You may not be familiar with the differences between steam showers and saunas; after all, they do seem quite similar. In fact, steam showers and saunas both allow us to relax in a warm environment, but they both work differently and have different effects on the human body.
The factors that differ between the two types of steam bathing include temperature, type of heat, health benefits, size and how they both work. Most saunas for use in a personal home are stand alone units that are hooked up to electricity. The sauna has a heater that produces a dry heat.
On the other hand, steam showers for use in private homes have to be hooked up to the plumbing, just like any other shower. These units work with the assistance of a device called a steam generator. The steam generator heats up water, causing it to boil and creating steam that is pumped into the shower stall. These units have to be assembled, hooked up to the plumbing and electricity, are sealed and need a drainage system and need ventilation.
One advantage to installing either a pre-built steam shower unit or a sauna for home use is that both are already built and just need to be assembled. This lessens the need to remodel the bathroom and redesign the shower space. For example, installing a custom steam shower would require creating a sloping ceiling for condensation of the steam and installing an air-tight shower door.
As you can see, the idea of a steam shower and sauna may sound the same, but they are in fact very different. The health benefits that we can enjoy from both also differ. A steam shower is a great way to improve respiration and ease allergies, colds and sinus infections. The steam moistens the dry nasal passageways and helps remove mucus from the body. A sauna causes the body to sweat more because it produces a hotter, dryer heat. A sauna’s heat varies between 150°F and 200°F, while a steam shower’s temperature varies between 110°F and 115°F.
If you would like access to both a steam shower and a sauna, you may want to consider a pre-built unit that comes with both a steam shower stall and an attached sauna. These units come with both a steam generator and an infrared sauna heater. The Ariel Platinum DS205F3 Steam Shower and Infrared Sauna includes a 1KW infrared sauna heater and a 3KW steam generator. There are sliding doors between the steam room and the sauna room, the steam shower has a folding seat and the sauna has a wooden bench.
Another advantage to purchasing an Ariel Platinum unit is the use of the features it comes with, including chromatherapy lighting, FM radio, handheld showerhead, computer control panel with timer, four acupressure massage jets and a rainfall ceiling shower.
Remember that both steam and sauna promote relaxation and help your muscles rest. Both make you sweat and release toxins from the body. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Steam Showers Inc at 800-304-3598.