The steam cabin, wellness within your own four walls
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?
A steam bath generator supplies you with the right amount of steam for you. Of course it is adjustable and thus adapts to your individual needs.
Of course there are ready-made steam cabins for sale. These are quickly set up and connected by a specialist and then reliably provide their service. 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 that must be observed:
- 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.
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 cabin 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.
Of course, a steam generator is necessary, which is responsible for the production of 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 mounted horizontally and must not be exposed to moisture. It must therefore not be installed airtight. It is possible to install the generator in the steam seat, but here 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.
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. Put simply: 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 any special ventilation. A tube ventilator is completely sufficient. A window in the steam bath is also sufficient. In any case, it is important that the cabin is 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 room is built by yourself, it should be inspected and approved by a specialist, 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. The skin is freed from impurities because these 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 enough 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.