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Electric Heater Selection

When purchasing an electric heater, it is good to know the basic things that influence the choice: the required power of the heater and the required protection distance of the heater from the wall. In terms of visuality and practicality, you should also think about how you want to control the stove: Do you dream of a trendy and space-saving sink? This is possible with digital control centers and panels that are mounted on the wall at a height that suits you.

Choose The Right Heater Power

The choice of heater power is influenced by the volume and structures of the sauna. A low-power stove has to be heated longer and harder, which shortens the life of the stove, so it is worth calculating the stove power carefully. In general, an average of 1 kW of stove power is required per cubic volume of sauna. The need for power increases if the sauna has window surfaces or surfaces that store heat well, such as brick, concrete or solid logs. In these cases, the cubic volume of the sauna is multiplied by 1.2 and for an uninsulated log by 1.5.

Safety Distance Of The Heater

For fire safety, safety distances have been defined for all heaters, which determine how close flammable walls and benches may be to the heater. Higher stove power often also means greater protection distances. You can find the protection distance values on the heater’s nameplate, installation instructions and brochure, which you can find in Harvia Media Bank. The protective walls and recessed collars of the heaters can save space, as they make it possible to place the heater at a shorter distance from the walls or benches. You can easily calculate the volume and heat output of your sauna with Harvia’s convenient sauna calculator.

New Controls For Electric Heaters

Today, there are new modern alternatives to electric heater control methods in addition to traditional fixed mechanical operating switches. Harvia’s external digital control panels and control centers can even be installed in the changing room. Splash-proof control panels can also be installed in saunas or damp areas.
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The stylish control switch for the Harvia Cilindro Plus Spot® heater is particularly easy to install thanks to its wirelessity – this allows even more freedom in interior design and comfort, as the switch can be placed up to 10 meters away from the heater. This is especially handy when you want to immerse the stove in benches.

The Spot® control switch can be mounted on glass or tile with its strong velcro fastening or on wood material with a simple screw fastening. Check it out
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Harvia Wifi Solutions For Sauna Remote Control

Harvia also launched a new WiFi solution together with the MyHarvia mobile application for safe and easy remote control of the sauna. The remote control solution is suitable for both new and old saunas.
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The sauna is remotely controlled with the easy-to-use and versatile MyHarvia mobile application, which, depending on the connected Harvia device, controls the temperature, humidity, lighting, ventilation, weekly clock and other timing functions in the sauna room. The MyHarvia mobile app is available as a free download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Digitalisation is now also coming to saunas. Remote control with a mobile application puts the functions of the sauna at your fingertips, from where they are easily and quickly available, whether at the cottage for fishing or for sports activities. The user experience is also even better, because the mobile application can easily guide the user from different functions and in the future give tips on how to make the sauna experience even better, says Arto Harvia, Harvia’s product group manager.
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Modern Sauna Is A Looking Place Of Relaxation – How Interior Trends Are Visible At The Housing Fair

Saunas are becoming more and more versatile and spectacular places to relax. The saunas of the Tuusula Housing Fair emphasize, for example, a simplified but high-quality design and the integration of the sauna into the bathroom and the whole house.

For Finns, the sauna is no longer just a place to clean up, but they want to calm down and stop in the middle of everyday hustle and bustle. This is also reflected in the interior design of the saunas. Comfort has improved considerably as solutions evolve in terms of a more relaxing and high-quality sauna experience.

After visiting the housing fair, our sauna experts gathered the findings of what is popular in saunas right now.

1. Simplified But Looking Sauna Interior

The saunas now look very simplistic and the Scandinavian design is popular. However, the whole has become much more spectacular and high quality.

At the moment, we want the sauna and all its related components to be uniform. For example, the color scheme of the sauna is taken into account in everything. In a black and white sauna, hinges, door frames and stoves can be black.

In many of the saunas at housing fair sites, wide benches and wall panels can still be seen, but there are also signs that this trend is easing. For example, finger panels appeared in several objects. In addition to the traditional sauna, you can also bring a spa atmosphere to the home with a steam bath.
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Simplistic and Scandinavian style is popular in saunas. Quality is still not compromised.
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Villa Fortuna's steam bath at the housing fair brings a spa atmosphere to your home.

2. Soft Steps and Modern Floor Solution For Sauna With Pillar Heater

You no longer want to use the sauna at a so-called 120 degree temperature. Instead, more and more steamy and low-temperature steam pleasure is being sought. The operating temperatures of the saunas have clearly decreased.

Pillar-type heaters have become trendy heaters, which are a very common sight in saunas today. The large stone mass of the column heater produces moist steam.

The column heater also enables a modern interior design solution. The stove stands on the floor with its own feet, so it can be embedded in benches and placed more freely both in front of the glass wall and in the middle of the sauna. The stove is increasingly part of the sauna’s other interior design and style.
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The column heater is also easy to immerse in the middle of the benches.

3. The Glass Wall Combines The Sauna Into The Entire Entity

The sauna is not its own separate space, but part of a whole. It is now desirable to build saunas in the homes that are consistent with the rest of the house’s interior design style.

The sauna and bathroom are increasingly combined with a glass wall, which brings space and a modern look to the space. Even at the Tuusula Housing Fair, a lot of glass walls were visible and they almost invariably extended from floor to ceiling.

Large glass surfaces have replaced partial glass walls, which were made in Finland a few years ago. Attention is also paid to detail on both sides of the glass. At the housing fair sites, for example, the wall fittings had also been made in accordance with the interior design.
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The column heater is also easy to immerse in the middle of the benches.

4. Easy and Safe Sauna, Thank You

The value of safety and ease in saunas is constantly rising. Thanks to digitalisation, home appliances are increasingly being connected to home automation systems and mobile solutions. In this way, the sauna can also be controlled from the home sofa or even from the jogging path – the sauna is warm at just the right moment.

The current saunas have also made tremendous progress in terms of safety. They are easy to access, the benches are built to be sturdy and the railings make it easier for them to ascend. The guardrails of the heaters are already a familiar sight in many saunas. Compatible railings not only increase safety but can also be a spectacular addition to the interior.
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Villa Mikael's accessible sauna is safe and easy to use, even for the disabled.

5. Sauna Lighting and Sound World are Developing

Saunas are more and more modern and technical entities where you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of today. In the Finnish sauna, listening to music is not yet common, although sound solutions have developed further. The sounds of nature are gaining popularity. Still, the sauna is mainly used as an acoustically quiet place to relax.

Lighting is a multifaceted whole in the design of the sauna and bathroom interior and has a big impact on the atmosphere. Today, sauna lighting is almost invariably implemented with LED technology. Often you also want to bring natural light from a window into the space or add light to a large glass wall. Color lighting solutions that look abroad have come to the fore. Although color lights are not yet a trend in Finland, at least, consumers are still interested in choosing a color temperature, for example.
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Harvia Health In The Heat Virtual Event

In honor of its 70th birthday, Harvia organized a virtual health wellness event open to all, where the central theme was the impact of sauna on health and well-being. Speakers at the event were Harvia’s CEO Tapio Pajuharju, Harvia’s Marketing Director Päivi Juolahti, doctor and professor Hans Hägglund, brain researcher Katri Saarikivi and mentalist and magician Jose Ahonen. The event was hosted by Mervi Kallio.

Development and Responsibility For Many Generations

In his presentation, Tapio Pajuharju went through Harvia’s story from a traditional stove manufacturer to a global provider of comprehensive sauna & spa experiences. Continuous development has been part of Harvia from the beginning, and a good example of this is the various solutions boldly brought to the stoves and the first remote-controlled stove launched in 2005, which was ahead of its time and did not yet take the wind under it at that time. However, times have changed and in connection with the remote use of the sauna, Harvia is launching the MyHarvia package in 2021, which will enable safe remote use of the sauna. The MyHarvia package costs less than 1000 euros and is suitable for most households.

Part of the development has also been responsibility, which has been taken into account in Harvia’s everyday life. The products use responsibly manufactured steel and recycling is taken into account in the packaging materials, in addition to which the solar panel system on the roof of the Harvia plant produces solar energy for the plant’s use.
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In his presentation, Tapio Pajuharju went through Harvia’s story from a traditional stove manufacturer to a global provider of comprehensive sauna & spa experiences. Continuous development has been part of Harvia from the beginning, and a good example of this is the various solutions boldly brought to the stoves and the first remote-controlled stove launched in 2005, which was ahead of its time and did not yet take the wind under it at that time. However, times have changed and in connection with the remote use of the sauna, Harvia is launching the MyHarvia package in 2021, which will enable safe remote use of the sauna. The MyHarvia package costs less than 1000 euros and is suitable for most households.

Part of the development has also been responsibility, which has been taken into account in Harvia’s everyday life. The products use responsibly manufactured steel and recycling is taken into account in the packaging materials, in addition to which the solar panel system on the roof of the Harvia plant produces solar energy for the plant’s use.

Sauna as a Part of Happiness and Health

Hans Hägglund said that saunaing has an effect on people’s happiness, which, according to him, is also reflected in the fact that Finland was chosen as a happier country in 2020, for the third time in a row. Sauna and good lifestyle also have a big impact on health. Taking a sauna 4-6 times a week reduces cardiovascular disease by up to 50%, which contributes to huge savings in the treatment of diseases.

The sauna has been used to promote health and treat disease for centuries. The sauna was once called the pharmacy of the poor, where sweating was used to prevent or treat diseases. The body and brain react to heat in many ways and heat acts as a therapy for the whole body. The heat releases hormones that, among other things, produce pleasure and reduce pain, as well as boost the immune system. Saunaing can be compared to sports performance – it raises your heart rate and produces pleasure in the same way.
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Sauna and Mind

Katri Saarikivi talked about stress and its effects on the body and how stress and well-being can be improved through sauna. According to Saarikivi, sociality improves our well-being and increases happiness. Sauna and sauna-making have a positive effect on the human mind and immediately make many feel good and uplift. An early study in Finland has shown that taking a sauna reduces anxiety and improves the ability to concentrate. Saunaing has also been considered as a treatment in a study in Japan where people with mild depression were taken to a sauna and the study found that taking a sauna had positive effects on mood. See in the recording more how the sauna and the human mind harmonize.

Knots Of Mind

292 / 5000 Translation results Mentalist and magician Jose Ahonen’s performance took the audience to the magic of Mervi and Tapio, who acted as assistants. Jose’s tricks got the minds of both spectators and helpers into a knot that can’t even be opened with a sauna. Take a closer look at the record for what kind of whims it was.
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New Heater with a Steaming Function for Gentle and Humid Sauna

The Wall Combi

This heater has been designed for you who appreciate humid sauna bathing and ambience provided by the sauna scents. Having sauna with a Wall Combi heater with an integrated steaming function is a multi-sensory experience with a versatility that cannot be compared. One heater provides multiple ways of enjoying sauna. Wall Combi -heater adapts to your personal, friends’ and family’s sauna preferences. Enjoy sauna just the way you like it.

Enjoy Steady Humidity

The Wall Combi sauna heater is a new heater equipped with a steamer in the wall heater range, which has become a Harvia product family in its own right. The integrated steamer of the Wall Combi heater generates and maintains steady humidity in the sauna – with precision down to the percentage. The steam makes the sauna heat more pleasant, providing a soft and humid bathing experience. You can add fragrances to the stone cup of the sauna heater.
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Humidity Precisely to Your Preference

With Wall Combi and the control panel of your choice, you can adjust the humidity in the sauna room precisely to your preference. The Wall Combi features separate heating elements in the water tank that work independently. You can adjust the humidity and the temperature of the heater separately. The Wall Combi heater is wall-mounted and takes up little space, so you can have a gentle and humid bathing experience even in a small sauna. The Wall Combi heater requires a separate control unit that controls both the heater and the steamer and makes the heater user-friendly. Also, sauna- and user-specific settings are possible. The Wall Combi heater’s steam can be adjusted with the control unit regardless of the temperature of the heater.
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The Wall Combi heater has a separate water tank equipped with its own heating elements. The water tank holds enough water for one bathing. There is a separate dish for sauna fragrances in the front part of the heater. The use of the stove and emptying the water tank is simple and safe. The stainless and stylish outer shell is easy to keep clean in a humid environment. The Wall Combi heater is durable, easy to maintain and has a long lifespan. The heater can also be used without a steamer.
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More than an Ancient Pharmacy – Sauna’s Health Benefits are Science Backed

Watch the video of the Health benefits of sauna by doctor Hans Hägglund.

Sauna feels warm and fuzzy, everybody knows that. That’s why so many of us can’t have enough of it. But can sweating naked in a confined space in burning heat really be healthy? Should medical practitioners actually start prescribing healing with heat as a treatment? Several studies from the recent years indicate exactly that. But long before research started to pinpoint sauna’s potential in fighting illnesses, we people were already self medicating with it.

The history of using sauna bathing for wellness is almost mystical, especially in the Nordic countries. All the way up from the bronze age to the mid 20th century, sauna was the dedicated place for giving birth, escorting your deceased to the other side, and everything in between. The reason was that for ages poor hygiene was the main cause of illness and death. Saunas were usually the driest, warmest and cleanest places available.

In Sweden, 10.000 saunas were built between the years 1920–1949, increasing health, hygiene and wellbeing nationwide. This moment in time sparked off the nation’s path towards becoming one of the most prosperous democracies. Finland, where there exists a sauna for every two people, has topped the rankings for the happiest country in the world for several years.

Surely all this wellness cannot be a coincidence. No wonder that the northern folk have always intuitively known that sauna is good for you – or that it was at some point coined as the ancient pharmacy. Everybody who has stood in open air with steam rising from their shoulders is familiar with that feeling. The bliss that can run through the human body after an intense sauna session. If something feels that good, it usually is.

The Science of Sauna

But what actually happens inside our bodies during those hot moments? Studies indeed show that frequent sauna bathing has many health benefits – for the body as well as the mind. The almost spiritual indications of the past have slowly been replaced with scientific ones. Study teams led by cardiologist Jari Laukkanen have discovered that increased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality (source). 2 to 3 times a week in sauna reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by more than 20% when compared to people who use the sauna once a week. Using it more frequently can reduce the risk even up to 65%.

In addition to cardiovascular diseases, people with ailments such as dementia, hypertonia, pulmonary diseases, strokes and different psychic conditions have been shown to benefit from increased minutes in the sauna. On the other hand, as our body is a holistic entity, much of sauna’s health potential actually comes from indirect sources.

Studies have shown that we sleep better and more deeply after sauna. The social implications could be even more evident. Meetings in mutual nakedness let us be more truly ourselves and connect with each other on a deeper level, even among perfect strangers. In the middle of constant digitalised bombardment of information, the offline environment of sauna works as a perfect antidote for stress. A more relaxed existence can in itself add years to your life.

So be it electric or wood warmed, infrared, steam or smoke sauna, let’s take advantage of its health benefits. But with covid still in the air, we should bathe safely in limited company and take all the needed precautions.

Key Health Benefits of Increased Sauna Bathing

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A Safe Sauna can also be a Cozy Sauna

The sauna has changed from a place where to wash to a wellness area where you can relax and enjoy.

The importance of safety is emphasized especially in families with children. Young children often enjoy the warmth of the sauna, as well as adults do but children rarely feel comfortable sitting in their seats for a long period. In the sauna, it’s a good thing to have guardrails to avoid accidents caused by children’s still little insecure steps.

When designing a sauna it’s important to take into account different users from children to the elderly. It must be ensured that it’s safe to move in the sauna and also adequate lighting is important, says Arto Harvia, Harvia’s Product group manager.

To prevent unintentional start-ups of the heater, the heater indicates that it’s on for example with lights. The start-up of the heater is prevented by a child lock or the control panel of the heater is placed out of the reach of children.

The sauna must be maintained in the same way as other home systems, the heater and benches must be maintained regularly. The sauna is designed as a sauna, not as a storage room. Sauna is also a completely wrong place to dry clothes, towels, and other tablecloths. A clothesline made of nylon that has been hung over the heater stretches in a hot sauna and the risk of fire is guaranteed, Harvia reminds.
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A properly made and installed guardrail is a safe and beautiful eye-catching element. The clear and streamlined design of the guardrail is well suited to current sauna trends. Besides, the guardrail brings posture to the sauna and binds the heater to its intended place.

Sauna starts up by the mobile device

The remote start of electric heaters has been increasing both in homes and cottages. Properly installed remote start doesn’t heat the sauna without prior confirmation where the remote start has been put into standby mode. The one who is turning the heater on is responsible for heating the sauna, even if he is not present. Therefore, the door sensor prevents the heater from starting if the door is opened after the check-up.

Harvia’s door sensors together with a compatible control unit remotely start the electric heater and other functions in the sauna room safely. Safety is a key factor in all Harvia products, such as the new Harvia Cilindro and the Wall heaters.

Harvia has expanded from a heater manufacturer to a comprehensive sauna and spa experience maker. Harvia provides everything you need for a sauna, including the design of your dream sauna.
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