You could always sit in there with your laundry ?!
Try it and see if you like it - ( without the laundry !) I find them too choking / air heavy - am always worried I'll faint in there - so I only use the one at the gym when there are other people around ! Eucalyptus infusions in a steam room can help clear your nose ?!
Just to be clear, bluestocking - the new house is not a castle on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, just a house.
It does get quite "air heavy" in there, this is how I worked out it wasn't just a shower, and my toddler was looking a bit wan. I was steaming away this morning, neither liking it nor disliking it, and I just wondered what people liked about it or felt it did for them.
I have a sauna in my house. A little bit different but I guess the idea is to sit there and relax. No phones, books or any distractions. There aren't many opportunities to just properly relax in our house. And there are supposed to be health benefits but I don't know what they are for a steam room.
I can see that Tyranasaurus, but do you think people would really install one for this reason?! I suppose the answer is that it was installed by someone who really enjoys steaming and not for any particular benefit.
I used to love good steam at my gym after a work out. And they are great if you have a cough or blocked nose (although perhaps not for those you are sharing the steam with if in a public one!). Pop a hair mask on and steam away!