Steam Outlet Head & Diffuser
It is through the steam outlet head that steam enters the bathing environment. The force, sound, and amount of steam entering the steam shower are dependent on the Kilowatt rating of the steam generator and the outlet head's orifice size and shape. In general, the greater the Kilowatt rating of a steam generator, the greater the heat and noise delivered by the steam outlet head. All steam heads will make some noise during operation and this gentle hiss is considered calming and soothing by most!
During operation, the steam outlet head will become extremely hot (+or- 212 degrees Fahrenheit) as it delivers steam in a downward and outward direction into the steam bathing environment. Additionally, the immediate surrounding area will reach extreme temperature levels. It is important to situate the steam outlet head approximately 8"-12" off the floor, 12" away from any adjacent wall and where incidental contact by bather cannot occur. For steam showers designed in a tub/shower, 8" above the tub edge is generally suggested. Additionally, unless specified otherwise by the manufacturer, only one steam outlet head is recommended per steam room.
A steam outlet head has absolutely no control over the amount of steam or heat entering the steam shower environment. It's purpose is to provide for an attractive means to safely disperse the steam and heat into the room. The steam outlet head is normally packaged with the steam generator control in a matching decorative finish. For cleaning, make certain the steam generator is off and not creating steam and gently wipe with a warm wet cloth.
As a precautionary and safety measure, SteamSaunaBath always recommends the installation of a steam diffuser over the steam outlet head. Simple to install, a steam diffuser is instrumental in the creation of a well-balanced, pleasurable and safe bathing environment. When placed over the steam outlet head, the diffuser/shield diffuses the heat and re-directs the steam in an upward direction. The addition of this device will enable the bather to move more comfortably about the steam shower.
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The SteamSaunaBath Team routinely conducts steam bathing tests with all steam generators, steam outlet heads and room sizes. The diffuser, though not pretty, has been proven essential. We believe the diffuser is so important to the balance and comfort of the steam bathing environment, that our technical team has designed and manufactured a more attractive and durable option! Capable of being installed on every steam outlet head ever manufactured and uniquely constructed for aesthetics, durability and superior performance, a steam guard is an essential component to reclaim a steam shower's usable floor space and preclude incidental contact with steam emissions.
Important: Always read the manufacturer's installation instructions when locating and installing a steam outlet head. The above detail offers generally accepted information and in no way is meant to replace the specific detail of the installation instructions for a particular make or model steam bath generator.