“Sauna Sessions” Episode 7 with Kellen Mouw
How much money does it cost to run a sauna?
There are three main factors in determining how much your sauna will affect your energy bill.
- Frequency of sauna use
- Location of sauna
- Size of sauna heater
The first is frequency of use. Unlike a pool or hot tub that is constantly running, a sauna only uses energy while it’s in use. The more you use your sauna, the more energy it will take. Depending on the ambient temperature surrounding your sauna and the preferred temperature that you like, your sauna should take less than an hour to heat up to 190F. From there it is up to you on the frequency of sauna use.
The second is the location of your sauna. Like Kellen says in the video, if you live in a warmer climate or your sauna is indoors, then most likely it will heat up faster than a sauna that is outdoors or in a colder climate. This affects how long your sauna stays on and how much energy it uses while heating up.
The last factor has to do with the size of the heater in your sauna. We sell heaters that are 4.5kw-9kw. The larger the heater, the more energy it uses. Our 4.5kw heater and our 6kw heater require a 30amp breaker, whereas our 8kw-9kw heaters require a 40amp breaker. This is very similar to the amount of energy that is used by drying a load of laundry or running the dishwasher.
All in all, the amount of energy that is used by your sauna is so small and negligible that you probably won’t even notice it on your next energy bill.