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Heavy Snow Storms Challenge Boston City Snow Removal Services

Snow removal in Boston is serious business. During Boston’s record setting winter of 2014-2015, when the city received 108.6 inches of snow, residents worked overtime to keep their driveways and sidewalks clear of the white stuff. Boston city personnel and snowplows were pushed to their limits during some of the more significant storms. And while Boston city can prepare their trucks and employees for Mother Nature’s next onslaught, is there anything homeowners can do to get a leg up on the harsh New England winters?

The answer is “yes”. Many home and business owners in the Boston area are turning to radiant heat. In addition to eliminating the need for manual snow removal, automated snow melting systems enhance safety for pedestrians entering and exiting businesses in the Boston area.

Parked cars in Boston covered with snow after heavy snow storm.
Boston city workers and snow plows had their hands full after record breaking snowfall.

Warmzone snow melting systems are fully automated, so they operate only when needed. The system includes an advanced snow sensor that detects temperature and precipitation. When temperatures are below a set point – typically 39 degrees Fahrenheit – it signals the controller which sends power to the heat cable.

As an industry leader, Warmzone snow melting systems feature trusted heat cable that is available off the spool or pre-spaced in mats that can be rolled out for easy installation. The electric radiant heating mats are laid out and secured, and then the medium (concrete, pavers, or asphalt) is applied directly over the cable. (To view snow melting system installation tips, visit the Installing Snow Melting Systems web page.)

The proven ClearZone snow melting system is commonly installed in both commercial and residential applications. From large heated driveways and parking areas to custom sized walkways, ramps and loading docks, ClearZone electric snowmelt systems are versatile and can be easily customized.

Warmzone’s fully automated system includes the embedded heat cable, an activation device (snow sensor), contactor panel, and marker plate (as required by the NEC). These electric systems are also maintenance free and relatively easy to install.

In addition to providing the highest quality radiant heating products, Warmzone also offers unmatched customer services. Each system is professionally designed, so you’ll know the exact layout and materials, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and system performance expectations before one foot of heat cable is installed.

Warmzone also includes free installation support services. Our expert staff is on hand during your installation if you need. Should your installer have any questions during the installation, he/she can speak with one of our installation experts to resolve any issues. Free installation training is also available. When it comes to customer service, you’ll find that Warmzone is second to none.

Contact Warmzone today and learn more about the radiant heating options that are available. In addition to offering heated driveways and snow melting systems. Warmzone also offers premier roof deicing and floor heating systems. Call 888.488.9276 to learn more.

The Advanced WS-2 Snow Sensor

Heated Driveway on the Fritz? Retrofit with the WS-2 Snowmelt Sensor

This week many parts of the country saw record snowfalls. The days of shoveling have seemingly stretched into years. Snow is piling up everywhere, making snow removal even more difficult. Investment in a radiant heated snow melting system is smart. While electric snowmelt systems are fully automated and maintenance free, you can still do things to keep it operating at peak efficiency. If you do have an old system that is struggling to keep your driveway clear, you may only need a sensor update. You don’t have to wait until spring, or invest big bucks to tear up your entire driveway to fix the problem.

Aerial mount snow sensor

Warmzone has a complete line of proven products, including WS-2 aerial-mount snow melting sensors that make repairing your existing electric or hydronic heated driveway a snap. Each unit has four mounting tabs that can be used to mount the sensor to a post, elevating it above the highest level of expected snow fall. Weighing in at just two pounds, they can be easily secured and supported on a variety of surfaces.

There are a number of minimally invasive techniques for adding the WZ-2 aerial sensor to your existing snow melting system, regardless of the conditions outside. For convenience, the unit has pre-set all operational switches and set points; however, for further customization, users can access all electronics by simply removing the four screws of the front cover plate.

Aerial-mount snow sensors are an integral part of any snow melting system, so the quality of your system components is critical. When sensors read changes in moisture and temperature indicating that snow is on the way, they trigger the system controller to activate your heated driveway as the first snowflake falls. They are the brain of your heated driveway and maximize efficiency.

WS-2 snow sensors feature an adjustable “Delay Off” cycle. “Delay off” refers to drying cycle. This cycle restarts and operates whenever snow is detected, then continues for a short “delay off” period once the precipitation has stopped to dry the heated surface. This intuitive drying cycle enhances safety by reducing the chance of moisture refreezing into ice.

For further efficiency and convenience, these sensors are also “smart system” ready, offering a number of remote features so you can control your heated driveway system from remote locations. For instance, the optional CS-1 cable and the snow sensor are easily connected into compatible Warmzone smart systems, giving you the ability to turn your radiant heated driveway on and off via your telephone.

You can also control and monitor your driveway snow melting system from inside your home by adding Warmzone’s system-specific remote control panel. The panel provides basic DE-ICE ON status for deicing, as well as MANUAL ON, AUTOMATIC and STANDBY control capabilities. Even though the system is fully automated, it’s nice to have access to manual control as well.

If you’re looking to update your snow melting system in time for the next storm, take heart. Warmzone WS-2 aerial-mounted sensors can be installed quickly so your driveway snow melting system is up and running for the next big storm. Call 888.488.9276 or visit Warmzone.com for more details.

A Premier Roof Heating Solution

Eliminate Ice Dams with the Warmzone RoofHeat Panel Roof Deicing System

One of the many effective roof heating options available from Warmzone is the RoofHeat Panel roof deicing system. RoofHeat Panels feature self-regulating heat cable that is placed in the grooves of aluminum panels for maximum heat transfer. Because of the conductive properties of the aluminum panel, this roof deicing system is one of the most effective and efficient roof heating systems available.

In the past, many homeowners “zig zagged” heat cable along the eaves of their roofs prevent ice dams from forming, but this method required much cable and not all the snow and ice would be melted at the roof’s edge. With the RoofHeat Panel system (Product Specsheet PDF), the heat cable is installed in special grooves within the aluminum panels to transfer heat quickly and evenly. Panels warm a larger surface area while using less cable, so not only is all the snow and ice melted at the roof’s edge, but there is less energy consumption as well. The system has proven to be more environmentally friendly, while keeping operation costs at a minimum.

Heat roof edges with Warmzone panels

The attractive panels are powder-coated with a durable finish, and are available in a variety of colors (PDF) to choose from. RoofHeat panels are also available in several widths so you can choose how much of your roof edges to heat. Panels are available in 8, 12, and 18-inch widths and are interlocking, so you can truly customize your roof heating system as you see fit.

Warmzone also offers RoofHeat valley heating panels that feature a 3-inch extruded aluminum panel. The roof valley panels may be the best roof valley heating solution on the market today. The heated panels provide a remarkably effective, and efficient means of melting snow and ice to protect your roof. The roof heating system typically melts snow on each side of the panel to create a significant clearing for runoff to eliminate buildup resulting in destructive ice dams. This industry leading roof heating system also features a lifetime manufacturer warranty!

And don’t forget that Warmzone is known as the industry leader when it comes to customer service. Warmzone custom designs each system, and includes personal installation support services. We work with you throughout the installation process to ensure that your system is installed correctly and performing as expected. Call Warmzone today at 888.488.9276 to learn more about the custom roof deicing options available to you.

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The Coolest Driveways are Heated Driveways

New homeowners and construction professionals in cold-climate regions have discovered that radiant heated driveways can’t be beat. It’s easy to understand why as you drive through any new neighborhood in the winter and spot the sleek heated concrete, asphalt or paver heated driveways, completely free of snow and ice.

But just what are the primary benefits of radiant heat? Well, if you’re one of those who is considering taking the leap to radiant heat, then consider these ten benefits of radiant snow melting systems.

Heated driveway with brick pavers

1. Radiant heated driveways are fully automated. When temperatures are below a certain set point and the snow sensor detect precipitation, the system will be activated. This state-of-the art automated radiant heating system only turns on when needed and shuts off afterwards, keeping your bill affordable.

2. Electric heated driveway systems require no maintenance. This means you can sip your hot cocoa from your window and taunt the schmuck next door who is losing the battle of the blizzard one shovelful at a time.

3. Heated driveways can be easily customized. Got a funky driveway design? No problem. Radiant heated driveways can be designed and installed in any unique driveway, sidewalk, or outdoor application.

4. Everyone loves a heated driveway, and you know what that means? Installing a heated driveway system just bumped up your property value from “meh” to “SOLD!”

5. A radiant heated driveway is an easy, no-frills way for you to go green. Driveway heating systems use renewable energy, which is a big thumbs up from Mother Nature. Additionally, heated driveways eliminate the need for that nasty salt that can wreak havoc on neighboring plants.

6. Durability is a heated driveway’s middle name. The radiant heat cables used are designed to withstand winter’s best attempts to destroy your driveway. Plus, Warmzone snow melting systems come with a 10-year warranty that covers up to twice the cost of the original installation. Yes, heated driveways are built to last, which means you do nothing but sit back and relax with snow-free peace of mind for a lifetime.

7. Electric heated driveway systems are relatively easy to install. With a little help from us and some ambition, you can have your heated driveway up and running in no time.

8. Radiant heated driveways can be installed under virtually any surface, including asphalt, concrete, tile, brick pavers―you name it. Having a snow-free driveway doesn’t mean sacrificing on aesthetics. You can have whatever surface you want just how you want it―delightfully snow- and ice-free.

9. Warmzone radiant snow melting systems feature rapid response times. An electric radiant heated driveway heats up to 30 percent faster than other snowmelt systems, meaning you get better performance fast. What’s more, it produces only 35-50 watts per square foot, getting you more snowmelt for your money.

10. Heated driveway systems enhance safety for you and your family. Consider slipping and falling on snow and ice a fiasco of the past. Even better―you’ll never have to deal with strained backs and blistered hands again. In fact, maybe you can give it to the neighbor. He’ll need it.

Whether it’s springtime, summer or fall, plan ahead and install a heated driveway system today to ensure a winter of peace and satisfaction. Once that first snowfall rolls around, you’ll be happy to finally say that your radiant heated driveway is cooler than your neighbor’s snow-laden driveway.

How Snow Melting Systems Work

Premier Snow Melting Cable

As the most durable, versatile and long-lasting radiant heat cable on the market, ClearZone heat cable is the most trusted radiant snowmelt solution available. Combined with Warmzone’s advanced master control unit, the snow melting cable can be installed in virtually any snowmelt application and can even withstand the heat and compression of newly poured asphalt.

Industry Leading Warranty
Warmzone offers the premier heat cable that carries the industry’s most comprehensive warranty. Unlike other heat cable warranties, the cable that Warmzone carries not only provides a 10-year warranty for the cable, but also the labor costs associated with replacing any defective cable. Simply put, Warmzone snow melting cable is unparalleled in all aspects of performance, reliability, longevity and manufacturer support.

Snow Melting System Control Unit
Electric heated driveway systems utilize a small wall-mounted control unit to power the snow melting system. The master controllers include line and load terminal blocks and operating contactors.

Controller for an automated snow melting system

The snowmelt system controller features a built-in, easy-to-use programmable timer and digital operator interface with manual override capability. The unit is compact, durable and efficient, further complementing the overall performance of the ClearZone snowmelt system.

Using readings from temperature and moisture sensors, the controller ensures economical control of power consumption when keeping outdoor areas free of ice and snow. A moisture sensor is installed in the surface of the driveway. As soon as moisture is detected, the controller activates the snow melting system. Once the sensor has dried out, the thermostat immediately switches off the heating system.

Radiant Snowmelt System Activation Device
Warmzone radiant snowmelt systems come standard with an aerial-mounted snow sensor. This highly sophisticated, yet durable device automatically activates the driveway snowmelt system when certain conditions are met, and has several notable features, including: adjustable temperature trigger point, adjustable delay off cycle, upgrade-able remote activation, and it is smart-system compatible.

Pavement-mounted snow sensors are also available, but are more commonly used in commercial applications. These devices allow the radiant snow melting system to be 100 percent automated, activating only when it snows. Manual mode allows you to activate the system in case the wind blows snow on the driveway or ice forms due to wind or shade.

Aging Population in the U.S. Looking for Convenience, Comfort and Safety

Whether you are a senior, live with or have a senior in your employ, undoubtedly your comfort and safety is a priority, particularly in the prevention of slip and fall accidents. In inclement weather, radiant heat snow melting systems not only help to protect seniors, but all employees and customers from potential ice and snow-related falls.

Just how likely is this problem for seniors? It is estimated that the majority of the lifetime cost for persons 65 and over is directly attributed to falls. Among people aged 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture, and among those persons 85 years of age or older, one fall in ten results in a hip fracture. The most profound effect of falling is the loss of independent functioning. Twenty-five percent of those who fracture a hip require life-long nursing care. About 50 percent of the elderly who sustain a fall-related injury will be discharged to a nursing home rather than return home. Considering these disturbing trends, it’s not surprising that many home and business owners are turning to radiant heat to curtail this tragic trend.

Treacherous snowy driveway in need of radiant heat

Electric radiant heated driveways and walkways are a practical method of slip and fall prevention during inclement weather. Fully automated, these systems are activated by a high-performance snow sensor when precipitation is detected and temperatures dip below 39 degrees F. The sensor signals the master control box, initiating startup of the electric radiant heated driveway system. This heated driveway system not only eliminates the task (or in the case of seniors, the cost) of snow removal, it clears surfaces to prepare for foot traffic well before ice and snow buildup occurs, eliminating the possibility of a slip and fall due to changing weather conditions.

When it comes to maintaining a quality of life for seniors, radiant heat is not only valuable in terms of snow melting, but other applications as well. If you’re a senior, you can now say goodbye to unwelcome cold winter drafts in the home associated with traditional heat systems. Unlike forced air, electric radiant heated floors, once initiated, can heat a room quickly, radiating heat from the floor up. They can be safely installed under wood, carpet, and ceramic tile to keep seniors safe, warm, and protected against illnesses brought on by winter’s chill. By reducing the dependence on costly fossil fuels, they are equally cost-effective, and that’s important when you’re on a limited budget. And, with the help of a room-specific thermostat and sensors, you have the freedom to heat one room, or heat them all, depending upon your needs for even greater efficiency.

Large heated paver driveway

Due to medications, changes in vision and other health concerns, incidents of falling and illness increase dramatically with age. Each fall or medical setback brings with it a threat to independence. Taking preventive measures now is one way to lessen the chance of a fall, or illness, and ensure that seniors live healthy, productive lives well into old age.

Call a radiant heat expert (888.488.9276) to learn more about the snow melting and floor heating systems and options available for you.

Snow Melting Systems Work While you Sleep

The weather has been in the news a lot lately. Crazy storms are wreaking havoc on roads and structures across the country, as evidenced by the roof collapse of the Metrodome in Minnesota. The record snowfalls even resulted in the postponing of a couple of NFL football games, which hasn’t happened in decades. The storms have made many of us take stock in how prepared we are for these blizzards.

The fortunate homeowners with radiant snow melting systems installed were able to go about their days without missing a beat during these storms, but the folks without a heated driveway snow melting system were faced with considerable challenges. Repeated shoveling of driveways and sidewalks were necessary as a series of storms left heavy snow in their wake. The hours and efforts of manual snow removal took a toll, and many people simply couldn’t keep up with the winter barrage. For these folks, installing an automated snow melting system may be quickly jumping to the top of their priority lists.

Heated paver walkway

Heated driveways have automatic sensors that allow them to work even while you are asleep. The smart snow sensor signals the driveway heating system when weather conditions warrant, activating the heat cables and warming your driveway to keep it clear of snow and ice. You can rest easy and keep your aspirin in the cupboard, knowing that your snowmelt system will do the heavy labor while you get your sleep. Contact Warmzone to learn more about these affordable snow melting solutions.