Condensation and Sound in the Zen Float Tent

my zen float tent insulated to reduce condensation and noise

The Zen Float Tent is really amazing.  You can float at home for an affordable price.  But, it is tent so consider where you place the tent to ensure a great float.  Simple steps can reduce noise and condensation.

Condensation

I noticed a lot of condensation when I first started floating in my tent.  I would have several drops of water hit me during my float.  This is in large part due to the location of my tent, in the basement where the average temperature is 60 degrees.  It would only make sense that the warm moist air in the tent would condense. I didn’t want to relocate my tent and I don’t have a separate heating zone for the basement.

I went to the hardware store and got a few rolls of Reflectix BP24025 24-Inch by 25-Feet Bubble Pack Insulation. and created a shell for the tent.  I was careful to ensure there is still ample air flow to the vents.  This really reduced the condensation.  And, I imaged it reduces the heating costs.

Now, I shake the sides of the tent before a float, to remove any drops of liquid.  Rarely, do I have a drop hit me during a float.  Ideally, the tent should be located in a room that is 70 degrees or warmer.  If you can’t do that I think insulating works very well.

Sound Proofing

The tent is not sound proof.  I tried to locate it in the quietest part of my house.  The basement works pretty well, I can still hear when a freezer kicks on or the boiler starts to cycle.

I considered building a sound proof room, and still might at some point.  The easiest remedy I found is a
SoundBot® SB517 Extreme Bluetooth Wireless Speaker.  I tried to put the speaker in the tent with me, but it has a flashing light and I image the Epsom salt could be hard on it.  I now place it on the tent, roughly over where my head will be opposite the door.  Then I use the Bluetooth function and play the track Brown Noise For Sleep.  I find this track perfect.  It is over one hour long, so I don’t notice any looping.  Plus,  I compare the noise to a waterfall and it blocks out the mechanical noises from my house.

I have four children, so I still try to float early in the morning or late at night when they are sleeping.  The brown noise does not cover loud footsteps and thumps.

Ear plugs help reduce noise too.  I really like Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs.  They can be used several times and not only reduce sounds but keep the Epsom salt solution out of my ears.  You should be able to find them at a Drug Store, they are really inexpensive

Overall, I love my tent.  I could see Zen offering a insulated tent at some point.  The thicker tent could reduce noise and heat loss.  For now the foil bubble wrap seems to work great for me.

 

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