Steam Generator

Steam generators are becoming increasingly popular in homes of people who can afford steam baths. These generators can produce steam from hot as well as cold water, though they can produce steam from hot water more quickly than from cold water. Steam generators can be remotely installed from the steam room itself, because by means of ducts, they can pass on their steam to a distance of 30-50 feet. However, it consumes more energy to locate a steam generator too far from the steam or sauna room.

The mechanism of the steam generator is deceptively simple. Basically, it consists of only three parts – an inlet to bring in the water, a boiler where the steam is produced and an outlet that has a direct connection to the steam room. The inlet can be directly connected to the main plumbing line of the house so that the water supply can be continuous. The boiler is a large vessel (the larger it is, the more steam it can produce) with a heater element. The heater element can go to very high temperatures, beyond the boiling point of water. The steam that is produced is contained within a compartment inside the boiler until it needs to be released. When the steam room is to be used, the user will open a valve or turn on a mechanism that will open the outlet. This will bring the steam into the room.

It does take steam generators some time to produce steam because the heater has to come to a particular temperature before the water can be converted into steam. Once the steam is built up, it exerts a tremendous pressure inside the boiler. That is the reason boilers are made of exceptionally strong materials such as welded steel. The release of the steam brings it down suddenly from a high pressure to a low pressure and its temperature instantly cools down significantly. Once the steam is moved into the steam room, it will almost immediately condense into water, therefore necessitating a drain inside the room.

Steam generators have several features that make them safe to use. The first is a thermostat that can keep the steam at an optimum temperature. This thermostat will sense the temperature inside the boiler and if it crosses a safe limit, it will shut down the heating element and no further steam will be produced. Users can set the temperature they want by using controls that are normally present outside the sauna rooms for safety reasons.

Another safety feature is a solenoid that can detect the water level inside the boiler. If the water level increases, it will reduce the space for the steam to expand. This will put more pressure inside the boiler which can cause an explosion. Hence, this water probe is very important. It keeps the water level at a safe maximum.

The steam generators that are used today are greatly advanced in technology and are much safer than what were used earlier. Also, these generators are now more customizable with options than they were in earlier times.

Installing steam generators is always done by professionals because there are various things that can go wrong and various things that need special attention. Since steam can exert immense pressure, the size of the steam room is also important. The capacity of the steam generator is decided upon the size of the steam room. The bigger the steam room is, the bigger will be the steam generator required.

Steam generators have a popular place in gyms and fitness centers, in saunas and even in most homes today. As more and more people are buying them, their prices are effectively decreasing too.

This Steam Generator Review is Written/Updated on Jul 26th, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Steam Generator”

  1. Stacy says:

    The size of the steam generator is not dictated only by the size of the enclosure. You also must take into account the material the enclosure is made out of (tile, plastic, marble, etc), as well as the substructure and the insulation (or lack of) between the substructure and the steam room itself.

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