.
Maintenance is surprisingly easy for a sauna. You need to sweep the area out regularly. Clean the wood and heater to remove any debris and oils, which will keep them from breaking down.
Should You Buy a Sauna?
Does it make sense to buy a sauna? There’s no doubt that a sauna offers many benefits, and it may be something that you get years of enjoyment out of it.
The maintenance and operations costs aren’t that much after installation, and it much easier than maintaining a pool or hot tub.
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