How a Steam Shower Works

After a very long day at work, you are just longing to get home, you step out of the warm comforts of your office building and you trudge through the cold, sloshing your boots into puddles of water and shivering all the way home. You get into your apartment, remove piles of clothing, get settled in and have an aperitif before dinner. After some time, the cold hasn’t left your body and you decide to take a steam bath.

Oh, what bliss! It was just what you needed to take the kinks out of your aching muscles and get you warm all over.

Many people all over the world are thanking their lucky stars for the invention of the steam bath. In Korea for example, people take steam baths in a huge public steam bathing pool where everyone is naked including children and old people. It’s actually a cultural must over there.

The steam bath and its components—aren’t you curious how a steam shower works? In the enclosure of your steam shower unit under jet sprays of hot steam working on your tired muscles and getting the toxins out of your pores, have you ever wondered what parts make a whole to give you such a pleasurable bathing experience?

Find out here.

A steam shower is made up of digital controls, a remote control, steam head, water supply pipe, aroma pump (optional), steam generator, a power voltage regulator (usually at 200 volts), and a heating element/coil.

Think of the whole process as being similar to knocking down dominoes a.k.a. “The Domino Effect.” To make it all work, you first hit the digital controls that basically turn on an electric valve that gets the cold water into the steam generator. This triggers the heating element/coil that will bring the cold water to a boil. Like a whistling kettle, when the water boils, steam escapes, or in this case, steam is channeled into shower panels or steam heads to fill your entire steam room with hot vapor that’s kept at a safe temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit, just the right temperature for your body to take in. However, if you need to adjust the temperature, just reach for your remote control and choose the right “atmosphere” to soak in.

You can soak in the heat for a recommended 20 minutes before, during, or following a shower depending on your mood. You don’t have to worry about wasting water as only a very minimal number of gallons are used for a steam session (Holler for planet Earth!) but use your steam time sparingly and wisely if you are watching your electricity consumption. Yes, it can make a dent into your electric bill if you get used to this luxurious, pampering sauna experience. Further, you had also better make sure that your steam shower enclosure is sealed the right way (steam-proofed) and compact enough to accommodate you so no steam will escape. Remember that water evaporates to steam, if steam dissipates quickly, you will use more water to produce more steam.

TIP: Maximize your steam bath experience by adding in aromatherapy scents or mood music to your steam room or shower stall. This will cost you a little more so you would have to make this a goal or a project.


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