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If you’re considering buying a sauna for your home there are a few things you can get figured out to direct your purchase in the right direction. Most people are interested in getting a traditional sauna style, which essentially consists of a room made of wood and a heater, usually electric, topped with rocks. If you want to create steam in the room you can pour some water on the rocks once they come up to temperature. Go easy though, a little bit of water goes a long way in driving the humidity in the sauna through the roof.

Another thing that you could consider is going with an infrared sauna. They are often quite a bit cheaper than the traditional style saunas, though they do operate a bit differently. You can learn just about everything there is to know about them in MBISR’s helpful home sauna guide. You’ll have to decide if this alternative design is right for you, because if you’re a sauna aficionado you may want something that is a bit more authentic.

For the most hardcore sauna lovers among us, the one arguably supreme option remains. That option is the outdoor barrel sauna. These are about as real of an experience as you can get, and you can have quite a few friends join you if you get a larger one. If you equip it properly they can get quite warm and they can do so quickly. These are definitely not for the faint of heart though, because to use them you’ll most likely have to make a trek outdoors – regardless of whether its spring, summer, fall, or winter.

Let’s just make the assumption for now though that you’re going to choose a fairly straightforward home sauna as we’ve all come to know and expect, as that’s what most people will end up buying just based purely on statistics. If this is the case you’re going to have a few big decisions to make. Try approaching them in the following order as they are prioritized by importance.

First of all, how big is your sauna going to be? Is it just going to be for your personal use? Are you going to spend your time in the sauna with your spouse? Do you want to have friends and family join you too? Generally, at least a two-person sauna is recommended. The exceptions would be if you want something particularly large to accommodate lots of people or if you need something particularly small due to space constraints or something similar.

The other major thing you’re going to want to nail down is the type of wood you go for. Many saunas out there are manufactured from hemlock or cedar, and many people feel that this is superior wood. However, do keep in mind that the odors from these types of wood are quite pungent, and they only get more intense as the sauna heats up. Oftentimes it’s recommended that you go with a type of wood with a neutral odor like pine. You’ll have to pick whatever best suits your preferences.

One last thing to keep in mind is that when you finally get your sauna home you’re probably going to need to work with a professional electrician, as most of the standard saunas require a 220V power supply. The main exception here is with the infrared saunas, which can often just plug into a standard wall outlet. Good luck with your sauna purchase, and I wish you many hours of relaxing and undisturbed sauna time.

How To Find A Suitable Garage Door Opener

When you first get a home with an attached garage, you’ll be amazed at how convenient it is. You can walk right out to your car without ever having to go outside, which is great for carrying groceries and even better for avoiding foul weather. You can even use the extra space in the garage for storage, which is awesome because almost everybody has more stuff than they know what to do with. It’s particularly great for machinery that you have to wheel out every time you use it, like snow blowers and lawn mowers.

There may come a time in every homeowner’s life where a critical component of the garage needs some attention. The most likely (and the most critical component) that will eventually need to be maintained or even replaced is your garage door opener. This is just not something you come across every day, as they work almost 99.9% of the time. When it comes time to buy a replacement, you might not know where to look.

Trusted Brands

When it comes to choosing a brand for your garage door openers it makes sense to go with one of the brands that has been in the game for quite some time already. Chamberlain is well known for their garage door openers, and they make quite a few products with a range of features that are sure to suit your needs. LiftMaster also makes quite a bit of quality products, those are the big two. There are other companies that will be perfectly fine as well, but whenever in doubt stick with a brand that has a good reputation.

Mechanism of Operation

You’re going to encounter a number of different types of garage door openers when you start your search. Let’s give you a quick primer on what all of these terms will mean. Chain drive garage door openers are usually the simplest and cheapest options you can find. The main issue is that they tend to be on the louder side, and they are more prone to requiring maintenance. Belt drive garage door openers are similar to chain drive, except that the chain is essentially a rubber belt. These tend to be quieter than chain drive models, but they belts may also wear out after some use. The best kind of garage door openers are direct drive. They offer both quiet operation and durability, but you’ll have to pay extra for it.

Extra Features

As with all electronics these days, you can find garage door openers with a wide range of features. You can get them with security cameras mounted so that you can monitor your garage remotely. You can get smart garage door openers that can interact with your other smart devices in your home. I’d recommend at least a wifi garage door opener, that way if you ever forget to check whether or not it’s closed you can always take a look.

Hopefully this article was helpful in making you aware of the important things to look for when buying a garage door opener. With any luck, this is a replacement you’ll only encounter once. They tend to be quite durable and last a long time. At any rate, it’s hard to make the wrong decision when it comes to be devices so don’t worry. Eve in the worst case it won’t be that bad.