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July Newsletter – Efficiently Warming Your Home

Radiant Floor Heating

Nowadays consumers are not only concerned with saving money, but about doing their part to minimize their carbon footprint and help protect the environment. Perhaps it is these factors that have contributed to the steady growth of radiant heat – in addition to the luxurious warmth that it offers.

Radiant heat systems provide the most efficient way to heat homes and businesses. Unlike forced air systems, radiant heated floors have virtually no heat loss, so there’s no wasted energy. And the systems operate on renewable energy. (Hydronic floor heating systems are also available. These systems utilize a boiler to heat the specially treated water that is pumped through a series of PEX tubing.)

Traditional home heating systems use a series of vents and a blower. While standing over a vent in the winter time can be a nice way to warm up, unfortunately that comfort doesn’t spread evenly across the whole room or last very long. Most of the room can warm quickly, but it cools equally fast. The heated air blown from the vents rises to the ceiling and dissipates, abandoning the floors and lower levels of the home. This is known as stratification – a situation where the top levels of a room are warm and the lower levels are colder, oftentimes by as much as 10 degrees. The cooler temperatures at “knee level” are especially uncomfortable for children who spend a lot of time playing on the floor.

Heated tile floor

Most forced air heating systems use natural gas to produce a flame that heats air. The warm air is then distributed throughout the house through a series of conduits. Some ducts may run through cold basements, causing heat loss in the air being blown from the furnace. In addition to the air cooling slightly as it travels through the house, warm air can also escape wherever there are small openings in the ducts and closed vents. When combined with stratification the inefficiency of forced air heating systems becomes glaringly apparent. Simply put, transferring heat through the air is not an energy efficient solution.

Recognizing the lack of sustained warmth and cooler temperatures at lower levels in the rooms, most parents frequently bump up the thermostat to blow more warm air from the vents. This eventually raises the temperature, but significantly raises the monthly heating bill as well. There’s no escaping the fact that a great deal of heat loss occurs with traditional blower systems. And though vents in some rooms can be closed in an effort to drive more heat to occupied rooms, hot air continues to escape, whistling from the closed vents. When the thermostat is cranked high enough the environment can be warmed, but forced air systems are notorious for heat loss and wasted energy.

Unlike transferring heat through the air, radiant heat warms a surface directly by expanding out from the heat source. This is the most efficient form of energy transfer. Heat radiates through objects via infrared radiation, warming objects and people in the room.

Radiant heat systems offer a significantly more efficient means for heating homes and businesses. In addition to being at least 30 percent more efficient, the floor heating systems provide an even, continuous level of warmth. And since radiant heat originates at the floor, you’ll enjoy the natural benefits of heat rising, minimizing heat loss due to dissipation.

Installing floor heating cable mats

Both electric and hydronic floor heating systems are available. Most electric radiant floor heating systems utilize a network of resistance heating cable that is installed under the floor surface. Because there are no moving parts with electric heated floors, the systems are maintenance free. Warmzone offers a wide variety of electric floor heating systems, including ComfortTile heat cable, Prodeso® floor heating systems, FloorHeat STEP low-voltage systems, In-Slab heating, FoilHeat, and FilmHeat/RetroHeat, which is used for both new construction applications and retrofitting existing floors with radiant heat. Visit our Floor Heating Systems Overview webpage.

Hydronic floor heating systems with RAUPANELs utilize an efficient boiler to heat specially treated water that is then circulated through a closed loop of PEX tubing by a series of pumps. Hydronic systems require a special ‘mechanical room’ for the equipment. Because hydronic radiant heat systems can operate on natural gas or other fuel, the operational costs may be lower than those of its electric counterpart. But both electric and hydronic systems offer the luxurious and energy efficient benefits of radiant heat.

March News – Warmzone Prodeso Floor Heating Systems

Advances in tile manufacturing in the past few decades have improved the quality and choices available to consumers. New colors, new materials, larger format, thinner tiles and digital printing have all contributed to a steady growth of the use of tile as a surface. When compared to other flooring options such as carpeting and wood floors, ceramic tiles are normally preferred because they are easy to clean, resilient, and hygienic. Unfortunately ceramic tile and natural stone, if not installed properly, are subject to cracking, delaminating, and are cold to the touch. Use of electrical floor heating can minimize the cold, but can submit the tile assembly to additional stress that can lead to cracking and delaminating.

Traditionally most electric floor heating, and anti-fracturing membrane manufacturers have recommended covering the electrical heating cables with a self-leveling cement layer or a thin-set layer followed by an uncoupling crack isolating membrane and then finally installing the tiles. This process needlessly increases time, difficulty, thickness, height differentials, weight, and cost of the overall installation.

Prodeso floor heating membrane

In keeping with our commitment to offering the finest and latest radiant heat technologies, Warmzone announces the offering of Prodeso® membrane floor heating systems. The Prodeso membrane is a polypropylene uncoupling, crack isolation, waterproofing membrane, with rounded square shaped reliefs. These reliefs form channels specially designed to embed and hold the ComfortTile heat cable – and is an excellent choice for heating tile floors.

ComfortTile floor heating mat, cable and thermostat

The heat membrane features a polypropylene thermo welded woven underneath to increase the bond between the subfloor and the membrane, and comes in rolls that can be laid out directly over the subfloor prior to the ceramic tile or other floor surface being installed. The design of the membrane provides an innovative uncoupling and waterproofing system for heating floors and other surfaces without movement or expansion joints in the screed.

Simplifying the installation process, the uncoupling membrane is laid directly over the entire surface intended for the installation. The electric heating cable can then be installed in the channels formed between the rounded square reliefs of the patented membrane, resulting in quick, easy, and accurate cable placement. It is NOT necessary to use self-leveling cement to cover and protect the heat cable before starting a tile installation. This results in significant savings of material, time, cost and overall weight. The floor surface can be immediately installed over the membrane and cable.

The membrane is versatile and can be used on all types of indoor and outdoor applications. And the Prodeso system is safe under all conditions and weather, and can be used to heat a wide variety of floor surfaces. It even waterproofs the substrate in the case of overlaying on cracked or imperfectly cured floors with a risk of vapor stress.

Some Benefits of Warmzone Prodeso

Warmzone’s Prodeso® Heat System combines the benefit of an underlayment membrane with the comfort and convenience of electrical floor heating.

The Prodeso Heat Membrane can be installed over the entire subfloor as an uncoupling, crack isolating and waterproofing membrane.

Prodeso floor heating membrane
Prodeso radiant floor heating membrane and cable shown installed on cement base slab to heat a tile floor.
  • The innovative and patented Prodeso® heat system is a time saving, cost effective system to install a warm and comforting floor.
  • The floor heating cable is then installed in the channels of the membrane, ensuring quick and accurate cable placement.
  • Once the heat cable is installed you can begin installing the flooring immediately; no waiting is necessary. This allows you to install an underlayment membrane, the floor heat and tile (or other surface) all in the same day.
  • The Prodeso heat system will add only 5.5mm to your overall installation. That’s less than a ¼ inch, which is considerably less than many other leading systems.
  • There is virtually no heat loss, making this floor heating system extremely effective and energy efficient.
  • The patented Prodeso heat system allows you to have the comfort and convenience of under floor electrical radiant heating at an affordable cost.
  • Prodeso heat system thermostat allows you to program and control your floor heat cycles to accommodate your schedule, optimizing comfort and minimizing operating costs. The system gives you the pleasure of under floor heat where you want it, when you want it.
  • The Prodeso heat system is an easy to install floor heating solution, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

ComfortTile Heat Cable

To ensure the maximum benefit from your Prodeso floor heating membrane, it is recommended to use ComfortTile floor heating cable. ComfortTile heat cable is a premium, proven heat cable that is used for a wide range of radiant floor heating applications. The quality manufacturing is evidenced by the twin conductor heating cable that is matched with premium materials, enabling the ComfortTile heat cable to withstand the harshest conditions while providing superior floor heating performance and fast response times. The heat cable is only about 1/8 of an inch in diameter, and can be quickly and easily placed in the channels of the Prodeso membrane.

So Happy We Invested in Radiant Heated Floors

Solution: RetroHeat Floor Heating System

I just wanted to let you know how our living room/dining room retrofit with radiant under floor heat went.  The RetroHeat system has been wonderful.  Of course, we are out of the cold season now, but it totally changed the ambiance in our living room/dining room.  The floor was warm and  the room was warmer and we are so happy we made the investment in doing this.  And it is not even our main source of heat, but it has been so inexpensive to operate and makes the living space so comfortable.

RetroHeat floor heating systems can be installed to heat existing floors

I want to thank you so much for hanging in there with us thru the design and all the little things that are bound to happen with an installation like this.  You were always so quick to get back to me/us, and so helpful in getting the glitches get worked out when they happened.

I cannot recommend you, Warmzone and the product too highly.  We would do it again in a heartbeat.  Thanks so much!

Your very satisfied and grateful customer,

Betsy W.

Heated Floors – Radiant Heat for any Surface

Considering an electric radiant heated floor system for your home? Let Warmzone be your “go to” for solid solutions to your heating needs. Warmzone offers a wide variety of heating systems that are flexible enough to be installed under just about any type of surface.

Heated tile floor

Basically there are two types of radiant heathydronic and electric, and certainly Warmzone can handle the installation of both. Electric radiant heat systems feature rapid response times, easy installation at a cost most homeowners are comfortable with. And it just so happens that Warmzone carries a full line of products perfect for a variety of electric radiant heated floor applications and a variety of surfaces:

ComfortTile cable is less than ¼ of an inch in thickness and is installed in thinset so there is no floor buildup. With a durable, stainless steel braid covering, the cable is perfect right off the spool for custom shaped flooring projects involving tile, marble and slate surfaces, among others. The cable also comes pre-configured in mats that are low-profile for ease of installation.

HeatShield floor heating insulation panels are perfect for laminate or wood flooring applications. The ½-inch thick panels feature polstyrene insulation that is covered with a thin, specially profiled aluminum.  Their construction creates excellent downward insulation and optimizes upward heat distribution for reduced energy consumption. Installation is simple. Just lay panels on the existing floor, press cable into grooves provided and place wooden laminate floor on top.

Warmzone FloorHeat is a low-voltage, self-regulating heating element that operates efficiently and enjoys a long life by design. Like HeatShield panels, this heating element is thin, requires no floor buildup and can be easily secured to the subfloor with adhesive, staples or pegs. Panels can be cut to length on site and installed under most floor coverings, including tile, stone, resilient, laminate, hardwood and carpet, making for easy installation under a variety of surfaces.

And for those concerned about the invasive nature of radiant floor heat, there’s RetroHeat radiant heat elements that can be retrofitted to existing floors with minimal effort between floor joists to efficiently heat your floors. Heat panels are available for joists with 12, 16 and 24-inch spacing and can be cut on site, so they’re easy to work with for a contractor or do-it-yourselfer.

With so many choices there’s bound to be a solution from Warmzone to fit your budget and project requirements. Give them a call today to find out how Warmzone can help you find the perfect radiant heated flooring solution for you at 888.488.9276.

ClearZone Radiant Snow Melting Systems: The Perfect Fit for Your Driveway

Warmzone offers several high quality heated driveway and radiant snow melting systems available for both commercial and residential applications. Among their most popular products you’ll find ClearZone cable, a trusted, popular snow and ice melting solution among homeowners and professional builders alike, and a great solution for snow removal during the cold winter months.

Snow melting system installed under pavers

ClearZone electric snowmelt cable is incredibly energy efficient, fully automated, maintenance free and easy to install. Plus, it’s readily customizable to meet the needs of just about any project, including retrofitting existing driveways. That’s because ClearZone snow heat cable can be purchased on the spool in a form that’s durable, versatile and easily configured for use in a variety of applications. This trusted, popular snow melting solution allows for greater flexibility so it’s good for custom layouts, or for use in large snow melting jobs and unconventionally shaped areas.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or contractor with limited experience in radiant heat installation, it may be more beneficial to choose ClearZone Radiant Snow Melting Mats. They’re basically ClearZone heat cable pre-spaced in mats to create a convenient, versatile design. The heat cable is pre-spaced and attached to a durable backing for proper cable spacing and easy “roll-out” installation. The backing can be cut on site so mats can be installed around corners and odd layouts.

ClearZone cable is also designed for installation under a variety of applications, from new concrete pours to paver stones. Whether pre-configured or right off the spool, it can easily withstand the hot temperatures of new asphalt construction jobs and installation is easy. Asphalt is spread directly over the rugged ClearZone heat cable and then compacted. Embedded, fully automated ClearZone radiant heat snow melting provides a discreet, reliable snowmelt solution for your driveway or sidewalks.

For heated stone or brick paver driveways and sidewalks, the cable is laid out in the bedding material of the driveway or sidewalk to be heated before a bed of sand is applied. The pavers can then be directly placed over the new heat cable.

Heated driveway in Idaho

If you’re current plans don’t involve a new driveway, Warmzone has the expertise to retrofit a system for you inexpensively. ClearZone radiant heat cable can be easily laid over existing asphalt and secured using clips and nails, followed by a few shovels of new asphalt. The good news–the cable only requires a ½ inch of asphalt, a minimal amount (when you consider the cost of an entirely new driveway) to operate properly and provide quick, efficient, effective snow removal.

A ClearZone snow melting system can also be installed in existing driveways using saw-cut technology. Grooves are cut into the existing concrete or asphalt to allow for a proper retrofit. The cable is laid into the grooves and then sealed with an epoxy topcoat (for asphalt, an additional layer of asphalt is added).

To learn more about ClearZone snow melting cable, contact Warmzone at 888.488.9276 or go to www.warmzone.com.

Radiant Floor Heating Systems take New York by Storm

Many New York City area homeowners have turned to radiant heated floors for use as their primary home heating source or to supplement their existing home heating system. In addition to providing luxurious warmth, the energy efficiency and silent, maintenance-free operation of radiant heat has attracted homeowners throughout the tri-state area. As owners of radiant floor heating systems have attested, nothing is finer than walking on warm floors during a cold winter day.

Warmzone offers a variety of electric radiant floor heating systems, as well as hydronic heated floors for homeowners and businesses alike. And because Warmzone manufactures and carries the industry’s most trusted floor heating systems, consultants can evaluate the customers’ needs and determine the best system for heating each specific floor type. Warmzone’s selection helps to ensure that customers receive the most effective floor heating system for the unique layout and type of flooring in their home.

While there are some standout radiant floor heating systems, it is important to know that no single floor heating system is ideal for every type of flooring. So avoid any radiant heat provider that makes such a claim. It’s critical to speak with an unbiased radiant heating expert who can offer you a wide selection of reputable floor heating options to choose from – without bias towards one system. Don’t be talked into purchasing a floor heating system simply because it’s the only system that the provider offers. Deal with an industry leader that can show you a wide selection of radiant floor heating solutions and explain the benefits and traits of each one.

Radiant heated floors are commonly installed in bathrooms and rooms where small children spend a majority of their time on the floor. Heating homes from the floor up results in greater efficiency and comfort. As such, homeowners in New York City and throughout the tri-state area are turning to radiant heat to optimize their home heating options.

Heating Tile Floors
The most proven system for heating tile floors is the ComfortTile floor heating system. ComfortTile features thin 1/8 to 3/16-inch diameter heat cable that is available on spools or pre-spaced on flexible fiberglass mesh backing with adhesive so it can be rolled out and then secured to the subfloor for easy installation. (See the photo below.) ComfortTile heat cable is also one of the most versatile floor heating systems.

Heating mats being installed to heat a bathroom floor
ComfortTile floor heating mats being installed for a heated bathroom floor.

ComfortTile heat cable can also be used in conjunction with the HeatShield floor heating insulation panels. HeatShield features ½-inch thick, lightweight polystyrene insulation panels covered with thin, specially profiled aluminum to reflect all the heat upwards to the floor. ComfortTile heating cable is inserted into the grooves of the HeatShield panels.

Placing heat cable in the grooves of a HeatShield floor heating insulation panel
ComfortTile heat cable shown being placed in the grooves provided of a HeatShield floor heating insulation panel.

Heating Hardwood and Laminate Floors
Many homes in New York feature hardwood or laminate flooring. Warmzone offers several choices for heating hardwood and laminate, but the most popular solution is the low-voltage FloorHeat STEP system.

This unique floor heating system features a self-regulating, semi-conductive polyethylene heating element. Because the flexible heating element is so thin, it won’t affect the floor buildup, weight loads, or your choice of flooring. (Learn more about heating hardwood floors. or read our tips for Installing Heated Floors.)

Heated hardwood floor
Heated hardwood floor. The Warmzone radiant floor heating system operates quietly and efficiently beneath the beautiful hardwood floor.

(The unique attributes of FloorHeat STEP make this versatile polymer heating element a popular choice for heating roofs as well. RoofHeat STEP is one of the most trusted roof heating systems available.)

Heating Concrete Underfloor Slabs
The In-Slab radiant floor heating cable is designed for installation in new concrete slab applications. The heat cable is embedded at least ½-inch below the floor’s surface. In-Slab cable uses the concrete slab to efficiently store and distribute heat evenly throughout the intended area. The cable is affordable and can be installed to warm any type of flooring, including hardwood, carpet, tile, and more.

Heating Existing Floors
Warmzone also carries RetroHeat, a thin “film” heating element that can be stapled up between floor joists to heat existing floors. The paper-thin heating element can be cut on site and is then stapled up between the floor joists and common Batt insulation is then installed over the heating panel. This directs all the heat upwards to warm the existing floor.

These are just some of the choices New York residents have to heat their floors. Whether you’re looking to heat carpet, tile, marble, hardwood or any other type of floor, you won’t go wrong dealing with Warmzone.

In addition to Warmzone’s industry leading products, Warmzone provides unparalleled customer services, which include professional system design, free installation training, and personal, expert installation support. Call a radiant heat professional today at 888.488.9276 to discuss your floor heating options.

What Makes the Best Heated Driveways?

Warmzone Heated Driveways – The Industry’s Top Snow Melting Systems from top to Bottom

What are heated driveways and how are they installed? How do snow melting systems work, and do they require any maintenance? How versatile are heated driveways in terms of custom installations and different mediums?

Radiant heated driveway in Colorado.

Heated driveways utilize radiant heat through a series of heating elements embedded in the driveway that warm the surface and prevent snow and ice buildup. The two basic types of radiant heat technologies are electric radiant heat and hydronic heat. Both technologies can be used in a variety of snowmelt applications, ranging from heated driveways, sidewalks and ramps to loading docks, bridges, and even on ship decks.

Warmzone electric heated driveways are maintenance free and fully automated. These snowmelt systems can be installed in virtually any typical medium, including concrete, asphalt and pavers.

Snow Melting System Components
Electric heated driveways utilize three major system components: The heating element, an activation device, and controller/control unit. What makes Warmzone snow melting systems an industry leader is the uncompromising quality of each component.

The Heating Element
Warmzone’s ClearZone heat cable is a rugged, industry recognized cable that is easy to customize and install. The cable can withstand the stress of fresh concrete pours as well as the extreme temperature of hot asphalt installations. The ClearZone cable is UL listed and consists of a twin conductor with FEP/XLPE insulation, polyolefin jacketing (providing flexibility and UV protection). The heat cable is rated at 220°F and has a minimum 10-year warranty. Given its durability and reliability, ClearZone heat cable is a favorite among construction professionals.

The Activation Device
Warmzone snow melting systems use either an aerial-mount or pavement-mount activation device (snow sensor). When the snow sensor detects precipitation and temperatures are below a set point (usually 39°F), it signals the controller to activate the system. Warmzone offers several types of snow sensors to meet the specific demands of your project. The aerial snow sensors feature adjustable temperature trigger points, adjustable delay off cycles, and upgradeable remote activation. The activation device is also smart system compatible.

The pavement-mounted snow sensor is mounted directly in the driveway or sidewalk being heated. These sensors are typically used in large commercial applications, while most residential snow melting systems feature an aerial-mount activation device.

Master Controller
The Warmzone snowmelt control unit used with the pavement mount snow sensors are small, NEMA 1, wall-mounted control panels. These efficient controllers are approximately 6×3.5 inches. The units have even been designed so that they can be controlled from an external signal (day/week timer, GSM-module or other signal source). The compact snow melting control unit can be switched on/off (standby) and the heating system can be manually turned on in case wind causes snow drifts or ice forms in the shade.

Contact a radiant heat professional at Warmzone today (888.488.9276). Warmzone also offers free installation training. For more information about our training courses, call us at 801.948.7545.

The Ultimate Thermostat for Radiant Floor Heating

Warmzone’s Touch Thermostat for Radiant Heated Floors
Warmzone offers a wide variety of floor heating solutions. Unlike many providers, Warmzone manufactures its own premier products and carries industry leading solutions from other top manufacturers. In addition to providing premier floor heating elements, Warmzone also offers the most reputable system controllers and thermostats, including the latest, state-of-the-art WIFI Touch Thermostat.
THERMOSTAT FEATURES
• Sleek design and intuitive control designed for easy installation.
• 3.5-inch color screen with easy interactive touch control
• New easy scheduling method and even easier on the fly changes
• Track power consumption and save it to a PC with a few simple steps
Thermostat settings can be exported to web page for support
• Universal compatibility with existing floor heating sensors.
• Suitable for tile, stone, laminate, concrete and wooden floor
• 5-year battery backup of clock and calendar

Radiant floor heating thermostat

Smart Interaction
Thermostat use based on a touch color screen is smart and easy. An entire screen is designed for every action, and therefore programming, schedule override or setting up becomes much easier for both installer and end user.

Smooth Programming
Thermostat programming is now based on 6-event days copying one day schedule to any other day with a single operation. Any schedule override is just a touch away – until the next event, for a number of hours or days, in the future, or until next time you change your mind. The thermostat is delivered with a default schedule.

Power Logging
Follow the thermostat power consumption in the energy log. Logging of the last 24 hours is saved in high resolution, but logging history is also stored in the thermostat. Power logging is easily stored to your computer by use of our QR technology.

QR Code Provides Revolutionary Support
The thermostat settings and energy log can be monitored on any device with web access. Just scan the QR code from the thermostat and view the data on a web site. The new, smart and interactive manual details what you can do with the thermostat. The QR code can also be forwarded to a supporter, shortening downtime used on “what is” explanations and jumping directly to “what to do” time.

Easy Installation
Connect the wires, turn on the power and follow the wizard. There is no need to remember special settings, the thermostat pre-sets the installer wizard and the user wizard ensures a fast and smooth process. Thus, no unintended heating before you are ready.

Control the Power
By default, the thermostat controls ambient temperature and protects the floor from overheating. The default floor sensor can be replaced by any floor sensor. The floor protection fits laminate/wood, tile and concrete for whenever lower maximum temperature is required. You can conveniently program the heat to turn on and off at specific times to accommodate your schedule.

Call Warmzone today and install your system with confidence.
To learn more, call 888.488.9276 today.

 

FloorHeat Radiant Floor Heating Systems

Home Improvement Project you can Truly Build On

FloorHeat floor heating systems are a home improvement project you can truly build on. As you would expect from Warmzone, they are an excellent radiant heating product you can use to heat select rooms or your entire home if you choose. So you can tackle your radiant heating needs, a room at a time if you need to, without disrupting your home or your lifestyle—not such an easy accomplishment with many home improvement projects.

Radiant floor heating systems are a terrific way to build your equity in your home along with some cutting edge, green technology. FloorHeat floor heating systems run on sustainable energy and can be easily integrated with existing wind or solar power. Plus radiant heat technology is equally soft on your home environment. There are no vents to clean, no dirty air circulating through your home, and no fossil fuels to burn. By nature, FloorHeat floor heating systems are clean, silent and virtually maintenance free, compared to traditional forced air systems.

Low-voltage floor heating system being installed

Because the heating element is self-regulating and installed directly under the floor surface, FloorHeat floor heating systems can be decidedly more efficient (up to 30 percent more) than other electric and hydronic systems, and up to 60 percent more efficient than conventional forced air systems. They’re quite conservative, only drawing the energy required to maintain your home’s ideal temperature, so they’re a very efficient choice for home heating.

FloorHeat semi-conductive polymer heating elements can be used for a wide variety of heating applications. This flexible, thin heating element features an extremely low profile that does not affect floor buildup, weight loads, or flooring choices, circumstances potentially complicating your project. And it can be safely cut to size on the work site for a variety of applications, from the straightforward to oddly-sized/shaped areas. And FloorHeat heating elements can be placed directly under any non-conductive floor covering, from carpet, to ceramic tile, hardwood and slate for safe, even and efficient heat distribution.

FloorHeat is a great low-voltage product that can be easily installed under existing floors by accessing the floor joists from below. Available in 9- and 12-inch widths, the polymer heating element can be stapled and nailed through for easy installation. Once the layout is determined, you’re essentially a few easy steps away from radiant heated flooring in you home. Simply cut the element to appropriate length, make the electrical connections, and run the wires to the terminal board(s) and transformer. (It is important to have an electrician perform all the system wiring to ensure the warranty is valid.) Then secure the elements to the subfloor with adhesive, staples, or pegs and cover to trade practices and then place insulation to help direct the heat efficiently upwards to the floor.

With Warmzone’s help, an ambitious do-it-yourselfer can install a FloorHeat radiant heated floor system with ease. Warmzone will provide a detailed system layout as well as expert installation support. You are never alone when you work with Warmzone. In addition to industry leading customer service, Warmzone also provides a wealth of documentation on Warmzone.com, including: manuals, technical guides, illustrations, informative articles and an extensive FAQ section. Unlike many radiant heat system providers, Warmzone provides complete, professional radiant heat services, including detailed layouts with each system, and installation support.

Before you shop anywhere else, why not get expert advice from the radiant heat specialists in the business to use as a baseline? In terms of products, services, support and price, you’ll be pressed to find any radiant heat specialists as competitive as Warmzone. Visit www.warmzone.com or call 888.488.9276 to find out more about FloorHeat radiant heated floor systems, along with all of the other great radiant heat products Warmzone offers.

ClearZone Heated Driveways

The Convenience of Fully Automated Snow Melting

Say goodbye to your snow shovel. Forget about that expensive snow removal service. A ClearZone heated driveway is a great way to stay ahead of inclement weather. With a radiant heated snow melting system, you’ll never have to worry about timing. Energy-efficient ClearZone systems are fully automated, maintenance free, easy to install and can be customized to meet the needs of just about any driveway or budget.

Paver heated sidewalk

Electric heated driveways use a high-tech snow sensor that signals the system’s controller to activate the radiant snow melting system when it detects precipitation and temperatures are below a set point (usually 39 degrees Fahrenheit). System response times are fast. Once activated, the electric heating cables generate instant heat to prevent snow and ice accumulation before it happens, keeping driveways and walkways clear and dry. Imagine waking up the morning after a snow storm to a clear, dry walkway and driveway. With an automated radiant heated driveway, it’s possible to see pavement all winter long, regardless of the conditions!
ClearZone’s super snow-clearing power renders the task of planning for snow removal obsolete. While there is a cost for the initial installation, it’s relatively insignificant when you compare it to the dollars you’ll save when you permanently dismiss your snow removal service. There are no contracts to sign, no flat fees, no wasted dollars and low returns during mild winters. Fully-automated electric radiant heat systems activate only when the conditions for snow are present, so you only pay for the resources (electricity) you need, when you need them. No more waiting for your service to show up, or stooping to shovel snow.

Best of all, you don’t need to build a new home to enjoy the convenience of radiant heat during the winter months. ClearZone radiant heat solutions are fully customizable to fit your requirements, and your budget. Some customers choose to install ClearZone radiant heating cable under the entire paved surfaces of their sidewalks and driveways to keep them free and clear from snow. Others choose to heat tire tracks or an 8-foot strip in the center of their driveway. ClearZone systems are also commonly installed in sidewalks, patios and steps, and other well-traveled areas around the outside of homes and businesses. The cable works equally well in new concrete pours, asphalt, pea gravel and stone pavers, and can even be retrofitted to your existing driveway and walkways, without compromising performance.

Warmzone snow melting systems include installation support and complete system design/layout services. Free installation training courses are also offered by Warmzone. Installers can complete courses on site at Warmzone’s corporate office or online.

When it comes to snow removal, you really can’t go wrong with ClearZone snow melting systems. Using top-of-the-line components and manufacturer warranties and backed by industry leading system design and customer service, Warmzone snow melting systems are the clear favorite for homeowners and builders alike.

Warmzone is a trusted, leading provider of radiant heated floors for commercial and residential applications. To find out more about Warmzone products, design services and customer support, contact Warmzone at 888.488.9276 or visit www.warmzone.com.

ComfortTile Floor Heating Cable

Add Luxurious Warmth to Your Home with an Energy Efficient ComfortTile Heated Floor

Combat Soggy-Sock Syndrome in Your Foyer this Winter

A ComfortTile radiant heated floor is a proven, energy-efficient way to stay one step ahead of winter. Most of us have battled soggy sock syndrome during the winter months (you know, the phenomenon that happens when you take your wet boots off at the door), but there’s a sure way to overcome this inconvenient winter mainstay. With a ComfortTile floor heating system warming up your entryway, your feet are more likely to stay dry and warm after you un-boot. These systems consist of thermostat-controlled heating cables under the surface of the floor to provide safe, evenly distributed heat. Because heat radiates up from the floor, radiant floor heat is a highly efficient means for combating cold winter temperatures.

ComfortTile floor heating mat and thermostat

ComfortTile electric radiant floor heating systems consist of thin heating cables that can be easily installed under virtually all types of floor surfaces to provide comfortable, even floor heat. A fully-programmable thermostat communicates with the heat cables to quickly and efficiently deliver heat to each zone or room as you see fit. There’s no wasted energy. Save money by heating only the
specific areas you need. Because there is no noisy blower and heating ducts or vents, ComfortTile radiant heated floors silently heats your home without stirring up dust and allergens. Radiant
heat is clean, quiet and used renewable energy.

ComfortTile floor heating mat and thermostat. ComfortTile is available in mats or on spools. The mats include a thin heating cable that’s pre-spaced on an adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh for easy installation. They are pre-terminated for use with 120 and 240 volts, heat an area two feet wide, and are available in a variety of lengths. For greater flexibility heating odd shaped rooms and areas, ComfortTile heat cable is available off spools. ComfortTile features a rapid response time and is suitable for heating tile, linoleum, wood, laminates and even carpeted flooring.

Having been in an environment that relies on radiant floor heat for providing warmth, I’ve seen and felt its effectiveness first hand. My young boy’s environmentally conscious school recently installed, radiant heated floors, and its effects are impressive. I’m particularly attuned to the performance of the heated floors because I work there in the evening. As fast as I can mop, these floors are drying directly behind me.

During winters, as snow accumulates, it’s not uncommon to see a dozen or so snow ensembles such as hats, gloves, coats and snow pants laid out on the school’s heated floor to dry. Despite the abundance of little wet feet, there’s little time for melted snow puddles to accumulate in this environment.

Imagine harnessing this same heating power in your home! Using ComfortTile to heat foyers and entryways is a great way to combat the tracking of ice and snow into your home. Radiant heat not only provides a little extra assurance beyond the welcome mat by providing comfortable warmth, but enhances safety by helping to eliminate slick wet spots that are typical during winters.

Warmzone is a trusted, leading provider of radiant heated floors for commercial and residential applications. To find out more about Warmzone products, design services and customer support, contact Warmzone at 888.488.9276 or visit www.warmzone.com.

Self-Regulating Heat Cable

Self-reg Cable for Roof Deicing and Pipe Trace Solutions

Self-regulating gutter trace heat cable is extremely effective and energy efficient thanks to its unique construction. The cable is comprised of a rugged, durable outer jacket surrounding an irradiated conductive core that increases the heat output as outside temperatures fall, and decreases output as temperatures rise. This construction also makes RoofHeat radiant heat cable incredibly resilient in the toughest conditions. The superior outer jacket allows provides greater flexibility and can be mounted to heat roof edged as well as in gutters and downspouts to facilitate runoff.

Self-regulating heat cableWarmzone roof deicing and gutter trace systems are fully automated and easy to customize. Warmzone roof heating experts will provide a comprehensive system design/layout as well as installation support and even free installation training if you choose. In addition to the self-regulating heat cable, Warmzone roof deicing systems include a snow/temperature sensor and thermostat or controller. Warmzone radiant heat professionals work closely with you to determine the best solution to meet your snow melting needs, power requirements and budget.

Heating your roof edges is a great way to protect your home from the water damage caused by ice dams. When warmer air escapes from your attic, it can melt the snow on your roof, causing it to run down towards the edges. However, the water refreezes when it reaches the eaves, and as this process is repeated over time, ice dams form, causing pools of water to backup behind the ice where
it can eventually damage your roofing and seep into your home, causing expensive water damage. Ice dams can also be responsible for causing structural decay and rot, or mold and mildew formation in the attic and on walls.

Heated roof edgeHeavy icicles can strain gutters and damage the support pins. No matter how you look at it, damage from roof ice and snow can be costly. A few well placed heat trace cables along your roof’s edge and in gutters and downspouts can serve as an excellent investment in your home. Contact a roof heating expert and learn more about the many roof deicing options that are available.

Self-regulating heat cable is also the ideal solution for pipe tracing and pipe freeze protection. Warmzone carries a variety of self-regulating heat cable for industrial, commercial and residential
heat trace applications. Warmzone designers are happy to talk with you to discuss the solutions that can best serve your needs. There’s no obligation, so call 888.488.9276 today.

Warmzone Slab Heating Cable

Warmzone’s In-Slab Floor Heating Cable is Tops in Efficiency

If you’re looking for a way to efficiently, effectively heat concrete floors, In-slab radiant heat cable is much less expensive than hydronic radiant heat and much more effective. Designed for installation in new concrete slab applications, this cable can heat a variety of surfaces quickly, from carpet to tile, hardwood and more.

By its very nature, in-slab heat systems require less upfront investment, are much easier to install and feature much quicker response times. Consider hydronic systems–they’ve been around the longest, and are definitely a reliable source of heat. However, these systems rely on a boiler and a network of pex tubing to heat concrete surfaces, making their installation and configuration much more labor and cash intensive. A boiler is also required to heat the water first, before pumping it through a series of pex tubes embedded in the concrete, resulting in a significant pause before the water is warm enough to generate any heat.

Radiant heated floor and roll of In-Slab floor heating cable

Conversely, In-slab radiant heat cables are controlled by a technologically advanced, easy-to-used thermostat with a built in GFCI and an in-floor sensor. And radiant heat cables do not share the same rigidity in design and installation as hydronic Pex tubing does. Extremely bendable, electric radiant heating cable can be bent to fit into tight spots and can be installed to fit the most challenging spaces. Once installed, a turn (or pre-programming) of the thermostat dial allows the system to generate heat within just a few minutes.

Durable, rugged and waterproof, In-slab heating cable is designed to work under a variety of surfaces, wet or dry. The cable produces 10-15 watts per square foot of concrete surface, making it equally perfect for small, custom, residential applications and large commercial jobs. Quick activation times and heat storage within the concrete slab also end up saving you money in the long run. The In-Slab heating system is one of the most efficient floor heating systems available.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, choosing electric radiant heat over a hydronic system can also save you some hand-wringing and a few bucks to boot. Laying out of series of Pex tubing for a hydronic system requires some serious planning and coordination as the pipes are assembled, connected and sealed. In addition to In-Slab heat cable that is provided on spools, floor heating cable is also available in easy-to-roll-out mats that can be installed directly under the flooring. Visit Warmzone’s ComfortTile floor heating web pages to learn more about this electric radiant heat cable that can be purchased right off of the spool or in pre-configured mats. It’s another industry leading floor heating solution that can be used to heat a variety of floor surfaces.

Contemplating an electric radiant floor heating system? Be sure to contact Warmzone for more information on the benefits of In-slab and ComfortTile radiant heat cable at 888.488.9276.

Warmzone’s Professional System Design Services are Second to None

Heated floors and heated driveways can take a very little time to coordinate and install with the right company behind you. Warmzone can take all of the guesswork out of your installation with one simple phone call, so you can get back to boating or barbecuing. What makes Warmzone your best bet for radiant heat installation? They offer a vast selection of premiere products at very competitive prices, along with deep industry knowledge, allowing them to quickly assess your needs to deliver the perfection radiant heat system for you.

Professional radiant heat system design

In addition to offering the highest quality radiant heat products, you’ll get unmatched customer service and complete design and engineering services. Unlike your typical big box one-size-fits-all solutions, Warmzone custom designs radiant heated driveways, heated floors, and roof deicing systems to ensure they meet each project’s specific needs. Warmzone understands that regardless of the quality of your system components, a radiant heating system is only as good as its installation. In addition to Warmzone’s personal installation support services, you’ll receive a computer-aided professional system design, giving you all of the specs, from power needs to performance expectations including load calculations, and breaker sizes.

Warmzone’s complementary engineering and design services have set the industry’s gold standard when it comes to accurate, professional system layouts. These technical drawings minimize any issues you may encounter by providing you with all the necessary information prior to any installation taking place. This saves you the time and helps to ensure that your system is installed correctly and performing as advertised.

No matter what your requirements, Warmzone has the experience and expertise to deliver whatever you dare to dream up, whether it be a basic design or custom patio, walkway and steps scribbled on a cocktail napkin over lunch. If you’re not sure what the best solution for your project is, Warmzone can show you the many custom options that are available and walk you through the process from conception to completion. With free quote services, they’re often a good place to start your research, and often the logical place most consumers return to after they’ve shopped around. Warmzone’s dedicated installation support personnel are available to assist you should you have any questions during the installation process. Warmzone also offers free installation training for installers. You won’t find a more dedicated, knowledgeable and helpful staff than that of Warmzone.

At Warmzone, competence and quality win the day, every time. For more information on Warmzone’s system design and engineering services, call888.488.9276.