How to Use and Install a Sauna Timer

What You'll Need
Sauna Timer

If you have a sauna, then it is a good idea to install a sauna timer in order to ensure that you don't stay in the heated area too long. People can die if they stay for too long inside the sauna, as heat will make you pass out, and then you will gradually be overcome. In order to avoid this, and to keep yourself and other users safe, you need to fit a sauna timer. These come in a range of different shapes and sizes, and they can often be shaped rather like large egg timers. Fitting and using the sauna timer is not very difficult, and you should be able to complete this task using a few simple hand tools and following basic guidelines.

Step 1 - Choosing a Sauna Timer

In order to get the timer which is right for you, take the time to look around and examine the different timers on offer. There are mechanical or digital timers which can be fitted to the wall, and these will let you know how long you have been sitting in the sauna. One good idea is for a sauna timer which turns off the heat once the programmed time has elapsed, but there are also very basic ones which are rather like large egg-timers. The important features for your timer are firstly, ease of use, and secondly, reliability. Although it doesn't matter if you sit in your sauna for 30 or 31 minutes, you should be able to rely on the timer for accurate readings.

Step 2 - Install the Timer

Using your Screwdriver, simply take the sauna timer, and screw it to the wall. If you are using the egg-timer style, then this is all that you will need to do in order to measure the time, it is simply move it around by hand. If your sauna timer is more complicated, then you may need to use a pair of pliers to connect it to an electrical socket, or to the thermostat system, but it still will not be very complex. Once the timer is installed, you will need to learn how to operate it consistently.

Step 3 - Using the Timer

The most complicated part of the sauna timer is using it to control the length of time that you are sitting inside the sauna. Following the user guidelines in your manual, you should start by programming a small time setting into your timer. You will then need to test it. Begin by giving a trial run where you operate the timer without using the thermostat or heating system. Just run the timer so that you can check you have programmed it properly.  Once this is done, you can then use the sauna, keeping an eye on the timer by using another method to establish the time. If your timer works well under these conditions, you can carry on using the sauna.