Thermasol was the creator of the first steam shower unit for the home. This was back in 1958 and today, they offer the only 100% digital, fully networked steam systems in the world. They are also one of the only steam shower manufacturers to include Bluetooth® technology in their steam shower packages and offer a mobile application for controlling everything from temperature to light and music via wireless telephones and tablet devices.
We had the opportunity to connect with Martin Siwy, Thermasol’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing and do a little Q&A.
The steam generator has evolved over the last 10 years, is it a more accepted part of a bathroom redesign?
In October 2007, ThermaSol was the first manufacturer in the category to incorporate a 100% digitally networked system. We chose the CAN-bus protocol which is used in automotive applications, aerospace, industrial automation, advanced medical equipment, and much more. Today, we are still the only steam manufacture to invest in the upgraded digital network while others continue to use analog systems. The undeniable advantage of our system… it’s designed and engineered in-house for plug and play connectivity; simple with unparalleled safety and efficiency.
There are many factors making steam showers more and more popular. All the manufacturers have realized that aesthetics are extremely important to keep with evolving trends. Competition has everyone reaching higher thus benefiting the consumer. Steam manufacturers are promoting the category by providing continuing education along with field training. This awareness of steam has improved product awareness and customer understanding. Restrictive codes like CALGreen are also fueling growth, showrooms are looking for alternatives to improve the spa experience since limitations are being placed on water usage, number of shower heads, etc.
Are they more energy efficient and how?
We patented and introduced SmartSteam™ in 2007 on the Pro Series generators; saves energy and makes the steam room more enjoyable with no annoying temperature fluctuations.
Think of SmartSteam™ as a cruise control for steam. Instead of the unit working at 100% of its kW, then turning off when the temperature is reached, then turning back on when the temperature falls by a degree, the ThermaSol’s PRO Series generators modulate the amount of power to maintain the precise temperature setting. SmartSteam™ is patented, and only available from ThermaSol.
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How difficult is it to install a steam generator?
The installation process is very simple. Key elements are: 1) use water & vapor proof materials, 2) create a seating area with a flip seat or bench, 3) have an exhaust fan outside the steam shower, 4) place the control close to the seating area, 5) install the steam head away from the seating area, and 6) include a transom glass window to allow airflow when the shower is not in use.
Here’s a scoop… we haven’t announced our new online ThermaSol Solution Center but it’s coming soon… it assists the installer/homeowner with step-by-step instructions on how to create the ultimate steam shower experience. Our tutorials will be available 24/7, they’ll help troubleshoot an issue or simply show you how to use or program your system.
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What is ‘Simple Sizing’?
This is an immense ThermaSol advantage. All other manufactures require the client to know what building materials will be used within the steam shower and some require even more: how many external walls, how many glass panels, is there a window or skylight, etc. These questions cannot be answered in the early planning stage. In order to pre-sell the idea, and to put steam on the budget at the initial stages of the project and make it easy for the salesperson, ThermaSol came up with Simple Sizing. All you need to know is the Length x Width x Height of the shower = cubic footage. That’s all you need.
What sets ThermaSol apart from its competitors?
The quick answer is everything. Reviewing the Timeline (http://www.thermasol.com/about/timeline) in our brochure you can clearly see that ThermaSol’s innovation and advancement has and continues to lead the steam category. The competition is constantly trying to imitate our features and options. There are a number of things that set us apart from our competitors: SmartSteam™, Simple Sizing, PowerFlush, CAN-bus communication network, Infrared Temperature Sensing (ITS), Lifetime Warranty on Parts and Labor, and a Zero Tolerance Internet Policy.
Proudly manufactured in the USA with patented leading edge technologies, a Zero Tolerance Internet Policy – there isn’t another manufacture in the industry that can say this.
What is the health values of a steam shower system?
Steam showers provide the most health benefits of any appliance installed in your home. Steam rejuvenates and leaves skin with a healthy glow, cleanses the skin, opens pores to expel toxins, lubricates and hydrates dry skin. It’s also known to relieve stress, encourage relaxation, promote deep and restful sleep. If you are physically active it soothes muscles after exercise, removes lactic acid from overworked muscles, increases blood circulation, and boosts metabolism. Steam opens nasal passages, soothes the throat and assists the respiratory system. Your steam unit does all that, and more!
How has steam generation evolved into the digital age?
The generators are becoming “smarter” as we’re keeping up with today’s quickly changing technologies. In 2011, we introduced Bluetooth connectivity so users can stream their music to their steam shower. In 2012, we introduced the Solitude WiFi Module which allows the Solitude Mobile App to operate the entire system, available from the Google Store and iTunes.
What are some of the innovation that ThermaSol has rolled out in the last few years?
Mentioned above. On September 9th, we introduced the most advanced steam controller yet. The MicroTouch Capacitive Touch Technology (CTT) used on mobile devices, the in-shower MicroTouch control allows you to easily control: power on/off, temperature, PowerFlush system, or recall your previous steam setting. NEW Infrared Sensing Technology* reads temperature more accurately and much faster than standard contact temperature sensors. MicroTouch was designed with a low profile, crisp and clear screen display, and a high-end visual appeal. It is offered in five styles in 14 finishes to match nearly any faucet or plumbing fixture on the market today.
What are some other products that ThermaSol is bringing to the bath & plumbing industry?
We have several new and industry leading items on our plate. I can’t say too much yet; however, you will see a new steam shower control that no one has ever attempted before. We’ll be bringing more options, and the latest technologies with more ways to relax. I hope that helps, I’m biting my tongue because I’m super excited on what we are going to launch soon. Stay tuned!