If you’ve been installing radiant heated driveways, roofs and gutter melting solutions for any length of time, you’ve most likely had to seek out ground fault equipment protectors (GFEP units) with breakers to properly install these systems. Traditionally many companies sell complete heated driveway systems to qualified, licensed electricians and installers; however, these customers are still instructed that they must find GFEP units with breakers to properly install their system. Warmzone has always emphasized this need, but now, things are changing.
In keeping with its commitment to provide professional builders with the best products, service and convenience, Warmzone radiant heated driveway systems now include GFEP (ground fault equipment protection) breakers with its panels, saving you time and money. If you’re an electrician or an installer, shopping Warmzone means you don’t have to scramble to track down these breakers for an installation. You’ll get just the right GFEP and breaker for the job.
What is a ground fault protector, and why is it so important to a heated snow melting system? Basically, a ground fault is an electrical event caused by an insulation loss between a live conductor and an exposed conductive part that causes flow of current to the ground. (In the case of a heated driveway, the conductive part of a heated driveway is the heat cable.) This electrical event may cause serious problems to radiant heated driveway electrical systems and equipment, as most short circuits can start as undetected ground faults.
A ground fault equipment detector or GFEP is a device that is intended to protect heated driveway equipment against damaging line-to-ground currents, as are those emitted by electric radiant heat cable, by disconnecting all un-grounded conductors of the faulted circuit. By adding a ground fault equipment protector (GFEP) to a snow melting system, you can detect ground faults immediately, preventing serious damage to heated driveway system components.
The NEMA 4 wall-mounted control panels are rated for outdoor usage and the controller has proven itself as a trusted industry leader. The UL and CUL listed control unit automatically controls gutter and downspout snow and ice melting heaters, and includes the GFEP (ground fault equipment protection) required by the NEC. The unit can also be controlled from an external signal (day/week timer, GSM-module or other signal source). The state-of-the-art components result in providing the best possible performance for heated driveways, roof deicing, and gutter and downspout heating.
Contractors are hailing this advance offered by Warmzone. Ground fault equipment protection included in the Warmzone panels ensures cost savings, convenience, and increased reliability and safety in all your heated driveway installations. To find out more about purchasing a Warmzone snow melting system features a GFEP, call 888.488.9276.
Protect Your Roof and Home
Are you taking care of those who take care of you? Rather, are you taking care of your roof? While it’s natural to not give your roof or gutters a second thought, be sure to take whatever steps you can to protect your roof and enhance its lifespan. One way to do this is by installing an electric roof deicing system.
Roofs and gutters in cold weather climates can suffer damage from heavy snow and ice. Ice dams are the most common problem responsible for expensive roof and water damage. Heat rises from the house and attic, warming the roof and melting snow, which then trickles down towards the roof’s edge. But when the runoff reaches the cold eaves, it refreezes and forms the beginnings of an ice dam. This process repeats and as more snow melts it begins to pool behind the band of ice that has formed on the eaves. Water from this pool can seep into cracks and enlarge them as it refreezes to eventually form a path down into your home. Shingles can even come loose due to the contractions and expansion from the change in temperature.
This constant barrage on your roof can lead to water damage and cause mold and mildew growth. The water is often undiscovered until significant damage has occurred, and repairs can be very costly.
Warmzone radiant roof heating systems quickly melt heavy ice and snow from gutters and trouble spots on your roof. They can be easily installed in existing roofs to prevent icicles, ice buildup and ice dams from occurring. Moisture buildup from ice dams can seep up under shingles and into the roof decking before making its way into your home and causing significant water damage.
A roof and gutter in need of a roof heating system.A variety of roof heating solutions are available, as well as roof gutter melt systems. Warmzone’s durable RoofHeat self-regulating heat cable is extremely effective and energy efficient. Noted for its versatile characteristics, RoofHeat radiant self-regulating gutter heating cable is one of the most recommended roof heating solutions available. The systems are easy to install and easy to customize. And these roof heating systems are fully automated, so snow removal is extremely convenient. Simply install it and know that your roof is protected.
For more information on radiant roof heating or snow melting systems for your home, call 888.488.9276.