Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "What is chromatherapy?"
A. Chromatherapy, sometimes called color therapy, is an alternative medicine method. It is claimed that a therapist trained in chromatherapy can use color and light to balance energy wherever a person's body be lacking, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.
Q. "Which components do I need to have for the steam generator system to work?"
A. In order for the system to work you will need the steam generator along with a controller and steamhead (steam head included when you order the controller).
Q. "What is the purpose of the auto drain?"
A. The auto drain feature includes a drain valve that will automatically open and purge the system after the water in the generator's stainless steel reservoir cools. This helps prevent sediment or potential scale build-up, keeps the system clean and can prolong the life of the tank and the heating element.
Q. "If an auto drain is not purchased, can I still drain the generator manually?"
A. Yes, you can purchase a ball valve to drain the system manually. Most generator tanks hold up to approximately one gallon of water. Depending on where you drain this water you might want to wait for the water in the generator reservoir to cool down. To some this can be an inconvenience and will often times be neglected or forgotten.
Q. "Is the auto drain worth purchasing?"
A. This is a personal choice. The auto drain is designed to help prolong the life of the heating tank and element. If you have extremely hard water then it could be worth installing rather than having the expense and or aggravation of replacing the tank or the element prematurely. If your water is filtered and conditioned then there is less chance of having issues with your tank or element as a result of hard water.
Q. "If I purchase the auto drain will I also need to purchase a drain pan?"
A. No, the drain pan is not for catching water from the auto drain. The auto drain is drained with a separate drain line. The drain pan helps protect your house from potential water leaks should the steam generator ever develop a leak in the generator heating tank. The drain pan is designed to set under the generator to catch any water that could leak from the generator and drain it wherever the drain pan outlet is plumbed to drain to.
Q. "I was looking at other steam generators you offer and noticed these were more expensive. Is there any particular reason why?"
A. These are the very best line of steam generators that Steamist has to offer. They feature InstaMist™ which provides instant steam in seconds rather than minutes. These systems also allow for many great accessories to be connected including chromatherapy, aromatherapy and a digital audio system. With all of these great features, you will truly have your very own in-home oasis.
Q. "So does that mean I can convert my existing tub or shower area into a steam room?"
A. Depending on existing circumstances...maybe. However, you must get the advice of a qualified professional (a licensed contractor with plumbing and electrical experience) when planning the conversion. These steam generators are compact so they won't take up much space, low maintenance, and are relatively simple for a professional installer to hook up. While this may not mean a major remodeling project for some, others might have to essentially "start over" with their bathroom since the steambath area must be properly enclosed and all surfaces should be able to get wet without having to worry about mold, mildew, or water damage.
Q. "How close to the seating area should the steamhead be mounted?"
A. The steamhead should be mounted 18" above the finished floor or 6" above the rim of the tub and as far from the seating area as possible. However, the control for the steam generator can be close or far from the seating area as long as it's 48" above the floor.
Q. "How many steam heads can I put on a steam generator?"
A. You can put as many steam heads on your steam generator as you want to. However, the more steamheads you have the more it divides up the steam. Eventually there will be very little steam coming out of the steam heads if there are a lot of them.
Q. "Who can use a steam shower? Are there any restrictions?"
A. Medical professionals consider "steam and sauna" generally healthy to use, but people suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnant women, and the elderly who are not in good health should not take a steambath without consulting a physician first. As with all activities involving heat, it is important to maintain good hydration and "self-monitor" one's body for irregularities or negative effects of the heat. Those with cognitive impairments or who may otherwise not be able to appropriately monitor their own steambath usage should be supervised. Additionally, some say children can use steambaths for short periods of time while others say not at all - we say talk to your child's pediatrician first to help avoid any possible risk of harm.