If you’re looking to heat a room in your home for hot yoga there are a few factors to be aware of which will affect the heat and ambiance you’re looking to create.

1. Envelope of the room. 

 
This is the square footage, ceiling height, insulation, windows, and anything else in the room which affects the heat retention. All other factors being equal, a room that is less square footage will require fewer infrared heaters (less wattage) to reach a hot yoga temperature. For example, to heat a 200sq ft studio will require about 6,000W to go to 100-105+ whereas a 100sq ft studio will only require 3,000W. When evaluating your budget for purchasing an infrared heating system, the envelope of the room is the biggest factor which will influence how much heat is needed.

2. Power requirements. 

To heat a spare bedroom (~100sq ft) to a hot yoga temperature requires more power than you can plug in to outlets. The limitation for plug in options is ~1,500W which is about as much power as a hair dryer. To reach a hot yoga temperature of 100-105 degrees in an average insulated 100sq ft space requires 3,000W. Why not use (2) 1,500W plug-ins? The reason is because it will trip the breaker in your electrical panel, it’s too much power and overloads the circuit. The way that the infrared system is installed is with new wiring on a 240V circuit. This is the same voltage that a clothes dryer or electric stove operates at. Every home in the US has 240V available, and this is what is needed to provide the adequate power for your infrared system. You can learn more about installation FAQ here, and we’re always available as a resource if you or your installer have any questions.
 

3. Additional options to create a hot yoga ambiance. 

 
In addition to the benefits of infrared heat, some home studios like to add additional options to enhance the ambiance of their home studio. A common addition is a plug in humidifier to increase the humidity level of the room. This is more common for the Bikram 26/2 style of yoga than it is for Vinyasa. It also can depend on your climate i.e. if you experience cold, dry winters, a humidifier can help balance out the humidity level. Another option which home studios add is an insulated floor which has a bit more give to it than a traditional hardwood floor. Our favorite is a Fuji Floor Tile with the 3/4″ high density option.
 
You can learn more about the features and benefits of our infrared heating systems in our Yoga Studio Guide, and if you’re unfamiliarized with what infrared heat feels like, here’s a map with some of the 1,000+ commercial studios that use our infrared systems. Feel free to visit a studio in your area to feel what the heat is like.
 
We use the same commercial grade infrared heaters for home studios, and you can learn more about the difference they create here. We’re here as a resource to answer any questions and help make your home yoga studio a reality. Contact us at [email protected] or 360-715-4328 to learn more.
 
Written by Jeff Abel, Vice President of Sales, Heating Green