Mould formation due to energy saving


Mould formation due to energy saving

Sustainability in modern saunas: a delicate balance between energy efficiency and hygiene safety

Modern saunas face the challenge of being more environmentally friendly and saving energy at the same time. A common practice is to heat saunas less and ventilate them less in order to reduce energy consumption. However, these measures also have their downsides: They encourage the formation of mould and require the increased use of chemicals to combat it. This balancing act between energy efficiency and environmental protection raises important questions that need to be answered in order to design sustainable saunas of the future.

Energy savings and their consequences

The decision to heat modern saunas less and ventilate them less is primarily based on the aim of saving energy. These measures undoubtedly have a positive impact on energy consumption and help to reduce the carbon footprint. By reducing the heating output, saunas can be operated more efficiently and operating costs can be reduced.

The downsides: Mould growth and use of chemicals

However, these energy savings also have their downsides. The reduction in sauna temperature and limited ventilation promote the formation of mould. In a warm and humid environment, mould spores find ideal conditions to multiply and spread. Mould is not only unsightly, but also harmful to health. It can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions and other health problems.

Combating mould requires the increased use of chemicals such as fungicides and disinfectants. These chemicals pollute the environment and can also pose health risks. The use of chemicals in saunas is at odds with the desire to be more environmentally friendly and create a healthy environment.

Sustainable solutions for modern saunas

Innovative solutions and technologies are needed to master the balancing act between energy efficiency and environmental protection. A holistic approach to sustainable saunas can include the following measures:

  1. optimising indoor humidity levels: instead of ventilating saunas less, intelligent control systems could be used to monitor and regulate indoor humidity levels. Targeted ventilation could reduce the formation of mould without losing too much energy.
  2. natural materials and ventilation: The use of natural materials in sauna construction and well-designed ventilation can also help to regulate humidity and prevent mould growth.
  3. energy-efficient heating technologies: Sauna facilities could rely on energy-efficient heating technologies that enable optimal temperature control while minimising energy consumption.
  4. hygiene measures: The sauna should be cleaned regularly to prevent mould build-up. Suitable cleaning agents are indispensable! The surfaces should then be thoroughly dried.
  5. awareness-raising and education: It is important to educate sauna guests and operators about the importance of an environmentally friendly sauna culture and the dangers of mould. Awareness of sustainability can bring about positive change.

A balance between comfort and sustainability

Finding the balance between energy efficiency and environmental protection in modern saunas is undoubtedly a challenge. It requires a rethink and the use of innovative technologies to ensure sustainable operation. It is important that sauna operators and planners are aware of this challenge and look for holistic solutions that both reduce energy consumption and create a healthy and environmentally friendly sauna environment. With a conscious focus on sustainability, modern saunas can maintain their role as places of relaxation and recreation while protecting the environment and the health of their guests.