Steam shower generators are a way for modern man to experience the steam bath of Roman times. In a steam shower a steam shower generator produces steam or water vapor that surrounds the bather. It is a self-contained shower, sealed off to the rest of the room to avoid damaging paint, wallpaper, or drywall. Unlike a steam room, a steam shower also incorporates the elements of a typical shower as well. They can also be tricked out with such luxuries as foot massagers, water massage jets, radio and CD audio inputs and even waterproof LCD screens. It is even possible to blend a steam shower and a whirlpool into one unit.
What is a steam shower generator? Basically, it is a toaster to a breadbox sized steam engine that holds about a gallon of cold water. Water flows into the generator where it is heated by the heating element, producing steam. Once the steam is produced it passes through the steam valve and plumbing to the shower head or nozzle where it is released as steam, never to exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Shower enclosures must be floor to ceiling and be able to be sealed, otherwise the steam will escape into the room, damaging the walls and not providing the steam shower desired.
A steam shower generator has one job, to produce steam and produce it quickly. Typically the steam is released through a nozzle or head. The generator is usually equipped anywhere within close proximity of the shower enclosure, often hidden from view. Generators must heat up and generate steam quickly and efficiently. However, the person in the shower should have complete control over the temperature and the duration of the shower. Too hot or too cold is not good, too long can be dangerous.
Controls for these 2 functions, temperature and duration, can be installed together outside or inside the shower or installed independently, one in the shower and one out. The generator itself is often placed under a vanity, concealed and close to a water source. It can also be placed in a closet, as long as the closet has close proximity to the shower and the water source.
The benefits of steam baths have been touted for centuries. They are numerous, many of which can also be obtained through a sauna. These include, improved circulation, relief from sinus issues, respiratory relief, increased immune health, relief from stiff muscles and joints, and a healthy glow to your skin. Steam causes the body to sweat which, in turn cleans out pores and detoxifies your skin, leading to a healthy glow. Psychologically, the use of a steam shower can greatly reduce stress and relax you. An added benefit is the fact that a 20 minute bath only uses 2 gallons of water, making it a very “green” way to bathe. On the other hand, the electricity used will cause your electric bill to go up due to the 7 kilowatts or more used.