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A steam generator control is the user-interface for the steam bath generator.  On, off, steam bathing temperature control, and much more is available at your fingertips from both inside and outside the steam shower.  From simple to sophisticated, steam generator control design and features vary greatly in both design and features, each uniquely enhancing the steam bathing experience!

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Outside-the-steam-shower (exterior) controls can be installed anywhere that is convenient with primary consideration given to accessibility while steam bathing. Exterior controls are convenient when initiating the steam bath, however they can be quite inconvenient when the bather wants to stop the steam generator or adjust the bathing environment. Leaving the steam shower to make control adjustments during your bath is quite unpleasant. When an outside control is desired, SteamSaunaBath always recommends the installation of a secondary control inside the steam shower for a safer, convenient, and pleasant steam bathing experience.

Inside-the-steam-shower (interior) controls are low voltage and generally installed approximately 48" off the floor, furthest away from the steam outlet head and within reach of the steam bather while relaxing. SteamSaunaBath highly recommends the installation of at least one interior steam shower control. Consider the value and convenience of adjusting your environment while seated or relaxed. Additionally, an interior control offers simplicity of operation for both infrequent steam bathers and guests. When a single interior steam shower control is utilized, special consideration should be given to installing it in close proximity to the enclosure door for easy on/off operation.

A secondary or dual control system offers the steam bather the most flexibility and sophistication in steam bath operation. Initiate your 10-minute vacation without entering the enclosure. Let the room gently warm as the inside control monitors the environment. Enter your sanctuary minutes later never looking back at the world outside as you enjoy complete control of your steam bathing comfort.

Wireless remote controls (RF & IR) allow for complete steam bath control from the comfort of your steam shower seat. Approved for inside the shower operation, these hand-held remotes afford the bather the ultimate in luxury and convenience.

Provided below is a detailed accounting for every type of control used to initiate the steam bathing experience since the early days of steam bathing. Still today, all of these methods are readily available and actively utilized to deliver the pleasures steam bathing affords. Mounted either inside and/or outside of the steam shower enclosure, when selecting a control system, consider your preferences on design, features, location, aesthetics, and cost to determine the appropriate control for your desired environment.

Mechanical Timer Control Package- $69.00-$122.00
This 30 or 60-minute timer device mounts outside the steam shower and has been operating steam generators for over 40 years.  Simple, reliable and operates at 110 or 240 volts AC, the mechanical timer is now seldom selected due to the advent of the electronic, low voltage, inside-the-steam shower silent timer.

Air Switch Control- $29.00-$109.00
Mounted inside the steam shower and only used in conjunction with a mechanical timer or time delay device, this no-voltage, low profile and air-transmitting switch will allow you to turn on and off the steam generator without opening or exiting the steam bathing environment. The air switch control was the first step to luxury steam bathing affording the bather steam on/off capability without ever leaving their steam shower environment. Reliable and still commonly utilized today, steam bathers who enjoy this method of steam shower operation swear they need absolutely nothing else! Look to the TSX-220 Control by Steamist for an example of this type of steam bathing control operation.

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On/Off Electronic Timer Control- $66.00-$440.00
Operating a steam bath generator with a low-voltage, electronic timer, provides for silent, simple, on/off touch pad operation. Often pre-set by the manufacturer for 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes, this sleek, low profile control can be installed inside or outside the steam shower environment and will start and stop your steam bath with the touch of a button. Supplied with a cable for easy installation, electronic timers are often employed as a secondary control when purchased with its temperature-regulating control counterpart. Look to the K30 Control Package by Amerec for an example of this type of steam bathing control operation.

On/Off/Temperature & Electronic Timer Control Package- $171.00-$810.00
Available for installation both inside and/or outside the steam shower enclosure, temperature controls allow the user to select their desired steam bathing temperature.  Adjustable from 90-130 degrees Fahrenheit, features include on/off, time, clock, flush and memory setting capabilities (functions vary by manufacturer).  Connected and communicating with the steam generator by a factory provided, snap-in cord, when set and activated, temperature controls will automatically turn the steam generator on and off maintaining the steam shower's temperature set point for the most sophisticated steam bathing pleasure. Look to the TSC-250 by Steamist for an example of this type of steam bathing control operation.

Dual, On/Off/Temperature & Electronic Timer Control Packages-$471.00-$920.00
Dual steam generator control operation allows the user to initiate their steam bath and adjust desired steam bathing settings from two controls installed both inside and outside the steam shower.  Adjustable from 90-130 degrees Fahrenheit, features include on/off, time, clock, flush and memory setting capabilities (varies by manufacturer).  When set and activated, these controls will automatically turn the steam generator on and off maintaining the steam shower's temperature control set point for the most sophisticated and convenient steam bathing pleasure.

Wireless Remote Control- $261.00-$384.00
The future of steam bathing is here! Who would have ever thought? Designed to work in conjunction with your wall control and available in infrared (IR) format, control of the steam bath generator has never been more convenient. Fitting in the palm of your hand and from the comfort of your steam room seat, you can activate and adjust the desired steam bath duration and temperature, view the room temperature, turn the steam generator on and off, initiate the generator maintenance flush system, plus fine-tune preferred mood lighting, and select a favorite song from the in-shower stereo system (features vary by manufacturer)! Look to the TSR Total Sense Remote Control by Steamist for an example of this type of steam bathing operation.

Note: We realize there are many details, facts, and features to learn about when selecting a steam bath generator and control system to meet your needs. Rely on our knowledgeable team to lead you through this process. Give us 10 minutes on the phone to clear the air on the best equipment for your application and budget! Call us toll free at 800-707-2862 for immediate assistance!

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