Ariel steam showers come in a Platinum Series F8 and F3. This refers to the steam generator. They are the only fully self contained free standing units in North America with a 6 thousand kilowatt steam generator. This produces high temperature steam at a faster rate than the 3 thousand kilowatt steam generator. The 3k steam units are the normal output for a fully contained free standing unit. To assist our customers with foreknowledge of this product so that they can make a wiser decision regarding purchase, we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked ‘features’ questions. We’ll use the Model’s DZ972F8 and DA324HF3 for reference…
Do I need a licensed contractor to do the installation? Yes, you will need a licensed plumber and electrician.
What is Chroma-therapy lighting? It is the use of color lighting to heal the body, mind, and spirit. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
What is the material of the metal trim? Aluminum.
Where is the steam generator located? It is behind the unit towards the bottom and is built into the unit.
Where is the FM Radio on the unit and how does it work? It is controlled and located on the control panel.
Where is the speaker located? It is on the ceiling.
Does the shower have Bluetooth capability? No, but you can use Bluetooth by using an Ipod Transmitter or MP3 player.
What is the difference of whirlpool jets and air jets? Whirlpool jets shoot water and air jets use only air. Whirlpool jets offer a high pressure, deeper massage, while the air jets offer a gentler sensation.
Can I use the rainfall shower head, handheld shower, and body jets at the same time? Due to different cities and states with water flow restrictions, the unit can only have one option running at one time.
Can I use the shower and steam at the same time? Yes.
Do I need to fill the tub up so the whirlpool jets work? Yes.
How does the whirlpool tub fill up? It fills up through its jets.
What is the material of the tub? It is acrylic with reinforced fiberglass.
What are the panels made of? The unit is glass all the way around. The unit uses glass panels, (8mm for up front and 5mm for the back panels).
Does the whirlpool come with a heater and is there an option for one? The unit does not come with a heater nor is there a option for one.
How much PSI does my house need to run the steam shower? An average household PSI of 45 is fine.
Where does the ventilation fan take the steam into? The ventilation fan is built on top of the unit and it takes the steam out of the unit and into the room.
Do I need to connect ducting from the unit directly into the ceiling? No you do not. The steam venting out through the ventilation fan leaves very little steam left when it goes through the fan.
What does the overheat protection do? The steam generator has a heating element and it boils the water. It operates at a certain temperature. If that temperature were to get to hot, there is a little breaker inside that will pop, cutting off the power to that heating element.
What is the material of the handheld shower? It is made of metal.
What is the material of the rainfall shower head? Chrome Plated over plastic.
What is the material of the body and whirlpool jets? Chrome Plated.
What material is the floor and ceiling? Teak wood (For models that apply).
Are the teak wood floors removable? Yes the shower pan and drain is underneath there. The teak wood floor can be removed for drain cleaning.
Is the teak wood flooring treated? Yes it has been treated.
What does the L or R stand for in regards to the unit? The LEFT or RIGHT stands for drain location and also what side you want your plumbing fixtures on. (See pictures for reference).
Do the units come in any other color then what’s listed or is there any customization that can be done? No they do not and no customization can be done. The units will come in either black or white.
Do the walls need to be finished before installing the unit? Yes they do.
If something goes wrong with the unit, how do I access the back? You will need to create an access panel to get to the back. The panel should be 5 ½ feet tall and 2 ft wide. If you are unable to create an access panel, then you will have to slide the unit out. ONLY in the Model DZ972F8 – you do not need a access panel. This model you can remove the screws and take the back panel out to service it.
Does the floor have to be tiled or finished before installing the unit? Yes.
What size drain does the unit come with? 1 inch and half (1.5”).
How long is the drain assembly that comes with the unit? 2 feet long.
What type of drain comes with the unit? A Flex hose drain assembly.
How long does it take to install the unit? It depends from contractor to contractor. Anywhere from 3-6 hours from what the manufacturer has been told from past customers.
Can we switch out the drain for a different one? Yes you can install another drain.
Can we use a water softener with the unit? Yes you can. It will not affect the unit.
What is the average power consumption for the steam showers? For the steam showers that end in a F8 (they use a 6,000 watt steam generator) = 6 kw per hour. F3 series = 3 kw per hour. ( Kilowatt)
THE STEAM GENERATOR
What is the difference between a 6k (kilowatt) and a 3k (kilowatt) steam generator? The 6k steam generator will produce high temperature steam at a faster rate than the 3k steam generator.
How high does the temperature reach up to? 50° Celsius ( 122° Fahrenheit).
How does the steam unit’s temperature read? Celsius.
How long does the 3k steam generator take to fill up the room? Around 4 minutes.
How long does the 6k steam generator take to fill up the room? Around 1-2 minutes.
It has long been known that steam helps to relax the body, allowing it to get rid of metabolic waste and helping to improve circulation. An investment in a steam shower can be a great way to offset daily stress and provide health benefits over the long term. For additional questions, spec sheets are available and EliteFixtures customer service reps are always on hand to assist!