If you are planning a home steam room then you will need to consider three main components including the steam generator, steam head, and controls. The steam generator plays the main role in home steam shower system. They are capable of providing efficient holistic therapy to a weary soul.
There are several manufacturers producing steam shower generators, therefore it is wise to do the groundwork before diving in.
What is a steam shower room?
A small enclosure (similar to regular shower) having a vapor-tight door to lock the steam supplied by the steam generator is a steam shower room. It is either a customized enclosure or a modular unit. Remember any type of enclosure you design for steam shower room, the place is worthless without a steam generator.
Tips to consider, while buying a steam generator
- First step is to ensure that the bathroom can deal with excess steam moisture thrown outside via exhaust fans.
- There must not be any drywall or exposed plaster in the area because the steam can make it soggy.
- Steam room generators are available in small sizes. They fit comfortably in a vanity or closet. Therefore, select a size according to steam shower enclosure.
- You can install them around 60 feet away from steam shower enclosure, even in the basement or attic.
- Look for a smart steam generator that can support expansion (add upgrades) for achieving steam therapies like aroma, chroma, or music. In addition, the init needs to be easy to maintain.
- Certification matters a lot, so lookout for a steam generator acknowledged by respected independent agencies.
- Check for a warranty of 1 to 3 years.
- Generally, for 20 minute session, steam generators utilize just two gallons of water, so check the water usage.
- Make sure the generator boils water quickly and generates sufficient steam in a few minutes.
- The generator needs to run quietly and generate steam consistently. It has to deliver uninterrupted steam flow.
- Energy cost for 20 minute session need not be more than one dollar.
Steam generator sizing
Materials used in constructing a steam room can impact its heating capacity profoundly. If the enclosure of the steam room is fiberglass, acrylic or other form of plastic then a small generator is sufficient.
On the other hand, in case of glass block walls, glass tiles, concrete walls, or exterior block walls, natural stone tiles can increase generator size dramatically. Even the ceiling heights more than 8 feet can add 15% for every extra foot.
If the steam room has an external window or skylights then ensure to have it sealed from the inside. It will need a large size generator. Make sure that the voltage of the generator is in synch with existing local utilities.
Online resources allow you to determine generator size on the basis of dimensions and construction type included. They have an interactive calculator that allows filling the necessary fields and use of multipliers to perform calculations manually.