The Versatility of Radiant Heat

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Heatizon Tuff Cable installed in greehouse planter beds.
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Heatizon’s products utilize electric radiant heat to provide effective deicing, snow melting, and floor or space warming. Every now and again, we get a more “unique” request. Take a look at some of these less traditional projects and get an idea of just how versatile electric radiant heat can be.

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Getting The Most From Your Heatizon System

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Snow Melting System on StairsWinter has arrived in force across North America, although those people utilizing radiant heat may not have noticed yet. We want you to get the most out of your radiant heating system, and have compiled some reminders below.

Floor Warming
There are generally two methods for ensuring enjoyment of your heated floors. If the heated area is used throughout the day, keeping the floor at a consistent temperature ensures that it will always be warm and ready to enjoy.

If you have radiant floor heat in rooms that are used primarily at specific times, we recommend using a programmable thermostat to heat the floors prior to use. Ensure the thermostat is programmed and the heat tested before the cold hits to ensure warm floors.

Snow Melting and Roof Deicing
For outdoor radiant heat systems, operation varies greatly depending on your activation device. In all cases, we recommend checking the system in the late summer or early fall to verify everything is functioning properly before the snow and ice arrive.

Many systems utilize an automated sensor to efficiently melt snow as it falls. These systems require little human interaction to run effectively, however certain sensor models can be adjusted for sensitivity. This adjustment can help you optimize your system for your climate to keep things melting smoothly. Some sensors also have an adjustable “overrun” which allows you to set the amount of time the sensor continues running after the storm. This can be helpful in allowing melted snow to run off the surface so it doesn’t freeze and form ice.

For snow melting systems using manual switches and timers, it is critical to activate the system before a storm. Radiant heat works much more effectively when it stays ahead of the falling snow. Allowing snow to accumulate will slow down melting and use more energy.

Retiring Baby Boomers Driving Interest in Snow Melting Systems

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Automated Snow Sensor

An Automated Snow Sensor can activate a snow melting system.

The population of the United States is aging. The number of individuals over 65 is on the rise, and as baby boomers begin to retire, these numbers are expected to increase dramatically. It is estimated that by 2030, this age group will make up 20% of the population.

 

Snow melting systems, such as heated driveways, sidewalks, and stairs, have risen in popularity in recent years. Contributing to this is a growing population of older individuals looking for greater convenience and reduced snow and ice related hazards.

 

As culture and healthcare evolves and retirees live independently for longer, automating snow removal can reduce the risk of slip and fall injuries. With modern technology, electric radiant heat can be activated automatically to remove snow and ice. With activation options ranging from timer switches and thermostats, to automated temperature and moisture sensors, there is a solution for any situation.

 

While it is easy to see the applications this may have at home, snow melting is also very useful for businesses and organizations seeking to protect their clientele and avoid costly lawsuits. Slip and fall injuries cost businesses millions each year. This risk can be reduced with a snow melting system.

Heatizon offers multiple snow melting solutions based around our Hott-Wire and Tuff Cable products. Capable of installation in new and existing surfaces, our electric snow melting systems provide peace of mind to anyone ready to retire the snow shovel.