Steam Shower Sizing (Go to our Steam Shower Sizing Tool)
Sizing a steam shower is the single most important factor in creating the ultimate steam bathing environment. Below are the factors to consider when sizing a steam shower. Ready to size your steam shower? Click here to use our Steam Shower Sizing Tool to size your room and see a custom list of steam generators to suit your specific needs!
The "Steamy Details" on Steam Shower Sizing & Heat Loss!
A steam generator's sole goal is to produce steam heat sufficient to increase the ambient room temperature of a given steam shower enclosure to between 105-120 degrees Fahrenheit in a period of 15-20 minutes while providing thick, rich, foggy steam. This is no easy task...we all react and perceive heat and steam differently and some are more patient than others!
Most steam generators have very little intelligence. From the time the steam bath is initiated until the steam shower generator is turned off, they operate at one speed. This speed, for lack of a better word, is the steam generator heating element's Kilowatt rating or, more commonly known as, KW. A steam generator heating element's Kilowatt rating will determine its steam or, as steam professionals know it, heat output. Here's where it gets interesting...
As the steam generator boils water, it sends steam though a copper line traveling to the intended steam shower enclosure. As hot steam enters the bathing environment through a steam outlet head, it reacts with the enclosure's walls, ceiling, and ambient room temperature resulting in a thick, foggy, cooler steam. Why is this initial steam dense as fog and cool like ocean mist? Why isn't it 212 degrees Fahrenheit as it was when created by the steam generator just seconds ago? The very moment steam exited the boiling reservoir it began to cool as it reacted with everything in its path including the copper steam line, steam room surface materials, and the air inside the enclosure. Collectively, these elements act as a heat sponge, soaking up the steam's heat and leaving only cool mist in its path. It is for this very reason that factors such as exterior walls, wall materials, location of steam shower, ceiling heights (over 96"), and personal steam bathing preferences must be considered along with steam shower volume (cubic feet) when selecting a properly sized steam generator. Different wall materials and steam shower room design features react differently with heat.
Not to worry...Let us tune (size) your room! SteamSaunaBath has been consulting steam bath industry professionals on sizing steam shower enclosures for over 30 years and has developed the most comprehensive, easy to use SIZING TOOL in existence. Check it out...just enter your enclosure's wall measurements, select the wall materials, and answer a few simple questions. Our tool measures each wall individually, considers all steam shower wall materials, exterior walls, windows, skylights, personal bathing preferences, and even sloped ceilings! We will provide you with every steam generator offered that meets your environment's specific and unique characteristics! That's over 98% of the highest quality steam bath generators in the industry! When you are ready to buy, note in the comments field of the order page that you used our sizing tool and you will receive the assurance of our steam generator performance guarantee...when we size it, we guarantee its satisfactory performance!
SteamSaunaBath welcomes the opportunity to review your steam room's sizing...we want you to enjoy the comfort and pleasures of a properly sized steam shower. Call us toll free at 800-707-2862 and we will gladly assist you in sizing and selecting the steam bath generator, controls and accessories to suit your operational goals and your budget. Give us 10 minutes and we will guarantee your steam generator's performance!