Once you experience a steam shower, you’ll never want to confine yourself to average showers again. But how do steam showers work? The steam in a luxurious steam shower is produced by a unit named a steam generator.
People have been bathing with steam for centuries. The following list are a few examples of ways people bath with steam:
1. Hot Spring – A hot spring is a natural source of steam and water used for bathing and relaxation.
2. Traditional Sauna – A sauna has been traditionally used around the world and in gyms and spas. The steam in a sauna is generated by sprinkling water on hot rocks. The rocks can be heated on a stove or by burning of fuels like coal.
3. Modern Steam Shower – Steam showers, or steam shower units, can be installed in home bathrooms with the use of a steam generator. These look a lot like average showers but they have a lot more functions.
The steam generator is a unit that looks like a metal breadbox or small suitcase. It usually isn’t visible in a modern steam shower in a home bathroom. It’s often stored underneath the bench in the shower, in a nearby closet or in a bathroom vanity. It can also be stored farther away in the attic or a basement, if those areas aren’t too cold and are dependably dry. However, the farther away it is, the longer the water line needs to be. The steam generator also needs electricity. In general, steam generators need to be at least 25 feet from the steam shower. The steam shower units on SteamShowersInc.com generally house the steam generator on the back of the back panel and connect to the shower unit through a hose.
Note that it’s recommended you have a professional plumber install your steam generator. Steam generators require electrical connections and plumbing. Additionally, if installed incorrectly, a steam generator could explode, causing serious injury and danger to those in the vicinity. Let the professionals do their jobs!
The steam generator works by taking in hot or cold water. This water is heated in a chamber with an electrical coil. (Some steam generators heat the water using fuel, like propane or gas. Most modern steam generators for use in steam shower units are electrical.) The water boils and steam is generated. The steam is piped into the steam shower through a copper pipe or hose.
Steam generators vary in voltage (i.e. 280V or 240V) and wattage. For example, a 6KW steam generator creates steam more quickly and retains temperature more than a 3KW steam generator. Another important detail of a steam generator is how many cubic feet it is rated for. This should be comparable to the size of your shower.
Reasons to Use a Steam Generator
Steam generators use less water than a normal shower. The general rule of thumb is that a steam generator only uses two gallons of water in 20 minutes, while a normal shower uses much more.
In addition to using less water, a steam shower has many more health benefits than a normal shower. While the water and heat from a normal shower will relax and cleanse the body, steam has been used for centuries to treat allergies, sore muscles, respiratory illnesses, to purify the body and more.