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Custom Snow Melting Options

Snow melting systems are an efficient, reliable, and easy way to keep your home or business safe and snow free in the winter. Warmzone provides top-quality components that provide versatile options for any customer. With Warmzone, industry leading products like ClearZone snow melting systems can be used in almost any home or business application. Systems can be installed under almost any medium , whether it’s concrete, brick pavers, or even hot asphalt with special snow melting cable, making customization even easier.

Warmzone’s fully automated snow melting systems include a heating element, an activation device, and a contactor panel. These systems use the activation device to detect a set temperature or moisture, and then the contactor panel sends a signal to the embedded heat cable, which begins heating the driveway to ensure it remains free of snow and ice. ClearZone electric snowmelt cable is among the best in the industry, and is available on a roll or pre-spaced in mats. ClearZone cable is considered one of the best in the industry not just because of its versatility but its rugged durability, making it a great choice for customized projects.

Heated steps and entryway

One of the first areas people think about when installing a snow melting system is their driveway. There are many options when it comes to heating a driveway. You can heat an entire paved driveway or sidewalk, or have your snow melting system custom designed and tailored to your specifications. Heating an 8 foot strip in the middle of your driveway is an option if you prefer not to heat an entire area, or even have two 24-inch wide tire tracks installed. This is a popular option because of its affordability and low operation costs. Another option for those not wanting to heat an entire area is to simply heat trouble spots. Inclines or shaded areas, or areas where snow drifts tend to form may be ideal for a radiant snow melting system. Heating a high traffic area is also a great option for homes, whether that’s your front sidewalk, your entry stairs, or a specific area of a driveway.

Driveways aren’t the only place that electric snowmelt systems can be installed. Snow melting systems are a great investment for businesses owners. Radiant heat can be installed at outdoor malls to increase safety and keep business steady during cold winter months. Commercial sidewalks as well as entryways are also great places to install snow melting systems to protect customers from wet feet and slipping on ice. Warmzone’s snow melting systems have been installed in large commercial applications for businesses around the country.

Heated driveway with heated tire tracks

The level of customization that Warmzone’s snow melting systems offer makes them great for many other applications. State and federal government agencies trust Warmzone electric snow melt systems to keep their buildings warm and safe. Other agencies, such as metropolitan transit authorities also utilize the benefits of industry leading customization to heat train platforms as well as bus stops, enhancing safety for commuters every winter. Warmzone’s snow melting systems are also a great choice to prevent ice and snow buildup on pedestrian bridges and ramps, and are utilized by departments of transportation in states across the country.

With their versatility, Warmzone’s snow melting systems have also been used in unusual areas such as airports, or to provide safety by eliminating snow and ice on runaway truck ramps. Other unusual applications include industrial facilities or refineries. Whatever application your business has, a Warmzone snow melting system is a great option.

On top of state-of-the-art components and versatility, Warmzone’s snow melting systems also include industry leading customer service to help you design the perfect system for any home or business. An experienced system designer will help you design the perfect layout to accommodate your needs, using the best products, as well as provide real time installation support. Warmzone provides free installation training services as well, which ultimately saves you time and money in the long run. They’ll stand by you during every step of installation. Warmzone also maintains relationships with top rated installers throughout the country, so we may be able to recommend a trusted electrician and installer in your area. Warmzone specialists are happy to help you with any questions, and with industry leading system design services, each radiant heat system can be installed and working at peak efficiency in no time. Warmzone’s ability to customize each system also means that snow melting systems can be configured to meet any budget to ensure you receive exactly what you need at a price that you can afford.

If you still have questions about the many radiant heat options available at Warmzone, call us today at 888.488.9276.

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.

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.

Automated, Maintenance Free Snow Melting Systems

Turn Winter into a Wonderland with a Heated Driveway

As the first snowfall of winter’s 2019-2020 campaign begins to fall, it’s not uncommon to dream about owning a radiant heated driveway system. After all, who can blame you for wanting to wake up after a snowstorm and see a beautifully cleared driveway parting a sea of snow? Who can blame you for preferring to hold a hot cup of coffee in your hands rather than a cold snow shovel? Who can blame you for wanting to stay in your PJs and slippers instead of dressing up like you’re going to go skiing?

A warm mug of hot chocolate by the fire

A radiant snow melting system can give you new appreciation for winter’s beauty. Sure, a soft blanket of snow draped over a quiet neighborhood is pretty, but it’s downright gorgeous when that landscape includes a clear driveway leading to your garage. Yep, winter can be a beautiful time.

We can’t vouch for the commute, but with a heated driveway, you’ll not only create convenient access to and from your home, but you’ll enjoy a safer environment as well. Heated driveways are programmed to operate only when needed, but after the storm the systems remain on for a short period to dry the driveway. This prevents ice from forming, helping to enhance pedestrian safety.

For nearly two decades Warmzone has been providing homeowners and businesses with state-of-the-art snow melting systems. While the benefit of eliminating the need for manual snow removal is obvious, there are other, less obvious benefits of radiant heated driveways and sidewalks.

Electric snow melting systems are fully automated. The systems utilize an advanced snow sensor, either mounted aerially (usually unobstructed, near the roof line) or in the pavement being heated. The sensor detects the temperature and precipitation, so as the first snow begins to fall it sends a signal to the controller and power is sent to the heating elements embedded in the driveway. The surface is warmed to prevent any snow from building up.

These systems are also maintenance free. There is no need to change filters or monitor a boiler. (Just make sure the snow sensor remains clear so that it can detect snowfall.)

Radiant heat is inherently efficient. The efficiency and automated operation of these systems combine to make heated driveways and snow melting systems affordable.

Heated driveway with heated tire tracks

Electric snow melting systems are also very easy to customize. The systems can be tailored to not only meet your layout and snow melting needs, but also your budget. For example, instead of heating the entire driveway, you can heat an 8-foot path in the middle, or just install two heated tire tracks. Warmzone heat cable is available in mats that can be rolled out for quick, easy installation. Each mat heats an area 24-inches wide. Installing heated tire tracks is an effective and affordable solution for those on a budget. Call a radiant heat expert today to learn more about your many options (888.488.9276).

In addition to providing the most trusted systems and components, Warmzone also includes unparalleled customer services. These industry leading services include professional system design, free installation training and technical support during the installation.

The system design includes all the information necessary for the installer and electrician. Information provided includes proper layout and materials, load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc. This is the road map for the installation.

Installers can also take the free installation training course. The instructor will cover every aspect of your installation so you have the confidence to move forward with the install. If you encounter any issue during the installation, Warmzone radiant heat experts are just a phone call away. We’re happy to walk you through any issues during the installation.

When it comes to quality products and superior customer service, you won’t find a better company to work with. Call Warmzone today to learn more about your options, or to receive a free quote. Call us toll free at 888.488.9276.

 

Designing Radiant Heated Driveways

Warmzone Professionals Take Care of the Leg Work

Installing a driveway heating system represents a significant investment for homeowners. Although the benefits of a heated driveway are impressive, the thought of installing an automated snow melting system may seem somewhat overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Warmzone’s support services are the best in the industry, and we make the process of finding and installing the ideal radiant heat system easy for consumers.

Warmzone system designers are among the best. In addition to designing snow melting system for the specific demands and layout of each project, every snow melting system is also designed according to ASHRAE standards. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an organization committed to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Designing systems according to ASHRAE standards is important to homeowners because it means that their system is designed to perform according to the weather conditions specific to that area. This entails careful research of the weather for the region.

ASHRAE standards were established to address variances for consumers such as their location’s general climate, average snowfall, storm duration, low temperatures, and other important factors. The system design is then “optimized” so that it will perform best in the conditions common in that area. Designing systems according to ASHRAE standards is important to homeowners because it helps to protect them by ensuring that their system is designed to perform according to the weather conditions where they live. So, check with your provider and make sure that your snow melting system is designed not only to accommodate your budget, but in accordance with ASHRAE standards.

Warmzone has provided radiant snow melting systems for commercial and residential projects throughout the country, so our designers are experts who have designed systems for just about every application imaginable. From heated driveways and parking areas to runaway truck ramps, public transit stations, and outdoor malls, etc., we’ve seen it all.

Having experienced pros like Warmzone design your system helps to eliminate any surprises during the installation. Warmzone’s AutoCAD® layout also includes the proper layout and materials, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, and number of breakers, so your electrician will have all the necessary information before any of the installation takes place.

Custom Heated Driveway Options

There are many options for consumers looking when it comes to installing a heated driveway snow melting system. While the whole driveway can be heated, other popular options include heated tire tracks, or heating an 8-foot strip in the middle of the driveway. The heated tire tracks feature two 24-inch wide heated tracks. This not only reduces the cost of the initial investment, but provides a cheaper operating cost as well.

Electric snow melting systems are easy to customize. In addition to being designed to fit your driveway, walkways or steps, radiant heat can also be installed to heat troublesome areas such as inclines or parts of the driveway that are frequently shaded.

Warmzone also has a wide variety of floor heating systems to choose from. Unlike most providers that only offer one, or perhaps two different floor heating systems, Warmzone offers a vast selection of the industry’s most trusted radiant heat systems.

Warmzone heated floors range from the popular ComfortTile floor heating cable to the near paper-thin FilmHeat system. Other systems include FloorHeat’s thin, low-voltage polymer heating element, FoilHeat’s cable sandwiched between two sheets of specially reinforced aluminum foil, the Prodeso floor heating membrane, HeatShield floor heating insulation panels and more. We even carry the RetroHeat system that allows homeowners to install radiant heat under existing floors. The thin heating panels are stapled up between the floor joists and then batt insulation is installed to direct all of the heat upward to the floor. This is an effective and affordable solution for heating existing floors.

To learn more about the many radiant heat options that are available, contact Warmzone today at 888.488.9276.

Radiant Heated Driveway System Components

Warmzone Makes it Easy for Installers

There are many options when it comes to installing a driveway heating system. While radiant heated driveways can be installed to keep entire driveways clear of snow and ice, the systems can also be easily customized to meet the specific needs and layout of the customer.

Electric heated driveway systems are fully automated and maintenance free, and simple to customize. Radiant heat can be installed in troublesome areas, such as inclines or shaded areas that are prone to ice buildup during the winter. Or, instead of heating an entire driveway, two 24-inch wide tire tracks can be installed. This not only can reduce the initial investment cost, but also minimize the power requirements and operating costs. Although heated driveways are a popular option for many homeowners and businesses, homes with inclined driveways that spill into a busy street make radiant heat a virtual necessity. Fortunately, the layout options of these versatile systems are unlimited, allowing customers to tailor their radiant heating systems to best accommodate the snow melting needs as well as their budget.

The layout options of these versatile systems are virtually unlimited, allowing customers to tailor their radiant heating systems to best accommodate the snow melting needs as well as their budget. Heated driveways can be a popular, convenient option for many homeowners and businesses, but homes with inclined driveways that spill onto a busy street make automated snow melting a virtual necessity.

Heated driveway with brick pavers

Industry Leading Heated Driveway Components

Warmzone automated snow melting systems feature the industry’s most trusted and proven components. The fully automated systems include ClearZone heat cable, snow sensor (activation device), contactor panel (available with or without GFEP), and marker plate (as required by the NEC).

ClearZone Heat Cable

Warmzone’s snow melting heat cable is a proven industry leader that is being used in a variety of radiant snow melting systems throughout Northern America.  The ClearZone heating cable features superior workmanship and materials, and is UL listed. The twin-conductor, single-point connection heat cable is designed with FEP/XLPE insulation and polyolefin jacketing (for flexibility and UV protection), allowing the radiant heating system to consistently provide top performance during extreme winter conditions.

Coupled with Warmzone’s proven industry-leading customer support services and 10-year manufacturer warranty, the ClearZone snow melting system is designed and built to outperform all competing products. While ClearZone cable is rated at 220°F, a special version of ClearZone cable is also available for hot asphalt installations. The maximum external jacket temperature for asphalt applications is rated at 460°F (240°C) for up to 10 minutes.

Snow Sensor (Activation Device)

Warmzone carries the premier aerial-mount and in-ground snow sensors. The advanced aerial-mount snow sensor is capable of sensing temperature and precipitation. When precipitation is detected and the temperature is below the ‘trigger point’ (normally set at 39°F), the unit signals the snow melting system controller (contactor panel). Power is then sent to the heating cable embedded in the driveway, warming the surface and preventing any snow buildup.

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

Smart system compatible, the aerial snow sensor also features adjustable delay off cycle, and upgradeable remote activation, as well as the adjustable temperature set point.

The in-ground snow sensor is also optional for Warmzone snow melting systems. This activation device is more commonly used in large commercial snow melting applications, but can be used in residential systems if desired. The pavement-mounted sensor requires the small control unit rather than the contactor panel. The control unit is a small, NEMA 1, wall-mounted control panel, approximately 6×3.5 inches wide and about 3.5-inches tall. The unit can be controlled from an external signal (day/week timer, GSM-module or other signal source) and can be switched on/off (standby). The controller features a 4-hour timer that serves as a manual backup to melt snow drifts or ice that may have formed on the driveway due to wind or shade.

Contactor Panel

To save installers time and money, Warmzone offers contactor panels with and without built in ground fault equipment protection (GFEP).

With GFEP: The ground fault equipment protection helps to minimize the risk of faults and eliminate extra wiring installation steps and costs. The panel is activated by a Warmzone activation device (either an in-ground or aerial-mount sensor).

Without GFEP: The Warmzone contactor panels are designed for snow and ice melting applications. All panels are pre-wired and UL listed complete with a NEMA 4 enclosure, wiring diagram, terminal connection block, and two or four 3-pole contactors. Timer panels can be used stand alone or in conjunction with an automatic controller. Contactor panels must be used in conjunction with an automatic controller.

In addition to Warmzone’s industry leading system components, Warmzone provides unparalleled customer services, including free installation training, technical support, and system design and layout services. A vast online library of installation videos and product documentation is also available on Warmzone’s website. Contact Warmzone today for more information or to receive a free quote. Call 888.488.9276 today.

Radiant Heated Driveway Systems

The weather is warming up and so is the construction season. Perhaps now is the time to install a heated driveway or roof deicing system so you’re prepared for next winter.

Radiant heated driveways provide fully automated, maintenance free snow removal for your driveway and/or sidewalks. The systems are reliable and easy to customize to best suit your exact layout and snow melting needs.

Heated driveway in concrete

How Heated Driveways Work

Heated driveways rely on a network of heat cables embedded in the driveway medium. The cable can be installed to heat concrete, asphalt or paver driveways. (Hydronic systems utilize Pex tubing, whereby specially treated hot water is circulated.) A snow sensor can be installed in the surface of the driveway or mounted near the roof. It must remain exposed to the elements. The sensor detects temperature as well as precipitation, so when weather conditions dictate, the sensor will signal the system controller and then power is sent to the heating cable, warming the driveway.

Installing a Heated Driveway

Heated driveway systems are not difficult to install. Warmzone provides complete system design and layout services to facilitate quick, proper installation. This document also includes all the information necessary for the electrician, such as proper materials, load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc.

The heat cable is laid out according to the design provided. For concrete heated driveways, lay out the cable and then use zip ties to secure it to the re-mesh. (The cable should remain within 2 inches of the surface.) Concrete is then poured over the secured cable. The contactor panel (or controller) is typically mounted on a wall in the garage. Warmzone offers contactor panels with or without GFCI protection.

Electric heated driveways feature fast response times. The driveway is quickly heated after the sensor detects the first snowflake, preventing any snow buildup. Another advantage of electric driveway heating systems is that they are maintenance free and very reliable. Unlike hydronic systems that require a special mechanical room for the boiler, manifold and pumps, electric systems only require a small space on the wall of the garage for the controller or contactor panel.

Heated paver sidewalk

Radiant heat systems are also remarkably efficient. There’s virtually no heat loss, as 99 percent of the energy goes directly to melting the snow. The efficiency of radiant heat also makes it a popular choice for heating homes.

And the systems are fully automated. The snow sensor, also referred to as an activation device, detects the weather conditions (both temperature and precipitation). Once snow starts to fall the sensor signals the contactor panel and power is sent to the embedded heat cable. The driveway is warmed and snow is prevented from accumulating.

In addition to the beneficial features of a radiant heated driveway, Warmzone also includes complete customer support with each system. In addition to the professional system design, Warmzone also offers free installation training. This is a valuable service that helps to ensure the proper installation of the system. Free installation support is also provided. If your installer encounters any issues during the installation, he/she can call Warmzone to receive support. We are committed to providing the best products and best support services in the industry.

For more information about our radiant heat systems, call 888.488.9276 today.

Timing is Everything

The Benefits of Installing Radiant Heat During the “Off” Season

Although you may feel that you’re still firmly in the cold clutches of Old Man Winter, take solace in the knowledge that spring is just around the corner. And with warmer weather comes the opportunity to start – or finish – those construction projects that you’ve been planning. For professional builders, warmer temperatures thaw out the slow winter business and the trickle of work often turns into a torrent, complete with deadlines, demands, and new challenges.

Get a jump on your radiant heat projects by purchasing your materials early. There’s a good chance that you may be able to take advantage of “early bird” discounts on self-regulating roof deicing systems, floor heating, and ClearZone snow melting system components. And if you’re a homeowner, you’re much more likely to find an available installer at this time of the year. Later in the season – during prime construction time – finding a contractor – let alone, the one you prefer – who can accommodate your schedule can be a real challenge.

Panorama of Chicago during winter

Speaking of contractors and installers, Warmzone maintains a database of experienced, favorably reviewed professionals in your area, so you can be assured that your system is being installed by pros who know about radiant heat systems. And finding these experts early in the construction season is a whole lot easier (and sometimes more affordable) than trying to find one late in the summer.

Warmzone is an industry leader, not only because of the quality of our systems, but because of the wide selection of radiant heat systems and our unparalleled customer services. In addition to one of the largest and most diverse selections of radiant floor heating, roof deicing, pipe tracing, and snow melting solutions, Warmzone provides the industry’s most comprehensive service.

When you first contact Warmzone, our professionals will learn about your needs and then provide you with information about the options that would be best for your needs. Because we carry several different brands we’re not locked into offering just one or two options by one manufacturer. Our experts will carefully evaluate your needs and then recommend accordingly.

Free System Design – We can provide you with a detailed AutoCAD system design that not only covers the layout and materials of the system, but also includes all the technical information necessary for your electrician. This information includes proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and so on. You’ll know all the details prior to any installation taking place.

Rolling out snow melting heating mats.

Free Installation TrainingWarmzone also provides free interactive installation training. This is an invaluable service that can ultimately save a great deal of time and money in the long run. A radiant heat expert will personally cover all the aspects of your installation, and you can ask questions and proceed at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Most training courses take less than an hour, but having this expertise under your belt allows you to install with confidence, and avoid costly or time consuming mistakes.

Free Installation Support – Our support staff is also on hand during the installation. If you or your installers have any questions during the installation, these can be resolved simply by calling Warmzone. Our staff will walk you through the process and help ensure the proper installation – and a happy customer.

Talk with a friendly professional at Warmzone today and get the ball rolling. Radiant heat systems are easy to customize, and our designers are experienced in designing systems that best meet the customers’ radiant heat needs as well as their budgets. Call and learn more about the many affordable options and Warmzone’s industry leading customer services today at 888.488.9276.

Heated Driveways can be a Reality for Most Homeowners

Explore the Many Options for Heating Your Driveway

For some homeowners who are considering the installation of a heated driveway, discovering the initial price of a snow melting system can be like getting hit in the face by an errant snowball. The immediate response is to retreat to the garage and embrace the snow shovel with renewed, yet reluctant affection and appreciation. Unaware of the many custom – and affordable – driveway heating options that can accommodate a vast range of budgets and layouts, many consumers unknowingly close the door of possibility and relegate themselves (and their families) to a future of manual snow removal.

A heated driveway system in concrete operating during a snowstorm.
A heated driveway system in concrete operating during a snowstorm.

In truth, no two heated driveways are alike, as every system is customized according to the specific demands of the homeowner. Each system is not only designed for the specific layout of each driveway, but other factors are considered as well. In addition to the budget, driveway heating systems are also designed according to ASHRAE standards.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an organization committed to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Snow melting system requirements vary, depending on the specifics of the project. ASHRAE standards were established to address variances such as the location’s altitude, average snowfall and temperature, etc., to allow designers to optimize each system’s performance for that particular location. Basically, if you want the best snow melting system, it’s a good idea to choose a radiant heat solutions provider that adheres to ASHRAE Standards.

To ensure the best snow melting system for your needs, it’s vital that your radiant heat provider design a custom system in accordance with ASHRAE Standards. This ensures that every system best meets the specific needs of each customer. Adhering to these standards means breaking down the design of the system regionally. This entails careful research of the weather for the region, including the general climate, average snowfall, storm duration, temperatures, and other important factors to ensure that the system’s components and design is going to be best suited to perform ideally in that particular location.

While the price of a heated driveway can often be rationalized by the added convenience and time-saving features – or money saved from paying for manual snow removal – perhaps the real benefit of a heated driveway is added safety.

“It’s a classic example of how you can’t put a price tag on peace of mind,” says Alex Geier, of Hinsdale, Illinois (quoted by the Calgary Herald). Safety is likely the single greatest benefit of a heated driveway system.

Asphalt driveway with heated tire tracks

You also don’t have to heat the entire driveway. Many choose to only heat an 8-foot wide strip up the middle of a driveway, or two 24-inch tire tracks. The options and custom layouts are endless, and so many things can be done to accommodate the budget – without affecting performance.

Snow melting systems can be further customized to accommodate the available power. And don’t worry. You don’t need to be solely responsible for determining the available power of your home. Ultimately it is the electrician who determines this. However, there are some helpful guidelines that may assist you as you work with radiant heat professionals to determine the best snow melting solution.

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) is needed. You can check your home’s main breaker panel to see the power coming into the house. (Most residences 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.)

If you have limited power there are still options that would allow you to install a heated driveway. Customers with minimal power have installed heated driveways that rely on zoning. This means that only one section of the driveway heats up at a time. For example, if there are three zones, then zone one will first activate. After it clears the area, zone two will then power up, followed by zone three. Certainly this is not as ideal as heating a driveway all at once, but for those with power constraints, this is a viable option. Regardless of your situation and budget, chances are that there is a custom driveway heating solution that will fit your needs.

Call Warmzone for more information (888.488.9276), or visit us online at www.warmzone.com.

Automated, Maintenance-free Snow Melting Systems

Custom Heated Driveways, Sidewalks and more

Warmzone has been designing snow melting systems for a wide variety of applications for almost two decades. From commercial parking structures and residential driveways to sidewalks, steps and even runaway truck ramps, we’ve provided a radiant heat solution for just about every application imaginable.

Warmzone customers choose to install snow melting systems for several reasons. Some are for commercial applications and are installed to eliminate the need for manual snow removal as well as to enhance safety for patrons. Being fully automated, radiant snow melting systems provide reliable snow removal, regardless of the hour. This way, customers are assured of having clear walkways to and from the business.

Some clients are unable to manually shovel the snow due to physical/medical limitations. Others need to heat their driveway because it is on a steep incline. Doctors and emergency response personnel need to be able to exit driveways quickly, regardless of the weather, and radiant heat has proven to be ideal under those circumstances. And of course, there are some projects that fall into the “luxury” category.

Regardless of the customer’s need, each Warmzone snow melting system is customized specifically to best meet the needs of the customer. We do not take a “one size fits all” approach. Every Warmzone system is designed to ASHRAE standards to ensure that customers receive the most effective and efficient snow melting solution for their location, layout, and snow melting needs.

Warmzone provides industry leading system design services. Our detailed AutoCAD drawings not only show the layout of the cable and components, but include all the necessary electrical information, such as the proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc.

Fully Automated

Warmzone snow melting systems feature the industry’s top controls. Most driveway heating systems utilize the WS-2C aerial-mount snow sensor (activation device). The unit features an interleaved grid “moisture” sensor at the top and the brass cylinder protruding from the bottom of the unit is the temperature sensor. When the controller detects precipitation and the temperature is below the designated set point, the unit signals the contactor panel and power is sent to the heating cable. The UL listed panels are available with or without GFEP included. (This is an excellent cost – and time – savings option for electricians.) The resistance cable then warms the driveway surface.

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

The advanced snow sensor is mounted out in the open where it has a clear view of the sky and is exposed to the weather. To ensure that the sensor is able to make accurate temperature readings, make sure it is not mounted near furnace vents, dryer vents or any other source of heat.

Maintenance Free Snow Melting System

Because the system has no moving parts it requires no routine maintenance; however, it is recommended that the sensor be powered down and the small sensor grid be wiped clean with clear water once every 4 months.

Radiant heated driveways and snow melting systems can be easily customized to accommodate the homeowner’s layout, snowmelt needs, and budget. While every snow melting system can be tailored for each unique installation, some common layout options include:

Heat the most trafficked areas – Rather than heating the entire driveway, some owners choose to heat only the areas that receive the most traffic. An 8-foot strip in the middle of the driveway or a 2-foot strip down the middle of a sidewalk may be all that the customer needs/wants. This still allows clear access for vehicles and/or pedestrian traffic, but brings down the installation cost as well as operational costs.

Heated tire tracks – Another affordable option (that also requires considerably less power) is to heat two 24-inch wide tire tracks. This is a popular solution for customers with limited power or a limited budget. Not only does this make the installation more affordable, but the layout also demands less power, making it more affordable to run.

Heated driveway on incline with heated tire tracks

Heat Specific Areas – Some areas are prone to ice buildup or are on a steep incline. Radiant heat can be installed to keep the incline (or shaded areas) clear of snow and ice to enhance safety as well as convenience. This is especially beneficial for those with driveways that run downhill and into a busy road.

Because Warmzone radiant snow melting systems are fully automated, business owners can be assured that parking areas and walkways are kept clear at all times during snowy days. There’s no need to have employees arrive early to shovel or go outside periodically to clear and salt the walks. When a snowstorm hits, the radiant heat system will activate and keep the walks clear. Once the storm abates, the system remains on for a short time to dry the area (to prevent ice buildup) and then shuts off. Because this “after run” feature provides dry, safe walking areas for customers, it greatly reduces the chances of business owners being hit with dreaded personal injury lawsuits.

Industry Leading Support Services

Don’t forget, Warmzone is the innovative leader when it comes to customer service. Installers not only receive a detailed layout with all the technical information, but can talk with a radiant heat expert any time and receive technical support whenever they have a question during the installation. (See Warmzone’s November Newsletter below for more information about Warmzone’s system design services.) Warmzone also hosts a library of helpful installation videos on its website. Check out Warmzone’s Installation Videos here.

Warmzone also provides free installation training. Installers receive personal training and can complete the installation course at their own pace. Electrical and design experts are on hand to assist you during the training and/or the installation. Warmzone stands by its customers to ensure that the system is installed correctly and the customer is satisfied.

For more information, or a free quote, contact Warmzone today at 888.488.9276.