Creating Your Blissful Steam Haven is Easier Than You Might Think
For many centuries, people all over the world have been using steam for relaxation, healing, and pleasure. The luxurious nature of this experience led to a common misconception that steam rooms are hard to afford.
In reality, leveraging the power of steam in your home is easier than you may think. Surpassingly enough, installing a steam shower costs less than a full bathroom remodel.
Understanding what goes into steam shower installation can take you closer to a rejuvenating and luxurious steam experience.
Layout and Design
Before choosing the equipment and going into the technical aspects, you have to plan where you want to install the steam shower. To do that, you need to measure the space and decide how big your shower area will be. This will define the size of the generator and the volume of the materials.
The multiple benefits of using a steam shower are directly related to your design preferences. Do you want a large shower stall? Sophisticated controls? Spa therapies? Built-in bench? These choices won't just define the cost of your steam shower but also improve your experience.
Even minor details can make a big difference when using a steam shower. If you aren't sure about some of the design choices, you can ask MrSteam professionals to help you make a decision or gain inspiration from our Dream Bathroom Remodel Guide.
MrSteam's Innovative VirtualSpa Tool
Planning a steam shower or room for your home is often complicated because it's hard to imagine what the final product will look like. MrSteam's VirtualSpa tool can help you visualize your new steam shower and calculate its approximate cost.
To take a closer look at your new shower room, you have to provide dimensions, choose accessories, select the control system, and decide on the spa therapies. It's a great opportunity to play around with options to design the perfect system that fits your budget. You could find that even the smallest features transform your shower dramatically and vice versa.
It may not be easy to design your dream steam room without additional information. For more data, you can explore steam shower guides and specs that are readily available on the website.
Choosing the Right Generator
The generator is the most important part of your steam system. It determines the efficiency and the cost of the shower. To choose the right generator for your project, you have to consider two factors:
Large shower spaces require more powerful generators. To understand what type of generator you need, you have to measure the length, width, and height of the shower stall or room. A small generator can't fill a large room with enough steam while a large generator will waste energy on small space.
The materials you select for the walls and ceiling of your shower space affect the type and size of the generator you need.
- Porous materials (marble, granite, concrete) cause heat loss and add around 50% to your shower space volume calculation
- Non-porous materials (fiberglass, acrylic, glass tiles) keep heat inside, so they don't require a larger generator
Based on the shower dimensions and preferred materials, MrSteam's Virtual Spa tool can help you choose a suitable steam generator.
Steam shower installation isn't a time-consuming process. However, if you don't have the required technical expertise and experience with such installation, doing this on your own isn't recommended.
If you decide to DIY, MrSteam offers many helpful videos and guides to help you do it. The basics include:
- Measuring the shower space volume
- Choosing the best place to install the controls
- Planning the placement of the shower head and floor drain
- Waterproofing the steam space
- Planing the steam generator plumbing connections
- Planning the electrical
- Finding the ideal steam generator location
- Planning the stall materials
- Planning the ventilation
Each of MrSteam's products comes with an installation manual. You can also review the installation basics on the website. If you aren't sure that you can install the steam shower safely on your own, consider opting for professional installation. Keep in mind that for the warranty to remain valid, installation must be performed by licensed electricians and plumbers.
Maintenance and Care
The longevity of your steam system depends on a comprehensive approach to its maintenance. The key elements include:
- Cleaning your shower regularly to avoid mold and mildew
- Drying out the bathroom space after using the shower
- Installing an Auto Flush System that flushes the generator after each use and keeps it free from mineral deposits
- Adding a water softening system to your home to prevent the accumulation of mineral deposits
- Checking all seals and joints for tightness once a year
If you don't have an Auto Flush System or a water softening system, you may need to clean the steam shower generator manually several times a year. Since it requires access to the internal part of the generator, it's better to leave the cleaning to professionals.
Taking the First Step Toward Your Steam Haven
Steam showers aren't luxury features. They are an affordable option that comes with many benefits for your health and well-being. Careful planning, smart feature selection, and meticulous steam shower installation are key to an enjoyable steam experience.
MrSteam doesn't just offer you high-quality steam shower equipment with multiple features. We provide you with all documentation, guides, and tips to make steam shower installation and maintenance easier.
If you're ready to transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat, don't hesitate to contact our team today.