First off, what is a steam shower?
A steam shower is a type of shower that uses a steam generator to produce hot steam. This hot steam provides a 100% humidity experience, which offers a luxurious and relaxing bathing experience, with numerous health benefits. We here at ArtofSteamCo are happy to help you purchase your steam shower components, but there are some steps you need to make before so.
Why should you consider purchasing a steam shower?
Before you make a decision, it's important to understand the benefits of having a steam shower in your home. Here are a few reasons why you should consider purchasing one:
- Relaxation: Steam showers provide a spa-like experience, helping you relax and unwind after a long day.
- Improved circulation: The steam and heat from a steam shower can improve blood circulation, promoting better overall health.
- Detoxification: Steam showers help open up your pores and cleanse your skin, allowing toxins to be released from your body.
- Respiratory health: The steam can help alleviate respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, and sinus congestion.
- Muscle recovery: Steam showers can help soothe sore muscles and promote faster muscle recovery after exercise.
Steps to take before purchasing a steam shower
Before reaching out to us to purchase the components of a steam shower, there are a few important steps you should take:
1. Determine the available space
Measure the shower you plan to use as a steam shower. Consider the height, width, and depth of the area where you plan to install the steam shower. You will need these measurements to know what size of generator you need. You will also need to consider the general requirements of a steam enclosure such as making sure it is completely enclosed and that the ceiling of the shower has a slope (ideal). You will also need to determine where you will install the steam generator. The generator can typically be installed about 50 feet away max (some brands can be less or more) and it needs to be in an insulated area that is accessible and away from any outside elements.
2. Check the electrical requirements
Steam showers require a dedicated electrical circuit. Consult with an electrician to ensure that your bathroom can accommodate the electrical needs of a steam shower. We have had customers purchase a generator that is the correct size for them, but their electrical system was not powerful enough to support it and they had to abandon the project, always check with an electrician first!
3. Assess the plumbing requirements
Steam showers require not only copper lines to the steam head, but most require two different drain lines (ThermaSol generators with PowerFlush are an exception). These drain lines must be able to drain to an approved area baed on your city code. Make sure your bathroom has the necessary plumbing infrastructure to support a steam shower. You also need to make sure your shower is properly waterproofed for a steam shower (vapor barriers, backer boards, or the use of natural stone/glass).
4. Research reputable brands
Take the time to research different brands of steam showers. Read customer reviews, compare features, and consider your budget before making a decision. We have some blogs that compare the steam shower brands that we offer. You can read our grades for different brands here, you can also read our comparison of technology and features from different brands here.
5. Consider additional features
Think about the additional features you may want in a steam shower, such as speakers, aromatherapy options, or chromatherapy lighting. Determine which features are important to you and prioritize accordingly. Some brands like ThermaSol offer the integration of your shower and your steam shower, all being controlled by one unit, which may be something you want to consider.
6. Set a budget
Decide on a budget for your steam shower purchase. Consider not only the initial cost of the unit but also any additional installation or maintenance expenses.
7. Consult with a professional
Before finalizing your decision, consult with a professional who specializes in steam shower installations. They can provide valuable insights and help ensure that the installation process goes smoothly. Make sure your contractor is experienced with steam showers, or has someone on board that is. Many of the steam shower brands have local authorized service agents that can be a great resource. You can also reach out to the professionals from the individual steam shower brands as well, you can find their contact info here.
Purchasing a steam shower can be a great investment in your overall well-being as well as your home value. By following these steps and considering all the necessary factors, you can make an informed decision and enjoy the many benefits of a steam shower in your own home.
If you have decided that a steam shower is right for you after taking the steps above, feel free to contact us for product advice as our professionals will be able to provide suggestions for what will work best for your project!