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ClearZone Snow Melting Systems

Snow melting systems may not be the first thing on your mind when the weather is beautiful and warm, but spring is a great time to install a snow melting system. There are a lot of options when it comes to snow melting systems, but Warmzone’s ClearZone Snow melting system is one of the best options available on the market today. When you work with Warmzone, choosing and installing an efficient and reliable snow melting system for your home or business is always easy and stress free.

The ClearZone snow melting system is a fully automated system that consists of three main components: the heating cable, an activation device (snow sensor), and a contactor panel. When the temperature hits the set point and precipitation is detected, the sensor signals the contactor panel, and power is sent to the embedded heat cable. These components work together to ensure each snow melting system operates only when needed, to quickly and efficiently melt snow and ice.

Heated pavers at outdoor mall.

The first component; heat cable, is possibly the most important. Warmzone’s ClearZone Snow Melting Cable is an industry leading cable that is trusted for residential and commercial radiant heat installations around the country. ClearZone cable is a high-quality single-point connection twin-conductor cable that is trusted by installers throughout the country. The twin conductor is housed in fluoropolymer insulation, a copper metal sheathing, and then a polyolefin outer casing, making it one of the most durable cables on the market. It can be used under almost any medium- from pavers to concrete, and even hot asphalt applications. The cable is rated at 120-600 volts, and has an output of 12 W /ft.  The cable is also CSA listed for the U.S. and Canada, and comes with a 10- year limited warranty.

ClearZone heating cable is also extremely versatile, available off spools, or pre-spaced in mats. ClearZone cable is the best choice for installations that need more installation flexibility, such as oddly shaped areas. It can be easily laid out in any custom shaped area. The cable is available in multiple lengths, and can be customized to meet the specifics of your project, making it easy to heat any area, no matter the shape or size.

ClearZone Radiant Snow melting mats come with heat cable pre-spaced for the demands of the application. These mats are rolled out for quick and easy installation. The mats are also rated at 120-600 V and feature an output of 37 W per foot squared and 50 W per square foot. These mats make installation for large snow melting applications quick and easy.

ClearZone heat cable is also extremely durable. Not only can it be put under pavers or concrete, but a specially designed version can withstand the high heat of a fresh asphalt pour. The external jacket is rated to withstand 460°F for up to 10 minutes. The asphalt is poured directly over the cable (or mats). Snow melting mats can be purchased in lengths of 11, 30, 51, 65, or 80 feet, making mats a great choice for almost any application. (Custom lengths can also be ordered.) ClearZone for asphalt is a good choice for new pours, but driveways or walkways can be retrofitted as well. Both ClearZone cable and mats provide a maintenance free, efficient, and safe way to keep walkways, driveways, parking areas, ramps, or loading docks safely free of snow and ice.

Deciding whether cable or mats are best for your project can be a difficult decision, but when you purchase top of the line products from Warmzone, you also receive industry leading customer service. At Warmzone, customer service begins with a professional designer to help you every step of the way: from picking out the appropriate products, to the layout of your system, to providing installation training and technical support as you begin your install. Warmzone has customer service professionals available to help you any time. These professionals can help you with all the services to help ensure a successful installation. Services include online instructional videos, free installation training, professional system design and personal installation support, Warmzone is with you every step of the way. Working with Warmzone means not only will you receive quality components, but also comprehensive high-quality customer service.

If you have questions about snow melting systems, call Warmzone today at 888-488-9276.

Luxury Home Heating Amenities

Spring is finally here, and that means spring cleaning, which is a great time for small in-home projects. There’s no better way to spruce up your home than adding some amenities to keep it warm and welcoming all year long, especially when the weather gets cool. At Warmzone, there are more radiant heat options than heated flooring, and they can be used to enhance your comfort in any area of your home. Warmzone offers useful state-of-the-art bathroom and kitchen amenities that make a spring update or DIY project. Warmzone’s amenities are not only simple to install but can add luxurious comfort to your home life.

One of Warmzone’s popular amenities, especially for kitchens, is the FeelsWarm® Stick-on countertop heaters. This discreet, elegant heating solution keeps any countertop area warm, comfortable and inviting. Warmzone’s FeelsWarm countertop heaters can be installed on kitchen islands, counters, vanities, overhangs, office desks, bars, or even office applications such as reception desks. The thin heating element (only .025-inch thick) sticks to the underside of the counter making install painless, and the perfect day project for any homeowner.

Heated countertop with curved overhang

Each system includes a thermal controller and low-voltage heating element. These heating mats operate with a passive warming system, which means once the heater is activated it slowly warms up the countertop. The heaters are designed to gradually warm the countertops about 20-25 degrees over a period of about 90 minutes. This slow warming process – and lack of temperature pulsing – is a safety feature that prevents shocking the stone.

The countertop heaters with FeelsWarm technology are also very efficient. The cost to operate a 4-square foot countertop heater continuously is about the same as using a 75-watt light bulb, keeping operating costs at a minimum – about 20-25 cents a day.

The heating mats are available in several standard sizes, but customers can also custom order a countertop heating system to fit their unique counters or island. No matter the size or shape of your countertop, these heating mats can be configured to fit angles, curves, or any shape you may need.  Warmzone FeelsWarm Technology is a great way to add safe, comfortable heat to any stone countertop surface.

If your bathroom could use a refresh, another great amenity offered by Warmzone are the Runtal towel warmers and bathroom radiators. These attractive units are energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing, adding luxury and convenience to the bathroom. There are multiple model types and sizes to ensure customers find the best match for their bathroom.

Bathroom radiator with towel warmer

These efficient towel warmers are also designed to provide warmth for bathrooms as well. These radiators are 120 volts, and come with a direct wire installation, or a plug-in version that has a unique five-setting digital control, including a timer for up to 3 hours. Not only do these radiators keep your bathroom and towels warm, but they also offer the benefit of keeping the area dry, reducing the risk of mold and mildew in bathrooms.

Another great option for bathrooms are Warmzone’s ClearMirror™ fog-free bathroom mirrors. These heated mirrors come with a low voltage transformer and a thin, low voltage pad that is mounted on the reverse side of the mirror. These panels slowly heat your mirror to prevent mist and fog from forming, so you can go through your morning routine hassle free. These mirrors also have the option of adding panels of built-in LED lights to add more light to your bathroom. Warmzone’s ClearMirrors are made in the USA, and are designed for installation in vanities, bathrooms and showers.

Fog-free shower mirror with LED lights

When it comes to shower installations, there are options available for any need. Warmzone’s Shower ClearMIrror is a beautiful, simple, practical fog free mirror that is perfect for facial grooming and shaving. This model mounts flush with the shower tile and comes in various sizes. The mirrors are typically wired directly to the bathroom light switch for convenient use. For an even more elegant touch, Warmzone also offers the ShowerLite ClearMIrror. In addition to the mist-free operation, these stunning mirrors include the added benefit of LED light panels built into the sides of the mirror that simulate natural daylight and are rated for 70,000 hours.

Warmzone’s Body ClearMirror or The Grand Body ClearMirror measures at 20×36, with a heated area of 16×30 inches, while the Grand Body ClearMirror is 5 feet tall and 2½ feet wide. Both mirrors include LED lighting and add a luxurious feel to any bathroom. All shower mirrors are mounted flush to the shower surface to ensure a professional look and feel. These mirrors can also be custom modified if homeowners have special requests.

If heating a vanity mirror is a better option, Warmzone also offers the Original ClearMIrror Vanity Mirror, ClearLite Vanity Mirror, or the Studio Series ClearMIrror. The original ClearMIrror is a 120-volt mirror with the defogger attached, and an excellent, affordable option for any homeowner. Warmzone’s ClearLIte Vanity Mirror is perfect for those looking for a more modern look and is installed in high-end hotels all over the world. This unit includes side or top mounted LED panels, and comes in a standard 24×36 size, or can be custom designed. Warmzone’s Studio Series ClearMirrors are a beautiful top-of-the-line option that includes full low-iron glass matting and a surface mounted 18”x 30 x ¼-inch beveled mirror. This mirror can be ordered in multiple colors, and each is custom made to specifications.

If you’re refreshing your home this spring, any of these great home amenities are a quick way to give your home comfortable, stylish warmth. If you have questions, or need help deciding which product is best for your home, call us today at 888-488-9276.

Heat Your Hardwood Floors

One of the best ways to spruce up your home is to upgrade old dated floors. Hardwood is a beautiful, classic choice that will stand the test of time and bring new life into your home. And while you’re upgrading the floors in your home, why not consider upgrading your heating system as well?

While you’re upgrading your home with beautiful new hardwood, how about upgrading your home with luxurious radiant heat as well? Radiant heat is an excellent investment that will keep your home warm for years to come. The systems can be installed to serve as your primary heating source or to complement your existing system by adding comfortable warmth to the most popular areas of your home.

Kids on a heated hardwood floor

Radiant heated floors have many benefits. Floor heating systems provide cleaner, more efficient warmth than forced air systems. Because no blower is required, radiant heat systems operate quietly and no dust or other allergens are circulated throughout the home. Radiant heat is commonly used alongside traditional heating systems to add warmth to specific areas, such as a kitchen, bathroom, or playroom. The systems are easy to customize, not only to heat specific areas, but to accommodate your budget as well. Radiant heat systems are available to any homeowner, whether they are building a new home, remodeling, or adding heat to their current flooring.

When working with Warmzone, there are also options suitable for heating existing floors, including RetroHeat and STEP FloorHeat. These efficient systems require access to the floor joists from below. RetroHeat, the most popular option, features near paper-thin heating elements that are stapled up between the joists, followed by Batt insulation being stapled up over the heating element to drive all the heat upward to warm the floor.

STEP FloorHeat is a low-voltage system that is installed similarly, but utilizes thin, flexible polymer heating panels. Installers can staple through the heating element, simplifying and speeding up the installation process.

Given Warmzone’s large selection of floor heating systems, customers can be assured of being matched with the ideal system for their specific needs. In addition to heating hardwood floors, radiant floor heating systems can be installed under virtually any other type of floor, including tile, marble, engineered wood, laminates, carpet, slate, and more.

Most radiant heat systems are compatible with hardwood flooring, but some types of wood flooring are better suited to radiant heat. These include solid wood floors made from woods such as cherry, walnut, or mesquite, engineered wood flooring, floating floors, or even laminated or engineered floors. When choosing a wood floor for radiant heat, strip flooring can be a better choice than plank, as smaller wood boards contract less.

Most radiant heat systems are compatible with wood flooring, but some types of wood flooring are better suited to radiant heat. These include solid wood floors made from woods such as cherry, walnut, or mesquite, engineered wood flooring, floating floors, or even laminated or engineered floors. When choosing a wood floor for radiant heat, strip flooring can be a better choice than plank, as smaller wood boards contract less.

When considering pairing radiant heat with your new wood flooring, one of Warmzone’s most popular systems is the industry leading ComfortTile. This is one of the most versatile systems, as it is suitable for all standard sub-flooring materials. ComfortTile Radiant heat cable is also safety approved for wet areas, making it a perfect choice to put under your new hardwood kitchen floor. ComfortTile is available in two formats: pre-spaced cable in mats or floor heating cable off the spool. ComfortTile heat cable is top of the line UL/CSA approved twin conducting cable with ground fault protection, and carries a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty. Cables are rated at 120 or 240 volts and have an 1/8- inch diameter. Cable comes on large spools, and is a great choice for custom projects, as any adjustments to spacing can be made during installation. After installation, cables are activated by a thermostat, allowing for quick (30-60 minutes) and efficient floor heating.

For larger areas and quicker installation, ComfortTile Heat Cable is also available in convenient mats. These mats include the durable radiant heat cable pre-spaced and attached to a fiberglass mesh with adhesive backing. Mats are available in different lengths, and are 24 inches wide. ComfortTile radiant heating mats are also UL listed and come with a 25- year limited warranty. The thin cable results in low profile (3/16-inch) mats that are easy to install when putting in new flooring. Simply roll out the mats, cut the mesh backing as necessary to make turns (avoid cutting the cable itself), and secure the mats to the subfloor. ComfortTile is easy to install, effective, and energy efficient, making it one of the most trusted systems on the market.

Heat hardwood floors with Warmzone's FilmHeat
Heated hardwood floor with cutaway showing FilmHeat floor heating element.

Another trusted option for heating your new hardwood floor is FilmHeat. Warmzone’s FilmHeat heating element is one of the thinnest available and is installed quickly and easily without any floor buildup. FilmHeat is simply cut to fit the appropriate area and attached to the subfloor. This system is also UL approved, and comes with a 10-year warranty. It is available in 24, 36, or 48- inch widths, and 120 or 240 voltage, and only measure .016 inch thick. Warmzone’s FilmHeat system also has no moving parts, making it virtually maintenance free after installation. FilmHeat is one of the most cost-efficient systems, with 99 percent of its energy converted directly into heat. FilmHeat also has lower installation and operation costs, making it a great option for those who may be on a budget when installing new floors.

When installing wood flooring, Warmzone’s assortment of top of the line products assures there is an option for any application. Warmzone also offers customer service that can’t be beat. From the beginning until the end of your project, professionals are available to assist you. Trusted professional designers and engineers work closely with you to pick and design the perfect system, and continue to be available as you get it installed and running. Warmzone has product information, as well as installation tips and guides available online, and may even be able to recommend an experienced radiant heat installer and electrician in your area. Making an investment in new heated floors has never been so easy! For more information, check out information on our floor heating systems , or contact a customer service professional at 888-488-9276.

Versatile Snow Melting Systems

Efficient and Easy-to-Customize Warmzone Radiant Heat Systems

Snow melting systems are an affordable investment in safe, convenient warmth for any home or business.  When purchasing a radiant snow meting system, the first and possibly most important step is ensuring that the system has high quality components that will stand the test of time, and allow the system to function at peak efficiency. ClearZone snow melting systems from Warmzone are fully automated and function with three main components that work together to assure the heated area is clear 24/7, making winter safer and more hassle free.

Heated asphalt tire tracks

The first component of a ClearZone snow melting systems is industry leading ClearZone radiant heat cable. This UL listed, twin-conductor cable is rugged and versatile, and features single point connection for easy installation. CZ cable consists of a FEP/XLPE insulation, polyolefin jacketing to provide flexibility and protection from UV damage. The heat cable produces 30-50 watts per square foot, and is rated at 220°F. This durable cable is commonly used in fresh concrete pours, under pavers, and in asphalt. The cable used for hot asphalt applications is specially designed to withstand the heat and stress of asphalt applications. This special CZ cable is rated at 460°F for up to 10 minutes.

ClearZone heat cable comes on spools or pre-spaced in mats. Cable off the spool is easily installed into custom shaped areas and is the best choice for installations that require more flexibility; such as intricate or odd shaped areas. For more traditionally shaped areas or for quicker installations, radiant heating mats are used.

ClearZone radiant heating mats come with heat cable pre-spaced (3 or 4-inch spacing available) on 2-foot wide mats. The backing tape, pre-spacing and forming the cable into mats can be cut to accommodate turns and layout needs, providing quick and easy installation. Both radiant heating cable and mats come with a 10-year manufacturer warranty, and is backed by unparalleled customer support services from Warmzone.

The activation device (snow sensor) is the second integral part of any snow melting system. The device works by sensing precipitation and the temperature, and only activates the system when it is needed. When the device senses the set temperature (usually set at 38° or 39°F) and precipitation, it signals the master controller, which then powers the heating element. Activation devices can be mounted in the surface of the area to be heated, or aerially to detect weather conditions. The aerial-mounted snow sensor allows adjustment of the temperature trigger point, the delay off cycle, and can be upgraded for remote activation. The sensor is also compact and easy to install and is compatible with smart systems. In ground sensors are typically more common for large commercial applications. In-ground sensors use a small control unit instead of a contactor panel, allowing for control from an external signal. The control unit can be switched on/off (standby) and the heating system can be turned on manually to deal with snow drifts or if ice should form in the shade.

The final component of a ClearZone Snow melting system is the contactor panel. This unit receives the signal from the sensor and powers the heating element embedded under the surface. At Warmzone, contactor panels come with or without Ground Fault Equipment Protection.  When equipped with GFEP, fault risk and extra steps and costs of installation are minimized. Warmzone’s contactor panels work with aerial activation devices and come with a 2-year limited warranty.

The versatility of ClearZone Snow melting systems allows installation in almost any medium and application. Some of Warmzone’s snow melting system installations include:

Driveways

Sidewalks

Public transit (bus stops / train platforms)

Winter resorts

Hospital entrances

Churches

Shopping centers, malls (entryways, parking areas and ramps)

Runaway truck ramps

City center sidewalks

Airport aprons

Outdoor steps

Pedestrian bridges

Loading docks and ramps

Wheelchair ramps

Heated entryway

While heating an entire area is a popular option, custom installs are also easy with ClearZone products. Whether just a high traffic area needs heating, a strip in the middle of a driveway, tire tracks, or even an outdoor kennel, ClearZone snow melting systems provide endless customization options, not only to accommodate your snow melting needs, but your budget as well.

Warmzone not only has top-of-the-line components and customization options, but industry leading customer service that includes free installation training, professional system design/engineering services, and installation tech support. These services are available to help any customer design and install the perfect snow melting system for any area. Warmzone’s industry leading products and customer service have gained the trust of customers all over the country- from federal, state and local government, to Fortune 500 companies. Warmzone has helped install snow melting systems for customers throughout Northern America.

When considering a snow melting system, Warmzone is the best option available from purchase to installation. Online support including access to manuals, tips, and videos is available, in addition to technical support services, making sure your ClearZone system is installed and operating smoothly. For more information, call Warmzone today at 888.488.9276.

Ring in the New Year with the Luxurious Warmth of Radiant Heat

The new year is the perfect time to make those upgrades to your home or business you’ve been waiting for. Installing radiant heated floors can be an affordable project that gives any space a feeling of luxury and comfort. If questions about whether radiant heated floors are right for your home have been stopping you from moving forward, here are some answers to help you make the best decision in 2020.

Woman in sunlight on warm floor

Radiant heated floors from Warmzone feature top-of-the-line components that are easy to install and easy to operate. Each system features a heating element, a sensor, and an activation device (thermostat). Warmzone offers the best thermostats in the industry. A variety of thermostats are available, ranging from fully programmable thermostats with an in-floor and ambient temperature sensor to simple on/off thermostats with a single temperature sensor. The programmable feature allows homeowners to program the heating system according to their daily and weekly schedule.

Floor heating system thermostats coordinate with sensors to keep the floor at optimum temperature. Sensors are available that sense floor temperature (embedded in the floor) or air temperature in the room, depending on your preference. The popular ComfortTile TOUCH floor heating thermostat is programmable and controls the temperature of the system with either an in-floor or external (ambient) sensor. This advanced thermostat is engineered to ensure that the floor heating system operates efficiently and economically. All of Warmzone’s floor heating thermostats include an integrated Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI, Class A).

Radiant floor heating offers many benefits. Because the systems operate silently, without the need for blowers and duct work, they help prevent the spread of dust, allergens and other particles, keeping the environment cleaner than a forced air system. This is especially beneficial for those with allergies or respiratory problems.

Radiant heat is also the most efficient technology today for heating homes and businesses. Each room with a floor heating system is controlled by its own thermostat, giving the homeowner precise control over the temperature in individual spaces and further adding to the system’s efficiency. Depending on local utility rates, radiant heat can cost less to run than a standard heating system, while providing more luxurious warmth.

ComfortTile floor heating system installed under tile floor
Ceramic tiled floor heated with ComfortTile floor heating system

With its vast selection of heated floor options, Warmzone makes it easy to find the ideal system for just about any application. Warmzone also custom designs each floor heating system to best meet the customer’s specific needs. The experienced design team provides professional layout and design services so your electrician has all the layout and electrical information necessary to ensure a successful installation.

When choosing a floor heating system, the biggest difference is the heating element. Heating elements come in a variety of forms at Warmzone, such as low-voltage panels, paper-thin sheets, reflective insulated panels, heat resistance cable, and more. ComfortTile heating cable is the most popular and versatile option for heating homes and businesses, and is available off the spool or pre-spaced in flexible mats with an adhesive backing. The twin-conductor heating cable is pre-terminated for simple installation and is only ⅛-inch in diameter, resulting in minimal floor buildup. ComfortTile heat cable also has ground fault protection (GFCI) and does not emit any measurable electromagnetic fields, making it a safe, reliable choice. With this cable, any spacing or coverage adjustments can be made onsite, making it perfect for custom areas where flexibility is needed. ComforTile cable can also be installed in a floor heating membrane such as Prodeso, further adding to its versatility.

ComfortTile heating mats make installation a breeze. The cable is pre-spaced and affixed on a flexible fiberglass mesh backing, which can be rolled out and then secured to the subfloor. These mats are compatible with almost any type of flooring, and are safety approved for wet locations. CT mats heat an area 24 inches wide and are available in different lengths, and can be used with 120 or 240 volts. Mats make it simple and easy to quickly install a floor heating system in areas such as a kitchen or bathroom. ComfortTile radiant heating mats come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty, making this proven system one of the best in the industry, and a great choice for any homeowner.

Installation of a new floor heating system may seem daunting, but by dealing with Warmzone, customers can be assured of receiving premium quality systems and components and unparalleled customer service and support.

Warmzone has set the gold standard when it comes to customer service. Some of our services include professional system design and layouts, free installation training, expert installation/technical support, and a host of online “how-to” videos and documentation. With perhaps the largest selection of floor heating options and unmatched customer service, Warmzone offers customers a hassle-free, quality radiant floor heating solution. We understand that installing a heated floor system in your home is a significant investment for any homeowner, so we want to help ensure that finding and installing the system is done right.

Heated floors are a great way to turn your house into a dream home. For more information or a free quote, contact a radiant heat expert today at 888.488.9276. Or check out Warmzone’s online installation resources, product documentation, and radiant floor heating options today.

September HotNews – Install the Best

Deal With Pros who Care About Your Installation

You’ve just made an investment in your property and purchased your first state-of-the-art radiant heat system from Warmzone, and you may be wondering, what comes next? Installation is the next step, and the most important when it comes to your new radiant heat system. While purchasing products like a ClearZone snow melting system or ComfortTile radiant heat system assures the quality of your components, the system cannot be effective if installed incorrectly. Without proper installation, your system will not run at optimum levels, which means you won’t see the results you want for your home or business. Customer satisfaction is a priority at Warmzone, which is why when you purchase a system from Warmzone you have access to all the tools and help needed to ensure a safe, proper installation. Warmzone’s commitment to customer service and installation support is unparalleled in the industry.

Heated paver driveway

The first benefit you receive when working with Warmzone is access to Warmzone’s free professional engineering and design services. This service will help ensure a proper installation as well as save time and money. When purchasing a radiant heat system from Warmzone, you will work with professionals who can answer all your questions and provide you with a personalized AutoCAD for your project. At Warmzone, a radiant heat expert will create your AutoCAD to the exact specifications needed for your project.  This allows for a complete design drawing that includes the system layout, projected performance, all materials needed, and power needs. If there are questions about any of the technical aspects of the system, such as number of breakers needed for your project, or the load calculations needed, you will find these on your AutoCAD, or you can contact a professional at Warmzone at anytime. This is an important step in the design process, but even more important for your installation. The information provided can help you or your installer with any questions that may come up to ensure your installation goes off without a hitch.

After you have received your system layout and are ready for install, there are a few important things that can be done to assure your installation goes smoothly. We recommend that the installer reviews some of the helpful online instructional videos. Warmzone also provides personal installation training. The installation course is provided for customers so they can complete installation as quickly and as smoothly as possible. There are installation courses available for all of Warmzone’s industry leading products, and helpful installation videos that cover a range of topics. Warmzone’s online training is invaluable for the proper installation of a radiant heat system. Warmzone can also connect you with a qualified installer for your project to further ensure that your system is installed correctly.

The next important step for installation is making sure to hire a licensed and reliable electrician. While you can complete much of the installation on your own, you must hire an electrician to complete the wiring for your project (for warranty purposes). An electrician can also verify the amperage available at your home, which will ensure your system will run efficiently and effectively. (This should be the first thing homeowners do.) Verifying the amperage with a qualified electrician and having one available to help finish the installation process will prevent future issues with your radiant heat system. If you have purchased with Warmzone, you know your components are top of the line- but it crucial to complete the installation with a verified electrician to ensure your components will function properly. At Warmzone, the experts know products are only as good as their installation, which is why customer service professionals are available at anytime to assist you during the installation, and can help you locate an experienced electrician for your project.

Heated driveway with four heated tire tracks

After you have completed your training and verified the amperage for your project with an electrician you can begin installation. For a heated driveway system, you will have the following components: a heating element (such as heating cable or mats), a control panel, and an activation device. An activation device is an aerial or pavement mounted sensor which detects temperature and precipitation to activate the system when needed.

The first step in installation will be laying out your heating cable or mat. While this is not a hard process, there are a few important rules that must be followed. When installing, be sure to never cut or damage your cable. Cutting or compromising the heating cable or mats will ruin the product, and your system will not function. It is also critical when laying heating cable that the cables are not touching, and are spaced according to the layout (usually 3 or 4 inches apart). For heating concrete driveways and sidewalks, the cable must be secured to the remesh (with zip ties) that is supported by Mesh-Up plastic chairs for optimum performance. The Mesh-Ups keep the remesh and heat cable from being pushed down to the ground during the concrete pour. Ideally, the heat cable should be about 2 inches from the surface being heated. When the cable is installed it is important to test the cable during different phases of the installation and make sure it has not been damaged and is functioning properly (refer to installation manual).

You have some options when it comes to the snow sensor / activation device. You can install an aerial-mount activation device, typically mounted slightly above the roof line, or a ground-mount snow sensor that is placed in the pavement where it is exposed to the elements. The system is connected to the control panel, which is usually mounted on a wall in the garage. It is important to have a qualified electrician complete the wiring for your system. After this is done, you will be ready to use your new radiant heat system.

Warmzone’s customer service is available to you at anytime throughout the installation process. If you complete your online training and still have questions, you can access installation guides online. Professionals are also available to speak with and help you with any questions you may have, or you can check out our blog for tips on installation. When purchasing and installing radiant heat, Warmzone knows the importance of customer support and installation resources available for customers, making Warmzone a cut above in the radiant heat industry.

If you haven’t purchased a radiant heat system and are interested, please contact a Warmzone professional at 888-488-9276 and receive your free quote today.

June HotNews – The Importance of Proper Installation

Radiant heat has recently come into the spotlight as an efficient and cost friendly method to heat almost any area. It is a product for both businesses and consumers that allows safety, flexibility, and comfort. From interior applications like heated floors to snow melting systems like Warmzone’s industry leading ClearZone snow melting system, there are many ways a radiant heat system can improve your home or business in the cold winter months. Knowing how a radiant heat system works and what components are needed are some of the first steps in purchasing a system, but the most important aspect of the process is installation. That’s why Warmzone offers free installation training for installers.

Scissors and cable - Never cut the heat cable
Never cut the heat cable! To make turns, cut the white binding tape and arrange the cable accordingly.

Proper installation is crucial to ensure a radiant system functions safely and as intended. Proper installation also ensures the longevity and optimum performance of the system. Since the correct installation is so important, get started here with some information from the experts at Warmzone to help assure your installation goes smoothly.

A properly installed radiant heat system begins with the components. When installing radiant heat under flooring, a heating element is the first component needed. Warmzone’s ComfortTile heat cable is perfect for custom floor heating projects. The heat cable is available on spools or pre-spaced in easy-to-roll-out mats. These mats are simply rolled out and laid over the subflooring. Keep in mind that when installing the cable/mats, it is important that the cable is never cut or damaged.

Radiant floor heating systems are then controlled with programmable thermostats and a sensor for temperature control. After cables or mats have been laid out and secured, a licensed electrician must connect the wiring and complete your installation. (This is to ensure that your warranty remains valid.)

With Warmzone’s ComfortTile floor heating systems, superior components are standard. ComfortTile cable and mats are suitable for almost any flooring, and Warmzone’s programmable thermostats are designed specifically for radiant heat systems. They are simple to use and include an installation wizard for a quick and painless installation. A thermostat from Warmzone also allows for troubleshooting by exporting your information to the web for technical support.

Automated snow melting systems require heating cable, a contactor panel, and an aerial or in-ground sensor. These systems use the aerial or in-ground sensor to detect precipitation and temperature. When weather conditions warrant, the sensor triggers the system and power is sent to the heat cables. The system runs until the area is clear and then automatically shuts down. Aerial sensors are used for most home installations, while in-ground sensors are more often used for commercial applications. This makes an automated system a great way to save time, increase safety, and keep power costs low.

An automated snow meting system can require extra consideration when installing, so it is important to work with a provider that includes complete system design and layout services. This includes the proper materials and information necessary for the electrician, such as load calculations, breaker sizes and number of breakers. By working with Warmzone you’ll be completely prepared before any installation takes place.

The ClearZone snow melting system is a proven industry leader, and includes unrivaled installation support from Warmzone. These systems can be put into driveways, sidewalks, steps, loading ramps, or just about any area that needs to be heated. When choosing and installing a snow melting system, it is important to make certain that you are using high quality, versatile, and sturdy components. At Warmzone, ClearZone snow melting heat cable is also available on spools for custom configurations, or mats for larger areas.

Warmzone’s ClearZone snow melting heat cable is a twin conductor resistance heat cable that allows it to be installed into almost any medium. Special ClearZone cable is also available for installation in high temperature asphalt applications.

Installing a heated asphalt driveway

Great products will only work if an installation is done completely and properly. When laying out the cable for your system, it should be done carefully. Installers should be careful with the use of items such as metal rakes that may damage your cable. It is important once again to be sure you do not cut the cable, and the cables are spaced properly and never touching. (Generally, cables should be 3-4 inches apart, depending on your system.) The cables must be properly secured to the remesh as well.

To keep the cable from resting on the ground, place MeshUps plastic chairs under the remesh. These supports keep the cable off the ground during concrete pours and ideally, keeps the cable 2 inches from the surface being heated. This step prevents suboptimal performance and will help maintain the soundness of the cable in your snow melting system. If your cables are touching or not installed appropriately it can ruin the cable and make your system inoperable. Another important way to avoid an inoperable system is to test your cables when you receive them, as well as throughout installation.

When installing your aerial sensor, it is important for proper functioning that the sensor is unobstructed from the weather, so it can accurately detect temperature and precipitation. After installing your snow melting system or any radiant heat system purchased from Warmzone, fill out your warranty card. This is a step that many customers forget.

A snowmelt system can be installed by anyone, but the value of installation training and support is immeasurable in helping to avoid confusion and mistakes while installing. Warmzone is the industry leader in installation support. Not only can you or your installer contact a Warmzone professional at 888-488-9276 at anytime, you will also have access to other industry leading installation help that can make your installation quick and simple. With Warmzone’s professional design services, you can receive a detailed AutoCAD, which includes all the details of your system, from layout, to the power requirements, and all of the technical specs. It helps to ensure the proper installation of your system.

If you have questions about your components or system layout, Warmzone has technical support experts on staff ready to help. Warmzone also has videos and general installation overviews available. Technical guides and installation manuals are also available online.

If you are more interested in training prior to installation, check out Warmzone University. Warmzone university is completely free and has personal installation training that you can complete online with your instructor. You can also take the training in person at Warmzone’s office in Salt Lake City, Utah. An installation expert is also available to speak to at anytime at Warmzone, or if you need an electrician or contractor to help with installation, Warmzone can connect you with one in your area.

Warmzone understands the importance of installation and has the options to make sure your system is installed correctly. Check out Warmzone’s industry leading services. If you’re interested in a free quote or have other questions, contact a professional today at 888-488-9276.

May HotNews Newsletter – Snow Melting System Design

Purchasing a snow melting system for your personal or commercial property is an important investment that can increase your property value. Radiant heat systems are versatile and easy to customize so they can be installed in most mediums, including concrete, asphalt and brick or stone pavers. Snow melting systems are fully automated, and can add a level of safety and convenience to your property during cold winter months.

Heated driveway with pavers

When considering a snow melting system, the process of purchasing and installing begins with the design. This is where working with experienced professionals pays off. Warmzone’s design and engineering services are second to none, which is one more reason why construction professionals regularly turn to Warmzone when it comes to installing radiant heat.

While designing a snow melting system may seem like a simple matter of using the proper components, the fact is that quality components are only a small part of the process. Radiant heating systems are only as good as their installations, so proper design is crucial. Successful installations are made easier with well thought out and planned designs, which are key to the system’s proper performance.

There are important factors that must be taken into consideration when designing a snow melting system. Some of the initial factors that should be considered are the available power and the square footage of the area to be heated. These factors can help determine the operating cost of the system, which is usually less than hiring a professional snow removal service. (A simple formula to determine operating cost has been included below.)

In regards to the power requirements, homeowners should be familiar with the following basic guidelines. One 30-amp breaker supplies enough power to heat a 170-square foot area. To heat a driveway of 350-square feet, two 30-amp breakers (or one 60-amp breaker) would be needed. Homeowners can check their home’s main breaker panel to see the power coming into the house. (Typical homes feature either two 100 amp panels or two 200 amp breakers. These are located at the top of the main breaker box above the main breaker panel.) But when looking to install radiant heat, the bottom line when it comes to power requirements is that an electrician is ultimately the one to address all the power issues. If you have questions about available power, contact Warmzone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

After you have measured the area that needs to be heated and evaluated your power availability, it’s time to consider the system’s location and weather conditions. This includes altitude, average snowfall, and average winter temperature. Using these factors will help determine what layout and components will be best suited to your project. The basic components needed for an automated snow melting system include an aerial- or pavement-mount snow sensor, a heating element, and master controller. A good design will also include all the breaker and power-related information for the system.

Heated paver driveway in operation.
Example of a snow melting system in action.

The design process can be daunting, but not for the professionals at Warmzone who have years of experience designing custom radiant heat systems for all types of applications. At Warmzone, a snow melting system can be designed and installed on virtually any property. And Warmzone offers a variety of the industry’s most proven and trusted products. Each system at Warmzone is carefully custom designed, and includes a detailed CAD that includes layout, load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and system performance expectations. Having a system designed by professionals at Warmzone also gives you options when it comes to your budget. if you don’t want to heat an entire area, the system can be designed to heat any size or shape of area.  A few options include:

  • Heating two 24-inch wide tire tracks
  • Heating only the high traffic areas
  • Heating the trouble spots, such as the incline of a property
  • Heating an 8-foot strip down the center of the driveway

At Warmzone, industry leading products like ClearZone heat cable can be easily laid out in custom configurations to meet the specific needs of your project.

All in all, working with professionals who include system design and layout services will minimize issues that may occur with installation, and can save you money and time. With Warmzone’s unparalleled customer service and installation support, there is help available at anytime. If you have further questions or are interested in a free quote, please visit our website or contact a trusted professional at 888-488-9276.

Determining the Operating Cost of a Heated Driveway

  1. Determine the total square footage of the area that will be heated. (The average American home has an 800-square foot driveway.)
  2. Multiply the square footage by the heat required (37 watts per sq. ft. for residential). This will give you a total for the watts per square footage required.
  3. Divide this number by 1,000 to convert to kilowatts.
  4. Look up the kilowatts-per-hour rate from the local power utility company.
  5. Multiply the total watts-per-square footage by the watts-per-hour. This gives you the cost-per-hour of usage for the snow melting system.

EXAMPLE (for an 800-square foot driveway): 800 (sq.ft.) x 37 (watts) = 29,600 (total watts).
29,600 divided by 1,000 = 29.6 kw per hour (This is what the power company will charge you per one hour of operation.) The average utility rate is .12 cents, therefore: 29.6 x .12 = $3.55. The cost of operation would be $3.55 per hour.

NOTE: Heating cables and mats are rated in total watts. If the snowmelt system is intended for a commercial application, then you would multiply the total square footage by 50 watts to determine the total wattage required.

Snow Melting System Details (Part I)

Finding the Right Snowmelt System Components and Services

Winter can be a treacherous time for business and homeowners when it comes to navigating the icy driveway, parking areas, and sidewalks. The best way to ensure safety around your house or business is by installing an automated snow melting system. These systems are reliable, easy to install and provide peace of mind for your home or workplace. When you work with trusted industry leader Warmzone, the systems include premier components, superior customer service, installation support, backed by years of radiant heat expertise.

Expertise and customer service is key when making such a significant investment, and at Warmzone, full design services are available to get you started off on the right foot. After discussing the project needs with you, a radiant heat expert will design a comprehensive radiant heat solution that is customized specifically for your property. The system layout includes a detailed CAD that outlines your system’s layout and materials, power needs, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and performance expectations. After you have worked with an expert to design your system, it’s time to start your system installation.

Example of Warmzone radiant heat system AutoCAD
Example of a snow melting system design snowing proper cable layout and technical information.

Proper installation is essential to radiant heat systems; that’s why Warmzone offers free installation training and support. Whether you are a professional or a homeowner doing a DIY installation, installation training is available in person or online. Installers can also call our installation experts at 888.488.9276 if they have any questions.

Using Warmzone’s proven UL listed Clearzone heating cable, snow melting systems can be installed in almost any medium, including concrete, asphalt, and pavers. ClearZone is a high quality twin-conductor, single-point connection cable that can withstand the stress of fresh concrete pours and heat of hot asphalt. Warmzone’s standard CZ cable is rated at 220 degrees Fahrenheit and is designed to produce 30-50 watts per square foot. (For asphalt installations, a special ClearZone cable rated up to 460 degrees for up to 10 minutes is available.)

ClearZone heating cable in mat and rolled.

The durable and versatile heat cable is available off spools or in mats that can be easily rolled out for quick installation. Installation for your project begins with this heating cable being laid out and secured to a re-mesh. This re-mesh is supported by plastic Mesh-Ups that keep the heat cable elevated during the concrete pour. (It is important that the cable does not rest on the ground.) After the cable is laid out and secured, the concrete or asphalt is applied.

The next essential piece of an automated snow melting system is the automatic sensor (activation device). These temperature and moisture sensors can be pavement mounted or aerial-mounted. Aerial sensors are typically used for residential applications, while pavement mounted sensors are generally used for commercial snow melting projects. When the temperature reaches a set point (usually set at 39°F) and moisture is present, the sensor signals the master controller / contactor panel to send power to the snow melting system’s heat cable. There are benefits to both sensors, and each are well suited for particular projects.

To continue learning about how Warmzone’s snow melting systems, check out Part II of Snow Melting System Details below.


Snow Melting System Details (Part II)

Finding the Right Snowmelt System Components and Services

Aerial sensors are typically used for residential snow melting systems (and roof deicing systems). Warmzone’s WS-2C aerial sensor sets the industry standard with new enhancements that make it the most popular and trusted. The activation device has a universal power supply allowing it to auto select input voltage, a redesigned case, and increased moisture control sensitivity. This sensor detects moisture through an interleaved grid at the top of the unit, and temperature is detected by a sensor at the bottom of the unit.

The WS-2C is compact and easy to install, features an adjustable set point and has manual, automatic and standby capability. Another bonus of Warmzone’s aerial mounted sensor is its smart system compatibility. When you purchase the optional WS-AUX and CS-1 cable, you can control your system from remote locations through your telephone.

Aerial mount snow sensor
A WS-2C aerial mount snow sensor for automated snow melting systems.

Pavement mounted sensors are generally used for commercial projects. The ground-mount sensor is directly mounted in the surface of the area to be heated, which allows for increased energy efficiency without sacrificing effectiveness. When the set point is reached and moisture is detected, the sensor signals the master controller, which activates the ClearZone snow melting system. This unit is only used with a pavement mounted sensor, and is a small NEMA 1 wall mounted control panel. The panel s designed so it can be controlled from an external signal. It can be in standby mode to activate when needed, or can be turned on manually to melt snow drifts or ice that may have formed in shaded areas. Warmzone’s master controller is not only technologically advanced, but is also very affordable. The Warmzone controller provides maintenance free, UL listed, under pavement heating. After the storm, to ensure that the heated area is completely dry, the pavement mounted sensor is equipped with an “after-run” function to ensure complete dryness and no ice formation.

Pavement mount snow sensor
A pavement mount snow sensor for automated snow melting systems.

When you choose Warmzone for your snow melting needs, not only do you receive premier systems and components, you also receive online resources available at anytime – which include Warmzone’s instructional videos, articles, and glossary of helpful terms.

Still have questions about ClearZone snow melting systems? Check out this snow melting system overview and other documentation, or contact an experienced representative who can provide sincere, non biased recommendations based on your needs at 888.488.9276.

View ClearZone Snow Melting System Literature

Snow Melting Systems: Where do you Start?

Tips for Those Considering Radiant Heat

Purchasing a snow melting system like the ClearZone system offered at Warmzone is a great way to eliminate manual labor and make your home or business safer, but the process of finding, purchasing, and installing a system can seem complicated to any buyer. There are quite a few questions that can slow the purchasing and installation process. What products best suit my needs?  How much power is required? How is my system installed? Here is a quick breakdown of the procedure to help you make a confident and informed decision.

One of the first things that needs to be addressed when installing a snow melting system is to determine the square footage of the area to be heated. A rough draft of the area you wish to heat is typically needed to begin the estimate and design of your radiant heat system. If you are unsure of the exact measurements or don’t know how to calculate the square footage of your driveway or area to be heated, contact Warmzone at 888.488.9276. With state-of-the-art software that allows for a satellite view of the property, a qualified Warmzone representative can measure the square footage for your project over the phone. Warmzone also offers professional design services to provide you with a detailed layout of your system. The custom layout takes all factors into consideration, including, the specifics of your property, the climate of your location, average yearly snowfall, and power requirements. Designing a custom system for you ensures that the best solution is provided and makes the installation of the heated driveway you’ve been imagining easy and painless.

Professional design and layout of radiant heated driveway
Example of radiant heated driveway system AutoCAD.

When it comes to power for your radiant heat system, here are few basic guidelines. It is important to verify the existing voltage (110/120 or 220/240) and available amperage. To make certain of your home’s power, we recommend having an electrician come to your location to measure the amperage. However, you can also check your home’s power by accessing your main breaker panel. Most homes are equipped with either two 100 amp panels or one 200 amp panel, which should be located at the top of the main breaker box. When figuring out what power your system may need, consider that one 30 amp breaker will heat about 170 square feet, so a 350-square-foot driveway would require one 60 amp breaker, or two 30 amp breakers. But don’t be intimidated by these details. Warmzone radiant heat experts will assist your electrician at any time to help ensure that all of your project information is correct prior to any installation taking place.

Most homes have more than ample power to operate a heated driveway or sidewalk(s). However, in the unlikely situation that there is limited power available, a technique called zoning can be used.

Zoning allows those with minimal power to still enjoy the benefits of a snow melting system. Your designated snow melting area is divided into zones, each with its own snow sensor. The zones are prioritized by which area must be cleared. Each zone operates separately, utilizing the available power to remove snow and ice from the designated area. This allows the system to optimize the available power. After the first zone is cleared power is sent to the next zone and so on, cycling much like a sprinkler system.

Snow melting system divided into zones for power usage
When faced with a limited power supply, snow melting systems can be installed to heat by zones, shown in this illustration.

At Warmzone, zoning is efficient and cost effective. The smart cycling features allow an area that may already be cleared to be skipped and not activated. Homeowners can also operate the system manually. If you have any questions about power, a Warmzone representative would be happy to assist you and explain your options. To talk with a radiant heat expert, call 888.488.9276.

After verifying the voltage and available amperage of your home or business, you can move forward with the installation. Snow melting systems can be installed in almost any medium, whether it’s asphalt, concrete, or pavers. After choosing and receiving your heating cable and other system components, it’s time to prepare the area for installation. Make sure the area is cleared of any rocks or debris that may damage the heating cable.

With concrete installations, a wire remesh is installed and the heating cable is secured to the mesh to ensure proper cable spacing and prevent shifting during pouring. Next, Mesh-Up plastic supports are installed to prevent the cable from sitting on the ground. Finally, an aerial mount snow sensor is installed, which activates when there is precipitation and temperature drops below the set point (usually 39°F). When installing system components make sure to follow building codes and advised installation methods. You can also check out some basic installation tips here or view some helpful installation videos.

Still have questions about snow melting systems? Take advantage of the many industry leading services available at Warmzone. Professional design and engineering services offered at Warmzone provide customers with product consultation as well as a detailed CAD of their system’s layout. This ensures system performance expectations are met and minimizes installation issues. Free Installation training through Warmzone University is offered online or in person, and free tech support from radiant heat experts and electricians is also available.

Heated paver driveway in operation.
Example of a snow melting system in action.

Check out all the benefits Warmzone can offer by contacting a dedicated professional today at 888.488.9276.