Infrared Saunas and EMFs

What about EMF? Electromagnetic Field and Infrared Saunas

Infrared waves are part of the electromagnetic spectrum produced by the sun or any significant method of burning or other production method (such as electrical power).  Infrared waves are on the low end of the spectrum where the wavelengths are long and less intense.  Infrared waves are just below those of visible light.  They are “gentle” waves that give off heat.  Electromagnetic waves that are dangerous to humans, plants, and animals are those in the upper end of the spectrum, such as ultraviolet, x-rays, and microwaves.  The wavelength is closer or tighter and more intense.  Any of these wavelengths in moderation are generally safe to humans, plants, and animals; it is with prolonged exposure that damage occurs.  Electromagnetic fields in areas of high frequency and intensity (such as around high voltage power lines) are dangerous.  Infrared Saunas produce only the gentle long waves of the electromagnetic spectrum.  They do not produce EMFs in any significant amount.  You would receive more EMFs to your body from watching television or by using your microwave than you would ever receive from your Infrared Sauna.

What does Evolution Health do to reduce EMF in their saunas?
The easiest way to shield EMF is to cover electricity flow with metal. Evolution Health saunas uses steel conduits around its wiring within the walls of our saunas. On the carbon heaters themselves, however, a metal covering would also block the infrared waves. Because Evolution Health saunas emit an insignificant level of EMF, they are left uncovered for maximum far infrared output

ZERO EMF Heater upgrade option for Luxury and Deluxe Saunas:

Evolution Health Far Infrared Saunas fo not emit a significant level of EMF's, only 19 Mg from an inch away; flourescent lights emit far more at 40 Mg from just 6 inches away. We do have Zero EMF heaters available as an upgrade for those with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities or for anyone who just want to lower their overall exposure to EMFs). The Zero EMF Heater upgrade is available only for our Luxury and Deluxe Series saunas


At this time, the US doesn't have any specific standards for EMF levels because most studies were inconculsive. in the 1990s The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) set the following guidlines:

Occupational (working place):

Working wholeday: 5,000 mg
Short term (up to 2 hours): 50,000 mg

General Public:

Up to 24 hours per day: 1,000 mg
Few hours per day: 10,000 mg

EMF Readout in Infrared Sauna

Heater Type 1" from the heaters
6" from the heaters (using the backrest) Average
Avaliable on all our saunas
19.2 mg 7 mg 13.5 mg
Upgrade available for the Luxury Series
2 mg 0 mg 1 mg

Here is a summary of devices in your home that have high levels of EMFs even when you are several feet away:


The Swedish safety standard, effective 711/90, specifies a maximum of 0.25 mG at 50 cm from the display. Many US manufactured computers have EMFs of 5 - 100 mG at this distance. 

Electric Clocks

Electric clocks have a very high magnetic field, as much as 5 to 10 mG up to three feet away. If you are using a bedside clock, you are probably sleeping in an EMF equivalent to that of a powerlines, it is wise to place all clocks and other electrical devices (such as telephones and answering devices) at least 6 feet from your bed.

Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent lights produce much more EMFs than incandescent bulbs. A typical fluorescent lamp of a office ceiling have readings of 160 to 200 mg 1 inch away.

Microwave Ovens and Radar

Microwave ovens and radar from military installations and airports emit two types of radiation -- microwave and ELF. Microwaves are measured in milliwatt per centimeter squared (mW/cm2) As of 1/1/93, the U.S. safety limit for microwave exposure is 1 mW/cm2, down from a previous 10 mW/cm2. The Russian safety limit is .01 mW/cm2. All microwave ovens leak and exceed the Russian safety limit. In addition, recent Russian studies have shown that normal microwave cooking coverts food protein molecules into carcinogenic substances.

Telephones and Answering Machines

Telephones can emit surprisingly strong EMFs, especially from the handset. This is a problem because we hold the telephone so close to our head. 

Some brands emit no measurable fields and others emit strong fields that travel several inches....right into your brain. Answering machines, particular those with adapter plugs (mini-transformers), give off high levels of EMFs.

Electric Razors and Hair Dryers

Electric razors and hair dryers emit EMFs as high as 200 to 400 mG.

EMF Readout

Standard heatersZeroEMF heaters