Sweating in the steam room
Sweating is good for mind and body, the soul relaxes, the body is purified. The skin also benefits and cleanses itself through the elimination of sweat. But go to the sauna regularly, if it is not necessarily around the corner? No, that is far too time-consuming for many people. How about your own steam room? This is pure wellness and brings health and the fun of sweating in close proximity!
Build it yourself or have it built?
Of course there are ready steam cabins for sale. These are quickly set up and connected by a specialist and then do their job reliably. These models are suitable as steam cabins for one or two persons. However, the professional installation also involves considerably higher costs. That is why quite a few lovers of home sweating come up with the idea of building a wellness oasis like the steam cabin themselves.
Important points to consider:
- All materials must be suitable for high temperatures and withstand up to 90 °C.
- The materials must be able to withstand high humidity.
- Existing walls can be used, but must be given special thermal insulation.
- The ceiling should not be flat, otherwise water drops will collect here. A slight curvature or inclination is recommended.
- The surface of the ceiling should be smooth.
A hygrometer is also useful in the steam sauna. It provides you with the most important information.
Liquid foil can be used to seal the walls and floors. Then the steam bath or steam cabin can be covered with tiles or mosaics. It is important that the floor is non-slip, otherwise there is a risk of accidents when the steam room is used. A floor drain should also be provided. A slight slope must be provided for this.
Of course the steam room needs a door. Here safety glass is the first choice. An all-glass door is very suitable, plastic reacts quickly with mould growth in places that are less easy to clean. There should be an air slot on the underside of the door to allow fresh air to enter the cabin. This prevents heat accumulation in the steam bath.
What is needed, of course, is a steam generator, which is responsible for generating the steam. It is connected to the water supply. If the water in a region is very hard, a water softener should be connected in between. The steam generator can be connected up to five metres away, for example in a ventilated cabinet. The steam flows into the steam cabin through a copper pipe, which should be at least ½ inch. Ready-made steam pipes are also available for this purpose.
Important: The steam generator must be installed horizontally and must not be exposed to moisture. It must therefore not be installed airtight. It is possible to install the steam generator in the steam seat, however, an opening for fresh air and a so-called service opening must be provided. Hot or cold water can be used to connect the steam generator. If hot water is used, the heating time is shortened.
A proper steam generator is the heart of your new steam sauna.
The steam pipe is laid with a slight downward slope and must under no circumstances have a kink. Otherwise water will collect in it and a water bag will form. The temperature sensor is best installed at head height, i.e. it hangs at a height of 130 to 150 cm. The reason for this is that it is most important to determine how hot or cold it is in the steam room. In simple terms: if the temperature at the head is felt to be too high, it usually is. A glance at the thermometer is then enough to find out whether the temperature is still okay or not.
It is important that the steam nozzle is never installed under a seat. The risk of scalding is simply too great.
The steam room must be well insulated. The better the insulation, the faster the desired temperature can be reached. An unnecessarily high ceiling height should also be avoided. It takes too much energy to heat the entire cabin.
If you would like to preheat the seat, you should definitely provide it with heating cables. If necessary, the seat can then be preheated to 38 °C.
The steam cabin does not need special ventilation. A tube fan is completely sufficient. Even a window, which is located in the steam bath, is sufficient. In any case, it is important that the sauna can be well ventilated, otherwise the formation of mould is encouraged. If there is no window, at least a room dehumidifier should be used.
Important: If the steam cabin is built by yourself, it should be inspected and approved by an expert, unless you have sufficient technical knowledge. This is the only way to avoid dangerous sweating and to prevent technical problems from quickly putting an end to the enjoyment of the steam bath.
Why does sweating make sense?
Sweating has positive effects on the entire body.
Impurities are removed from the skin because they are simply carried out with the sweat.
The immune system is strengthened by the temperature stimuli. The body is stimulated to develop more resistance. In this respect, sweating is very beneficial, especially during the cold season. However, the positive effects of sweating should not be foregone during the rest of the year either.
Many people who regularly go to the sauna or steam room report how comfortable they would feel if they could relax properly when sweating. There is no room for negative thoughts and nobody can sit in the cabin with a laptop or smartphone. So the body finally has the time to really relax.
After the sweating cure the body should have sufficient time to recover. Of course, sweating is also possible "in between", but it is advisable to consciously take time for this. This develops into a ritual for relaxation, which is very important in hectic everyday life.