Before installing steam showers, you should be aware of the optimum way to get satisfactory results.
Here are 15 tips to help you set up your next shower:
1. Don’t Exceed a Ceiling Height of Eight Feet
The maximum ceiling height of a steam shower should be eight feet. Otherwise, you’ll need to install a stronger steam generator to create enough steam to fill the extra volume.
2. Make Sure the Shower Space is Insulated and Closed
A closed, insulated space helps keep the steam from escaping. Make sure the shower door is watertight. Suitable materials include marble, tile or any non-porous material.
3. Seats Should Have a Fold-up Feature
A fold-up seat conserves space in the shower, especially if it’s on the smaller side.
4. Install Built-in Seating
A built-in, sloped seat helps bathers feel more comfortable.
5. Seal Light Fixtures
Vapor sealed lighting fixtures that have been approved for use in steam showers are the only type of lighting that can be used. Make sure the light fixture has a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to turn off the light if any moisture is detected.
6. Anti-Slip Features
Stop bathers from slipping by putting anti-slip strips on the floor of the shower.
7. Choose the Right Location for Your Steam Generator
The steam generator must be installed within a 60-foot radius of the shower.
8. Use the Right Materials
Porous materials dissipate heat, which is why you should only use non-porous materials.
9. Choose an Appropriate Location for the Steam Head
Install the steam head in a position that makes it opposite the seat and the entrance, about 6 inches to a foot off the ground.
10. Select the Right Location for the Steam Control
The steam control should be in a place that the bather can easily reach, even while seated, away from the direct steam flow and 4-5 feet away from the ground.
11. Get Professional Help for Connections
Consult a licensed plumber and electrician to connect the steam shower to your home’s existing plumbing and electricity systems. These connections require professional expertise.
12. Only Use UL-Listed Steam Generators
Don’t use any steam generator that’s not UL-listed.
13. Connect to the Household Electricity Supply
Use a circuit breaker to connect your household’s electricity to the low voltage steam shower control unit. Tell your electrician whether your electrical system is 240 volts or 208 volts. You’ll have to install a power supply disconnect as well.
14. Install Double-Pane Windows
Double-pane windows keep the shower room insulated and stop heat from escaping and cold from entering.
15. Keep HVAC Devices out of the Steam Room
Air conditioners, heating units and other HVAC devices and vents cannot be installed inside the steam room or shower. Instead, install a bathroom fan outside the steam shower to eliminate moisture from the bathroom.