Mr. Steam’s new iSteam control is a hit

Posted June 5th, 2013 by admin and filed in Steam Rooms

In the “high-tech” world we live in, most people want the best, brightest, newest technology. With the newest upgrades to the Mr. Steam line, the bathroom is no longer an exception.

Mr. Steam’s newest control, the iSteam, allows you to touch and swipe your way to controlling the temperature, time, audio, visual and scent elements of your steam room. This touch screen control literally puts the overall functionality of your steam room at your fingertips.

We’re not the only ones who are excited about Mr. Steam’s newest addition. USAToday recently included the iSteam in their article about upgrade your bathroom. You can read that article right here.

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The Difference Between Saunas and Steam Rooms

While many people use the terms “sauna” and “steam room” interchangeably, they are actually two different types of enclosures with two completely different environments.

A steam room, sometimes called a steam shower, is not a sauna. A sauna is constructed from porous material (usually high grade cedar), while a steam room is constructed of something completely nonporous, such as plastic, tile or glass.

Steam rooms use steam generators, which directly heat the water, filling the enclosure with clouds of condensed water vapor. In an environment such as this, the humidity exceeds 100 percent, and the temperature is typically in the range of 115 to 120 F.

In contrast, a sauna heater heats the air in an enclosure, with humidity levels as low as 2 or 3 percent and temperatures as high as 190 F (at least within 6″ of the ceiling). These heaters also heat a compartment of sauna stones onto which water can be poured to create a “wet” sauna experience. Even in this type of environment, however, the humidity is still only at 10 to 15 percent.

The difference between a sauna and steam room is a matter of preference. Both are relaxing, and surprisingly enough, both have the very same well documented health benefits.

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Commercial Steam Generators VS Residential Steam Generators

There are basically two types of steam generator designs – those that employ a pressurized boiler system and are suitable for the constant duty of a commercial application, and those that simply produce steam on an open line under no pressure (also known as “low pressure”) and are mostly for residential use.

Residential generators may cost less than commercial ones at the start, but given the fact that they constantly require repair after just a couple/few years of use in a commercial setting, in the long run they cost more than a pressurized boiler system in parts, service, and especially downtime.

If you think about the way these generators operate, the reason for the difference should become more apparent. On steam generators that make steam on an open line, each time the thermostat calls for steam, the entire circuit is powered, and each time the steam room reaches the desired temperature the entire circuit is shut down. In such a manner, the main circuit and all of its internal switches likely operate dozens of times per hour.

In a pressurized, commercial grade boiler system, constant steam is maintained under pressure in the steam tank. The thermostat simply operates a solenoid valve on the steam line, opening and closing as needed. The main power circuit only operates to maintain the required pressure in the tank – only a fraction of the number of times that the main circuit is switched in a residential steam generator.

Another side benefit of the commercial system is that the steam is always “on demand” right behind that steam solenoid valve, ready to flow instantly.

Many companies make only non-pressurized generators and claim that they’re suitable for use under constant duty. From our parts sales and nearly three decades in this business, we’ve seen the proof countless times that this is simply not true. To view our full line of both Mr. Steam and Tylo steam generators please visit the Steam Generators page on our parent site (http://www.almostheaven.net/aho/steamgen.htm).

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Welcome to Almost Heaven Group’s blog!

Posted April 1st, 2010 by admin and filed in Hot Tubs and Spas, Saunas, Steam Rooms

On this blog you’ll find helpful information about saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, and all related accessories and components.  If you have an idea for a blog post you’d like to see here, please feel free to shoot us an e-mail at blog@almostheaven.net

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