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A steam room is an enclosed space with large amounts of high-temperature steam, creating a high-humidity environment. People sit in this room in a similar way to a sauna (conversely a hot, but dry atmosphere), for relaxation and purported benefits to health and well-being. They can be commonly found in gyms, sanitariums and health resorts. Smaller, standalone steamroom enclosures can also be found in residential buildings.
Steam rooms are commonly maintained at a temperature of 41 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit) or above, with a high humidity of around 100% adding to the sensation. In comparison, saunas are maintained at a much higher temperature due to the lack of humidity in the air (often 70-90 degrees Celsius, 158-194 Fahrenheit).
The amount of power required for steam generation varies depending on construction style.
- Wray, Maricela. "STEAM ROOMS TEMPERATURE GUIDELINES". Smart Price Warehouse. Maricela Wray.
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