Residential Steam Showers

The inhalation of steam has long been known as an effective respiratory therapy, helping to treat ailments like the common cold, asthma, allergies, sinusitis and bronchitis. But steam also provides other health benefits.

“Steam showers are growing in popularity because they offer homeowners a combination of therapeutic benefits, all in one convenient unit,” says Anson Moore, director of brand marketing for Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath.

Today you can build your own personal steam shower in your own home for a lot less than you might think and there’s no need to visit a gymnasium or a spa for a steam bath!

Benefits of a steam shower

  • The inhalation of steam has long been known as an effective respiratory therapy, and helps in treating ailments like the common cold, asthma, allergies

  • Scientists believe the higher temperature stimulates the immune system by boosting the amount of white blood cells in the body and expanding the production of antibodies
  • The heat from steam aids the cardiovascular system by increasing blood flow and circulation due to expansion of blood vessels in the skin

What does a residential steam shower comprise?

The components of a steam shower could be said to include:

  • A shower stall that is fully enclosed to prevent steam from escaping. The stall must extend up to the ceiling line (a seven-foot-high ceiling is recommended) and include a sealed door
  • A compact steam generator, an electro-mechanical unit that can be conveniently installed in a nearby closet, cabinet or other unoccupied space up to 20 feet away from the steam shower enclosure
  • Upgraded electrical (the steam generating unit typically requires a dedicated 220-volt electric supply line.)
  • A waterproofing membrane installed under any tiles
  • Additional plumbing (water, waste and vent.) You also may want to opt for automatic back flush and drainage capability to prevent lime and chemical build-up, which requires the installation of a drain line at the generator
  • An optional folding shower seat