Steam Systems - FAQs

What is the difference between a Steam Bath and a Sauna Bath?

The primary differences between steam and sauna baths are the temperature, humidity levels and room construction. Steam is a wet environment with temperatures usually in a range of 110 to 125 degrees F and relative humidity close to 100%. A sauna is a dry environment with temperatures ranging between 165 to 185 degrees F and low humidity levels of 10 to 20%. Sauna rooms feature walls and benches made of soft woods such as cedar, hemlock, alder or spruce, while steam baths require moisture resistant walls such as porcelain tile, marble, granite, travertine or acrylic material.

Can Aromatherapy products be used in a Steam Bath?

Yes, steam baths are an excellent environment to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. Fragrance oils enhance the steam bathing experience and provide additional relief when suffering from a cold or when your respiratory system is congested

How long does it take for my Steam Bath to heat up before it’s ready to be used?

Steam will begin flowing into the room within 4 to 6 minutes after the system is turned on. Depending on room material and other room construction variables, it should take an additional 10 to 20 minutes for the ambient room temperature to reach the desired temperature setting

Can an existing shower be converted into a Steam Bath?

Virtually any shower space can be converted to a steam bath by adding an airtight door and totally enclosing the space to prevent steam from escaping. A qualified professional contractor should be consulted before starting the project.

What is the best ceiling height for a steam room / shower?

The ideal ceiling height is 7′ to prevent uncomfortable temperature variations common in steam rooms with ceiling heights greater than 8′.

Does a steam room need to be insulated?

Insulation is highly recommended. Insulation in the walls and ceiling will make the room easier and more economical to heat. Also, insulated walls will reduce exterior noises from disrupting the tranquil environment inside the steam bath.

Should I install an exhaust fan or special ventilation in the steam room / shower?

Ceiling vents inside the steam room are not recommended or necessary. Steam is quickly dissipated when you turn on the water to shower after ending your steam bath. If vents or exhaust fans are used, they must be installed with a vapor-tight seal and have a positive closing damper to prevent heat from escaping. Many people install an exhaust fan in the ceiling near the steam shower door to remove excess steam when the door is opened.

How does the steam enter the room/shower?

Steam is piped from the generator through a 1/2″ copper line that connects to a steam outlet head(s) installed in the wall of the room typically located a minimum of 18″ above the floor, and should be in an area that minimizes potential bather contact. Multiple steam heads should be installed in large rooms for more even steam distribution.