Frequently Asked Questions
If I select the Total Sense TSC-450 Digital Control, do I also have to install the complete menu of AromaSense, ChromaSense and AudioSense options?
No. If you purchase the TSC-450 Digital Control, you can then select all three Total Sense Spa Options, or choose AromaSense, ChromaSense and AudioSense as individual Spa Options. If you purchase a “TSG” Total Sense Steam Generator but choose not to install any of the Spa Options, you may purchase the TSC-250 or TSC-250T Digital Control, with or without the TSX-220 or TSX-220T on/off control.
Do I have a choice of finishes for Steamist components in my steam shower?
Is the steam generator expensive to use or operate?
No. Conservative on water (1 – 1 ½ gallon average) and electricity, Steamist is a very cost effective way to relax at home. As compared to whirlpool tubs, 2-3 fills of the tub can give the bather a year’s worth of steambaths.
Are there any restrictions on using a steambath or saunabath?
Yes. Doctors 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 or saunabath without consulting a physician. Women who are pregnant should also consult their physician before use.
What makes a Steamist Steambath an “Attainable Luxury?”
If you think adding a steambath to your home is a major remodeling project, you may want to reconsider. The compact steam generator can fit inside a typical vanity cabinet, and the plumbing and electrical connections are simple for your professional installer. In many cases your installer can convert an existing tub/shower into a steambath by enclosing the door so steam does not escape from above.
What about maintenance?
The Steamist system is virtually maintenance-free, and is covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the Steam Generators.
What’s the difference between a Steambath and Sauna? Does Steamist offer Sauna room systems?
First, both steam and sauna systems provide similar benefits for your mental and physical well-being. The difference between a steambath and a sauna is basically “wet heat” versus “dry heat”. Sauna room temperatures may actually be higher, but you may “feel the heat” more by adding steam. It really comes down to personal preference. A steam bath system, however, can generally be more easily integrated into an existing bathroom or new home plan at lower cost. Steamist offers a complete selection of Sauna Heaters and Sauna Room Systems.
Can my existing tub/shower be converted to a steambath?
Depending on existing circumstances, it may be converted. However, you must get the advice of a qualified professional (a licensed contractor with plumbing and electrical experience) before proceeding ahead with your plans.
Does my existing tub/shower require any modifications to make it a steam shower?
Yes. The door and enclosure must be totally enclosed, so the steam does not escape from above. A 3/8″ gap at the bottom of the door will allow cooler air to enter the shower for a more dense steam experience.
Can I use aromatherapy products in my steam shower?
Yes. The Steamist 3199 Steamhead has a “well” in the top. This allows you to put a couple of drops of essential oils in it. This is a wonderful enhancement to the steam experience. However, do not put oils on the steam head while steam is being emitted from the head as there is possibility for injury due to burning. Caution: Steam is 212°F, in other words, steam is HOT!
I have very hard water. Is there anything that I need to do to protect my steam unit?
You may want to consider a whole house water treatment system if the water quality is a concern. The Steamist steam generator can operate in conjunction with a water softener. It is important to realize that good water is a condition which is desirable for drinking as well as protecting the plumbing systems, decorative hardware, faucets and glass from the negative effects of hard water. An automatic drain is also available but not required for the generator.
Do you need an exhaust fan in the steamroom?
No. After a steambath take a hot or cold shower and the steam condenses down the drain.
What do I need to install a Steamist steam generator in my house?
The installation requirements are relatively simple with connections similar to that of a Hot Water Heater with 240 Volt Electricity and a cold (or hot) Water Supply to the unit. A Steam line to the bathing area and a Glass Steam enclosure is all that is necessary to complete the installation.
Can I use a 120V steam generator instead of a 240V generator?
A 120V generator has limited applications. It can be used in small acrylic shower units, which don’t have high heat demands due to size and wall materials. In today’s upscale steam showers, demands of time and materials such as marble, travertine, etc. have power requirements, which are best served by a 240V generator. Heat loss from an open door can be recovered quickly. This is not possible with a 120V unit (Ask your Sales Associate for help in sizing the proper steambath generator to avoid purchasing the improper unit or refer to the Residential Steambath System Selection Guide or the Commercial Generator Sizing Guide). NOTE: Steamist also manufactures 208V generators to match local utilities where this voltage is used.
Does the steam generator take up any usable bathroom space?
No. The unit is compact in size and can be installed preferably up to 25 feet away from the bathing area in a vanity, closet, insulated attic, or basement.
Is the steam generator easy to operate?
Yes. Attractive Finger Tip Time/Temperature Controls inside (or outside) the steamroom make it both convenient and very comfortable to relax and enjoy a steambath.