Steam Bath Generator
There is a large selection of steam generators on the market.
Below you will find tips for choosing the best steam generator for
The size of the steam room is the most important thing to consider
when choosing a steam generator. Other considerations include how
often the bath will be used and the location where the generator
will be installed.
Most steam generators are powered with electricity, there are a few
gas steam generators but these are generally for commercial use.
Keep in mind when choosing a location that there will need to be
Generators are measured by their output capacity in cubic feet. This
refers to the size of the steam bath. Measure the cubic feet of the
steam bath by taking the length times the width and then times the
height of the enclosure.
Depending on the type of material used to construct the steam bath a
higher capacity generator may be required. Some materials such as
concrete or marble absorb heat so the cubic foot capacity of the
generator will have to be increased. Other materials such as glass,
stone and slate also absorb heat. Additional capacity must be added
for exterior walls and high ceilings also.
For example if the bath is 2 ft wide, 8 ft long, and 8 ft high, the
enclosure is 128 cubic feet. If the walls and ceilings are covered
with ceramic tile a generator rated 120 cubic feet to 130 cubic feet
can be used. However, if the walls and ceilings include glass or
stone, the steam generator should be rated approximately 250 cubic
Larger sized generators with higher capacity are more expensive
because they require more material in construction. Prices normally
also vary between manufacturers for units of the same size. The
price is also affected by the quality of machinery and amount of
aftermarket service the manufacturer offers. Steam generators with
substantial warranty will generally offer good quality components
therefore making them a higher price.
Some units offer extra features such as sensors that detect problems
in water or electrical supply. These sensors can be useful in
determining problems that may arise while using the generator.
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There are several well-known manufacturers of residential units
among these are: Steam-Whirl, Steamist, Thermasol and Amerec. All of
these companies offer both industrial and residential units, and
back up their products with guarantees. Their pricing is quite
comparable, although some offer special features such as aroma pumps
and advanced steam controls.
A plumber should be able to recommend a particular generator. He can
give advice about capacity and also installation areas on the
A building contractor may also be needed to make modifications
unless the bath is built to accommodate a steam bath. Before
installing a steam bath it is a good idea to understand the cost
involved and the work required.
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