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Once thought of as belonging only in spas or gyms, steam rooms are becoming increasingly popular in private homes. This is because they are more affordable than ever and people are better aware of the health benefits they have to offer. If you enjoy basking in a steam room but don’t want to travel to another location in order to enjoy one, having one in your own home could be a good idea.

Sauna vs. Steam Room

Many people think of saunas and steam rooms as being the same thing. Although they are quite similar, they do differ slightly in that saunas provide dry heat, while steam rooms provide moist heat. The heat from a sauna may come from a wood stove or hot rocks, and the temperature inside a sauna is typically between 160 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Water is heated to elevate the temperature in a steam room, which normally reaches about 110 degrees Fahrenheit inside.

Types of Steam Rooms

Steam rooms differ in a lot of ways, and one of the biggest is size. Some steam rooms are actually not much bigger than a stand-up shower stall, while others could be much larger. They could have glass fronts or solid ones that make it impossible to see inside them. The interior normally consists of ceramic tile, but could also be fibreglass. Steam rooms normally have benches in them for seating, and some could even have elaborate temperature control systems, lighting and even music.

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Health Benefits of Steam Rooms

Steam rooms are renowned for their health benefits, a few of which include:

  • Helps remove toxins from the body, thereby giving users more energy
  • Rejuvenates the skin by helping to hydrate it and flush out impurities
  • Relieves aching muscles and joints, which can reduce the pain that results from arthritis
  • Can help eliminate mucus in the throat and lungs, and this can result in better breathing
  • Provides relaxation and is an excellent method of reducing stress, a contributing factor in high blood pressure and migraine headaches

Who should not use Steam Rooms?

While steam rooms can be beneficial to many people, others are advised against using them at all. Pregnant women may not use steam rooms. This is because the sudden rise in body temperature can be harmful to the baby. Patients with diabetes or a circulatory disorder should discuss using steam rooms with their physician beforehand. People who are prone to heat injuries should use caution when entering a steam room, since the heat inside can result in injury if they are not properly hydrated.

Maintaining Steam Rooms

Steam rooms need to be cleaned on a regular basis in order to prevent mould and mildew from growing inside them. The walls of a steam room need to be wiped down at least once a week with an antibacterial cleaner. Floors should also be mopped with a solution of bleach or all-purpose cleaner and water. The corners of a steam room may need to be scrubbed with a stiff brush from time to time in order to loosen any residue. Water nozzles should be taken apart and soaked in white vinegar at least monthly.

Cost of Steam Rooms

The biggest factor in determining steam room costs is its size. When installing a steam room, the location and condition of existing plumbing and electrical wiring can also increase or decrease the final estimate. If the steam room has deluxe features such as music or lighting, this could raise the construction price, since more attention to detail would need to be taken during installation.

Your steam room questions answered

How hot should a steam room be?

This will vary due to personal preference, though it is often ill-advised to maintain a steam room that is significantly warmer than average body temperature, which is 37 degrees.

Why use a steam room?

Steam rooms are designed to ease muscle tension, reduce stress, increase metabolism, and improve skin complexion. They are ideal for relaxation purposes, as well as for health benefits.

What safety features should a steam room contain?

High limit switches that prevent people from turning up the heat too high, along with alarms that will alert users whenever steam temperature is too hot should be installed in your steam room.

How big should a steam room be?

Steam rooms can be any size, but the average one is around 3.5 metres long and 2 metres deep. This size of room can seat between four and six people comfortably.

What is the ideal temperature for a steam room?

A steam room should ideally be kept at around 40 degrees Celsius. A room that temperature will be warm and relaxing, yet not be so hot that spending time in it is unbearable.

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