Hi all - I'm new here. Great group, lots of good advice.
I'm in the process of redoing a bathroom and decided that I'd like to add a
steam bath to the shower area. While I know I can purchase a steam unit and
will have the appropriate wiring and piping done by the pros, I've got a
question regarding the venting of the space when it's being used as a shower
and not a steam bath. My family is concerned that we'll be building a
shower area and closing it off with a glass door. Their concern is that
when they shower, the space will not vent any of the steam genrated from
just the shower. (In order for a steam bath to be effective, the space must
be sealed.) So, what type of venting for the shower would aleviate their
concerns? Would a ceiling fan do the trick, even if it's an entirely closed
space?? Or do I need to add vents at the top fo the door to allow regular
steam to escape?
I've been pondering the same question.
I was thinking of putting a standard vent fan just outside the shower/steam
door and venting after I am done by leaving the door ajar. If you left the
steam in the sealed room, it should not do any damage if it were constructed
well but the slower drying time of the space might promote mold/mildew
necessitating more cleaning. All of the diagrams and examples I have looked
at do not have any venting directly inside the room but I don't see any
reason you cannot.
There is no difference between steam made by the shower and the generator.
One dealer recommended that I have a 1-3" space above the door anyway. In
his opinion, it made the space more comfortable (breathable) and allows for
the passive venting your family wants.
Interestred to see other replies.
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