All You Need to Know About Steam Showers

Posted by Daniel Edelman on

Improve your quality of life with just the touch of a button. Sit back, relax and unwind after a long day in the comfort of a steam shower. Steam has been around since the days of the ancient Romans, long known for its ability to treat joint pain and asthma among numerous other benefits.Some health benefits include:

 

  • Opens pores to excrete dirt and toxins
  • Enhances collagen production to make skin look firmer
  • Moisturizes the skin
  • Increases circulation
  • Provides relief from respiratory problems
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Eases joint and muscle pain
  • Increases metabolism and promotes weight loss

Steam Shower Essentials

Generator
The size of the generator positively correlates with the size of your shower. Some manufacturers require that you take into account the types of materials used in the construction of the shower and the number of exterior walls, while other manufacturers like Thermasol only require the LxWxH to determine the appropriate size. You will need access to a 240 volt electricity outlet, a cold water supply and a drain to the unit. The compact design of the generators allows it to be mounted in a vanity, closet, insulated attic or basement, typically within 25 feet of the shower.

Tip: We recommend selecting a generator with auto flush. This will automatically introduce fresh water prior to each use and then drain it after each use.

Steam Head
The steam head delivers steam as quickly as just a few seconds to five or ten minutes depending on the model and manufacturer . It’s about 3-4” in diameter and typically placed 12” off the floor and 6” off the wall, opposite where you will be sitting.Steam heads are available in a variety of styles and finishes to coordinate with any décor.

 

Control
The control pad allows you to set the temperature and length of time for your steam shower. It’s best to place near the entry of the shower and away from the steam head itself. Some people like to install a secondary control up to 100ft away from the generator. This will allow the homeowner to turn on their unit soon after arriving home so the steam shower is ready to enter by the time they reach the bathroom.

Tip: Waterproof remotes are available so you can adjust the temperature, lights and music while seated inside your steam shower.

Sitting Area
Build a bench or place a seat in the shower so you can fully relax.

 

Tip: Mount a handheld shower nearby so you can spray warm water on the bench before sitting down.

Shower Door
Steam showers require a special steam tight seal enclosure from floor to ceiling.

 

Tip: Some shower door companies offer a functioning transom above the door which is perfect for ventilating your shower once you are done.

Ventilation
You will want to place a ventilation fan outside the shower door to help draw out the steam and humidity.

To enhance your steam shower experience:

Use the following upgrades individually or in combination to enhance your steam experience.

Chromatherapy
Chromatherapy, known as color therapy, is the use of colored lights to help balance energy where your body is lacking, be it physically, emotionally, spiritually or mentally. It has been known to activate circulation, promote digestion, reduce anxiety, encourage relaxation, and reduce stress.
Aromatherapy
Two to four drops of essential oils can heighten your experience. Consider a relaxing scent like lavender before bed or an energizing scent like rose first thing in the morning.
Music
Enjoy your favorite music from your iPhone or other media source in your steam shower via Bluetooth technology.
To get started building your steam shower, please contact us today at mail@edelmanhome.com.

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