Steam units are generally installed in custom showers, but they may be placed in standard prefab shower enclosures or standard tub settings – anyplace that can be enclosed to keep the steam in. For optimum use, the ceiling in your steam room/shower should be less than eight feet high.
Regardless of the installation, the cubicles must be sealed, so shower doors must be custom-fitted to completely cover the opening. Conventional showerheads and controls will share the same space so you can shower off after your steam treatment.
Steam units are becoming very popular for use in conjunction with a program of aromatherapy. Most offer a receptacle for aromatic scents that vaporize with the steam to provide an even more soothing environment.
The steam-generating unit can be concealed in any convenient location adjacent to the shower enclosure, behind walls or inside cabinets. The compact steam generator hides quietly in the vanity, closet or even an insulated attic or basement. In addition, low voltage controls are safe and easy to operate, and the system is virtually maintenance free.
Since the heating units are hidden from view, there aren’t any decorative concerns to deal with other than the electronic controls, which are available in a choice of trim options.
Standing is not a comfortable position in a steam showers so ensure a seat or bench is part of the design. Important! Plan the location of steam nozzles so they won’t injure a person seated in the enclosure. Slant the ceiling away from the seating area to ensure that condensing water won’t drip on someone in the seat.
Don’t buy a steam or sauna unit without consulting with your electrician. The place chosen for the unit must be accessible for service.
To determine the size of steam generator required you will need to know the cubic area of the steam shower, the wall material to be used and if the steam shower will have any exterior facing walls. Bring that information with you when choosing the generator.