Archive for the ‘Steam Showers’ Category

What is a Wetroom?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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The home bathroom has been undergoing some extensive makeovers in recent years. As space becomes more important, bathrooms are transforming into multitasking rooms that go beyond their utilitarian purpose. A popular new take on this trend is getting rid of the bathroom altogether in favor of a wetroom.

While a traditional bathroom has a built-in, enclosed shower cubicle, the wetroom essentially serves as the enclosure. These waterproof rooms feature a drain in the middle of the floor, which has a subtle gradient so the water doesn’t spill out. Typically made of ceramic tile, these open spaces have no walls, doors or shower curbs to get in the way.

The benefits of the wetroom are varied. Wetrooms can eliminate moisture damage and prolong the life of tile grout. They are compatible with underfloor heating systems and can be easier to clean. And they are better for those with restricted mobility since there’s no shower curb to step over. However, if you’re concerned about getting water everywhere, a glass panel can be installed to contain the shower area while still keeping the room transparent and open.

Due to its space-saving practicality, the wetroom has taken off in Europe and is increasing in popularity stateside. Because a wetroom is smaller than a bathroom, it can also make for a more affordable remodel – particularly for those who prefer showering to bathing. However, removing a bathtub from your bathroom can affect resale value, and bathroom furniture and placement must be considered so towels don’t get wet.

From a design perspective, the barrier-free nature of wetrooms allows for more creative freedom in color, layout and style. A variety of looks can be achieved, from cool and modern to warm and natural – whatever is desired.

Would you install a wetroom in your home? Let us know!

Steam Showers vs. Whirlpool Tubs

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

With home renovations on the rise, keeping up with the latest bathroom trends is more important than ever. Bathroom renovations have surged in popularity as homeowners have embraced the bathroom as a relaxation destination. Creating the ultimate home spa isn’t just great for calming your nerves — it can increase your home’s resale value as well. While whirlpool tubs were once must-have features in luxury bathrooms, homeowners are increasingly choosing steam showers to create the spa experience. Let’s take a look at these two installations and see how they match up.

Whirlpool tubs create relaxation by propelling warm water through jets to soothe tired muscles, while steam showers create a steamy, relaxing atmosphere to detoxify the body and alleviate stress. Both provide similar relaxation benefits, but steam showers take up significantly less space. Whirlpool bathtubs can occupy more than 5 to 6 feet, while a steam shower allows owners to create airier, more spacious bathrooms.

In addition, the headache of maintaining whirlpool tubs can far outweigh their relaxation benefits. Because water tends to sit in their internal network of pipes and jets, these tubs can be difficult to clean, which can result in algae growth. The steam shower company ThermaSol offers PowerFlush, a feature engineered to purge calcification build-up from the steam generator’s inner tank – making maintenance much easier.

Should mechanical problems occur, the maintenance costs that come with repairing the motors, pumps and other whirlpool tub parts can add up quickly. While whirlpool tubs usually offer limited warranties, ThermaSol offers lifetime warranties on select generators, meaning they will take care of any repairs should mechanical issues occur. This can be a huge relief and save a lot of stress in the long run.

Whirlpool tubs are often sought after for creating a calming or romantic atmosphere. However, their noisy pumps and motors don’t exactly create a quiet, meditative environment. ThermaSol’s Whisper Quiet technology prevents water hammer and noisy solenoid water valves from disturbing your steam session. With no distractions, you’re better able to relax and focus on increasing your overall well-being.

There’s also the environmental aspect. Whirlpool tubs require a lot of water, between 50 to 80 gallons worth to be exact. The amount of water needed to fill up the tub tends to drain traditional hot water tanks, which leads to higher energy costs. ThermaSol units typically use only one gallon of water to power a 20-minute steam shower session, quite a significant difference.

Because of these drawbacks, whirlpool tubs have declined in popularity and add little to a home’s resale value. Luxury bathrooms that offer increased sustainability, lower maintenance costs and technological advancements are now sought after by home buyers – making steam showers well-worth the investment.

The Importance of Investing In Your Bathroom

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

When it comes to making an investment in your home, installing a steam shower isn’t just good for your health—it can also increase your home’s value. According to the 2013 Houzz & Home survey, home renovations are on the rise. Next to kitchens, bathrooms are the second most popular room to remodel. As this surge in popularity continues, high end amenities for the bathroom are becoming an increasingly sought after request. For homeowners looking to sell, these aren’t just luxury items— they’re necessities for increasing your home’s value. Let’s take a look at some bathroom trends worth considering for your next remodel.

While once a primarily utilitarian space, bathrooms have gained status as “home spas”— bigger, more open spaces meant for private relaxation. Because space is more valuable, homeowners are replacing their bathtubs with more luxurious spa-style showers. As showers become more upscale and streamlined, it only makes sense to add extra features to help set them over the edge.

While a steam shower is one great way to set your shower apart, don’t overlook the technological features as well. As our lives become more intertwined with technology, homeowners are seeking out more futuristic advancements— Yes, even for the bathroom. Bathrooms that offer touch-free fixtures and the ability to connect to personal devices are increasingly in demand. ThermaSol’s Serenity and Light system allows homeowners to bring their iPhone or iPad in the shower with them to control its features.

Not ready to make a big change? According to Consumer Reports, five simple items can help make a big difference when it comes to bathroom remodeling: heated flooring, stain-resistant grout, skylights, framed mirrors and heated shower mirrors. The smaller amenities are just as important as the larger ones, which further help set your bathroom apart.

Remodels are necessary to keep up to date and offer amenities that no one else has. As the upswing in home renovations continues, the need for homeowners to stand out in the market is more important than ever. So when it comes time for your next bathroom remodel, know the investment is well-worth the effort.

Steam of the Century: The Tradition of the Russian Banya

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

While steam showers seem like relatively modern advancements, they have a rich history with deep cultural roots. Many qualities of today’s steam showers can be found in the Eastern European tradition of the banya, or Russian steam bath. Dating back to medieval times, the banya is a cultural staple and one of Russia’s oldest traditions. Each village contained a banya as a place for cleanliness and bathing and was overseen by a guardian spirit named “Bannik.”

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Aromatherapy for the Mind and Body: Part 2

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Now that you’ve unlocked the healing benefits of aromatherapy and steam, it’s time for an indulgent upgrade. While Thermasol’s Essential Oils offer a wide range of therapeutic and aromatic benefits, their line of Precious Reserve Oils take aromatherapy to the next level. Like fine wines, these high grade oils are distilled in small batches and sold in very small amounts, making them more expensive to produce but more potent and concentrated. Sourced directly from rural distilleries worldwide, these reserve oils are organically certified and free of pesticides and other contaminants.

To get the rejuvenating effects of Precious Reserve Oils, you only need to add 2 to 4 drops to the steamhead reservoir before your steam session. Or you can add them directly to your bathwater for soothing and sensuous aromas.

Which oil is right for you? Check out the list below for the different properties they offer.

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Aromatherapy for the Mind and Body

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Take a deep breath. Now say “Ahh….” When stress takes a toll, it’s important to stop and smell the roses. But when it comes to aromatherapy fragrances, why stop at roses?

Aromatherapy offers a natural and therapeutic way toward self-healing through essential oils. While most commonly inhaled using diffusers, a refreshing new trend combines the oils with steam to promote even deeper relaxation. ThermaSol, a company best known for their home steam showers, takes this trend a step further by offering a line of certified organic Essential and Precious Reserve Oils. Just add two to four drops to the steamhead reservoir during a steam session and breathe easy. The steambath increases circulation and brings toxins to the surface, cleaning the pores with perspiration and the aromatherapy-infused steam. Together this combination hydrates dull skin and refreshes the body and mind.

From relaxing to energizing, ThermaSol offers a variety of Essential Oils, but which scent is right for you? Here’s a full list and the different properties they offer.

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ThermaSol® Debuts First Mobile App for Steam Shower Systems

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

ThermaSol®, which has been on the cutting-edge of steam shower technology innovation for more than 50 years, has announced the debut of the Solitude Mobile Application – the world’s first mobile app for their steam shower systems. When synched with an easily installed module that turns ThermaSol ProSeries and AF Series generators into a network peripheral, the app allows users to control all functions of their ThermaSol systems, including the generator maintenance, via handheld wireless devices.

The launch of this amazing app will be added to a long list of ThermaSol’s pioneering innovations: the development of FastStart™ technology, which provides steam in seconds not minutes; development of SmartSteam™, a patented innovation that learns your ideal steam room temperature and maintains it throughout the entire steam bathing experience; offering 100% digital, fully networked steam systems; and being the first steam shower manufacturer to include Bluetooth® technology in its packages.

“Our steam shower systems are designed for people to create a highly personalized spa experience at home,” said Mitch Altman, CEO of ThermaSol. “The Solitude Mobile Application takes our systems to the next level by allowing users to control every facet of their steam shower (temperature, light, music, maintenance and more) via mobile phone or tablet device from anywhere within their home’s WiFi range. This is a first for not only the steam shower industry but the residential plumbing industry as a whole.”

The Solitude Mobile Application is available for download through the iTunes® Store and Google Play™, and it’s compatible with iOS 4.3 and up and Android 2.2 and up. The app with the add-on module can communicate with ThermaSol ProSeries and AF Series steam shower systems developed from 2007 forward, true to “plug and play” technology.

The Solitude Mobile Application has a lot going for it:

  • it’s compatible with a variety of mobile phones and tablet devices,
  •  it’s easy to install
  • you have the option of setting and controlling steam shower preferences for multiple users
  • you can remotely activate your steam session from anywhere within range of your WiFi
  • you’re able to control light and music settings and access streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify
  • you can watch YouTube videos and check your e-mail during your steam with the use of a water-proof case
  •  you can select music from personal playlists or from input channels wirelessly connected to any of your home entertainment systems
  • you have access to all available diagnostic and maintenance features of ThermaSol products

Download the app and let the party commence!

Skin & Steam

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Seeking comfort and an array of medical benefits, people have been drawn to steam since the sprawling bath complexes of the ancient Roman and Greek empires were built upon natural hot springs. While many of us use a steam shower or steam room simply to unwind, evidence suggests that our skin stands to gain much from regular exposure to steam.


Author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil explains that the heat of steam activates sweat glands and our pores open to release the resulting perspiration. As sweat rises through our pores, it has the effect of flushing out toxins that have built up in the skin, an excellent treatment to combat acne. Weil calls sweating “one of our most important mechanisms of natural healing, since it allows the body to rid itself of unwanted materials.”

TLC
 reports that a common treatment for mild acne and blemishes is to expose the skin to steam by draping a towel over your head and leaning over boiling water. As pores open, accumulated dirt and oil is released and whatever you want to put on your face is able to penetrate deeper, making it an effective part of a facial regimen. In hopes of improving their complexion, many sweat-seekers visit dry saunas which heat up air, rather than water. Due to the lack of humidity, saunas typically must be much warmer, at 160-200 degrees, than steam rooms and showers at 110-120 degrees, which can irritate nasal passages. As such, saunas are not ideal for those who suffer from allergy, sinus, or other respiratory problems. Conversely, the condensed moisture of steam works to relieve these ailments. Steam causes us to sweat sooner and at a much lower temperature due to the high humidity. Daily Glow notes that “just as steam does wonders for cleaning surfaces in your home, the steam can help dislodge built-up dirt and grime in your pores, allowing you to simply rinse them away.”

People have been known to venture to the extremes in a vanity-powered search for clear skin, from Cleopatra’s olive oil facials to modern laser treatment. Through this evolution, the skin benefits of steam have remained consistent and accessible. Investing in a steam shower or time at the spa is certain to remain an increasingly popular choice for people, even if alternative and increasingly technological advances are made to do the same thing as simple water vapor.

 

Product Watch: ThermaSol Residential Steam Shower System

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Residential steam showers are the essential home upgrade, and bring new meaning to the term “a day at the spa.” Therefore, ThermaSol has developed a line of steam shower products sure to help people create the ultimate home spa/relaxation experience.

2012 Controls

Thermasol 2012 Steam Controls

Controls are “the brains” of home steam shower systems. ThermaSol® introduced three new styles of controls and steamheads in 2012 – Regency, Deco and Icon. Regency takes cues from neo-classical style, with its beveled edges that add elegance and lightness of touch to the bath. Deco echoes the linear symmetry of early twentieth century style. And Icon is inspired my tech legends of our time, featuring rounded corners and a minimal design that pushes the aesthetic edge for steam showers.

Bluetooth® enabled Serenity Light & Music System

Bluetooth steam shower system

ThermaSol’s Serenity Light & Music Systems are self-contained, shower proof, 10-inch modules that produce high intensity full spectrum light and sound. All of the systems are now Bluetooth®-enabled, which makes it easier to create a personalized light, music and steam experience. The technology allows users to wirelessly control audio selections in their steam shower from anywhere in the bathroom. With use of a waterproof case, mobile devices can also be brought directly into the steam shower. (more…)

ThermaSol Debuts Three New Styles of Steam Shower Controls and Steam Heads for 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012
ThermaSol Regency Controls

ThermaSol Regency Series - New for 2012

ThermaSol®, the industry leader in steam bath products, is proud to announce the introduction of three new styles of steam shower controls and steam heads for 2012. The new Regency, Deco and Icon series are designed with the highest level of quality and functionality in mind, and complement existing trim and fixture designs offered by most bath manufacturers.

“ThermaSol is known for offering the most advanced, and stylish, steam shower systems in the industry,” said ThermaSol CEO Mitch Altman. “The Regency, Deco and Icon series are no exception. They look great, perform great and add to ThermaSol’s robust selection of controls and steam heads. Our goal is to help people bring an ever increasing level of personalization to the home spa experience. ”

ThermaSol Deco Series - New for 2012

ThermaSol Deco Series - New for 2012

The Regency Series takes cues from neo-classical style with beautifully beveled edges that add elegance and lightness of touch to the bath. The Deco Series echoes linear symmetry of early twentieth century style. And Icon, inspired by tech legends of our time, features rounded corners and minimal design for a look that re-defines style in the steam shower space. New designs are available for ThermaSol’s Signature Series Kit, Temp-Touch Plus Kit, Easy Start Control, Serenity Light & Music System and hand-held remote control.

ThermaSol Icon Series - New for 2012

ThermaSol Icon Series - New for 2012

Signature Series and Temp-Touch Plus controls serve as mini command centers inside steam showers, enabling users to perform time/temperature maintenance, operate the Auto PowerFlush and operate the Serenity Light & Music System. Signature Series controls also include two preset memories and day clock. All of ThermaSol’s retractable NoTouch steam heads come with whisper-quiet functionality and integral well for aromatherapy oils.


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