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A Look at one of the most Innovative Floor Heating Technologies

Warmzone® offers one of the largest selections of radiant floor heating products in the business. Carrying a wide variety ensures that customers receive the best system for their specific floor types, budget, and heating needs. One popular floor heating system is Warmzone’s FilmHeat™ radiant heat system.

Designed for installation under laminate and floating floors, the innovative FilmHeat floor heating system features heating panels that are just .016-inch thick. That’s thinner than a credit card. The paper-thin heating element is so lightweight that it will not affect weight loads, and because it is so thin, installing the system will not cause any floor buildup.

The heating element is applied over an underlayment, and the floating floor is then installed. There is no need for mortar or self-leveling compounds, alarms, or special tools. This remarkable system is quickly and easily installed, and the heating mats come with the cold leads attached.

FilmHeat floor heating element installed.

The FilmHeat floating floor heating system consists of three major components: the heating elements, the wiring, the control device. These components work together to create a system that provides comfortable, energy-efficient floor warming as either a primary heating system, or as a supplement to the existing home heating system. FilmHeat can be installed on any standard, flat sub-floor, but care must be taken that the subfloor is smooth and free from protrusions such as nails or screws that may damage the heating element.

Features and Benefits

  • Energy Efficient: The efficiency of the FilmHeat system makes it one of the most affordable to operate.
  • Easy To Install: Apply the underlayment over the subfloor. Lay the heating panels over the area to be heated, and cut to length if needed. Install the floating floor. No self-leveler or mortar is needed. There is no need for an alarm or repair kit.
  • Apply the underlayment over the subfloor. Lay the heating panels over the area to be heated and then install the floating floor. No self-leveler or mortar is needed. The heating element is easily cut to length onsite. There is no need for an alarm or repair kit.
  • Smart Controls: Touchscreen 7-day, four settings per day, programmable thermostat with floor sensor. The Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostat allows the user to program or set the thermostat from their smart phone.
  • Safety: GFCI Protected. ETL, CETL Certified.
  • Best In Class Warranty: 25-year warranty with no maintenance required

Heat Existing Floors with RetroHeat®

A variation of the FilmHeat system (called RetroHeat) is also available to heat existing floors. If you have access to your floors joists from below, either through a crawl space or basement, you can enjoy the comfort of radiant heat, without having to replace your current floor or undertake any major remodeling.

FilmHeat for heating hardwood floating floors.

The UL listed RetroHeat panels are stapled up between the joists, and then batt insulation is then applied to direct all of the upwards to warm the floor. The RetroHeat system provides comfortable warmth for a wide variety of floor types, and is extremely efficient, with virtually no heat loss. The heating elements provide 10 watts per square foot, and can be cut onsite.

Thin, flexible, ultra-efficient FilmHeat and RetroHeat floor heating systems are engineered to deliver the ultimate in thermal comfort. The heating panels can be used to warm a variety of floor types, with low energy consumption at affordable prices. These systems are commonly used to complement the existing home heating system by providing extra comfort to the most popular rooms in the house. The systems are configured with factory connections, and all products are suitable for either new construction or renovation projects.

For more details about the many radiant floor heating options that are available, contact Warmzone today, at 888-488-9276.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of floor heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing systems, as well as luxury home heating amenities. For more information about Warmzone radiant heat systems or luxury amenities, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

New IoT Controller Offered

Warmzone Adds Advanced Controller to its Impressive List of Product Offerings

Over the years a growing number of consumers have come to rely on Warmzone for all their radiant heating needs. Knowing they can count on Warmzone’s industry-leading products and customer support services, homeowners and construction professionals alike turn to Warmzone for their snow melting, home heating, and roof de-icing needs.

As an established industry leader, Warmzone has focused on two basic philosophies: Provide unmatched customer support services, and a large selection of the industry’s most proven products. This emphasis on selection and service is why Warmzone has grown to be a favorite among building professionals.

In keeping with Warmzone’s commitment to offering the largest selection of the best products, Warmzone recently added the EcoTrace IC controller to our line of snow melting controls. This advanced device is a single-circuit IoT heat trace controller for use in snow melting, freeze protection and temperature maintenance applications.

What is IoT?

“IoT” refers to the Internet of Things, and may be one of the most important technologies of this century. It allows us to connect everyday objects such as roofs, driveways, kitchen appliances, etc., to the internet via embedded devices. These devices (or sensors) can be added to objects to measure environmental parameters, and the data is then transmitted through a communications network. IoT technology makes seamless communication possible between people, processes, and things.

EcoTrace IC Controller for snow melting and heat trace applications.
The new EcoTrace IC Controller for snow melting and heat trace applications.

How does the Controller Use This Technology

The advanced controller uses its proprietary algorithms to process weather data and adjust the system’s power output according to storm conditions. In addition to activating the heating system, the controller’s “smart” snow melting capability includes optional preheating, the ability to ignore light storms, and dynamic heating after the storm, all to improve overall system performance and reduce energy use and operating cost. The versatile controller allows the user to choose from a selection of weather-based control algorithms, which include, roof de-icing, gutter heat tracing, and heated driveways and snow melting systems.

Pipe Heat Trace

For pipe trace applications, the EcoTrace IC controller can be used for freeze protection and temperature maintenance. A temperature sensor can be connected, allowing you to use either ambient or pipe sensing modes to prevent pipes from freezing. Hybrid freeze protection uses weather forecast data in combination with the local sensor to control freeze protection systems up to 40 percent more efficiently. The temperature sensor can also be used for process temperature maintenance, grease waste lines, and hot water maintenance lines (HWM).

Eliminate Silent Failure with 24/7 Monitoring

Heat trace failures can result in frozen pipes, leaks, and damage to critical equipment. With the comprehensive 24/7 system monitoring and automated fault notification, you can rest easy knowing your systems are working. The device’s cloud platform allows you to manage all of your heat tracing systems in one place, even if you are somewhere else.

Connect from Anywhere

The advanced controllers connect to the Frio Cloud via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or Cellular. When connected to the cloud, the controller will upload system status and receive operational commands. Multiple devices can be joined together in the Cloud platform, allowing centralized control of multiple heat tracing systems. Users can access their control device remotely via the Cloud platform to check status, activate the system or run a diagnostic test, eliminating the need to physically check the heater control system.

Front view and internals of EcoTrace IC Controller.

Two models of the controller are available: one with Modbus and BACnet connectivity, and the other, which accepts a thermistor only. Both controller models support Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections. The devices are designed to use 802.11n Wi-Fi operating in the 2.4GHz band or the 5GHz band. Both units are compatible with older 2.4GHz 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a networks. The ethernet connection supports 10Mbps and 100Mbps operation. See the user manual for firewall information.

The controller can drive up to a 30A resistive load to control electric heat trace systems operating between 110 VAC and 277 VAC. The IC (Internet Controller) comes in an outdoor-rated enclosure, tested to IP67 standard.

The controller also allows for the user to manually activate the device for a set period of time. Manual override can be set from the device’s Cloud platform, or through Modbus for BMS connected systems.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of floor heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing systems, as well as luxury home heating amenities. For more information about Warmzone radiant heat systems or luxury amenities, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.


Adding Radiant Heat to Asphalt

I still remember last year’s biggest snowstorm. It was a doozie. The snowfall made it impossible to see where the yard stopped and the driveway – or even the street – began. It seemed that the whole world was buried under a downy blanket of snow. It was beautiful – and intimidating. I had to go to work.

Knowing I’d be spending much of the morning clearing the driveway and walks before going to work, I got up early and fried some eggs and bacon. I sat down and began seasoning my eggs. I was gently tapping the salt shaker when my wife barged into the kitchen, franticly mumbling something about her “stupid” alarm clock.

“Have you salted the driveway?” she asked, pulling her blazer up over her shoulders.

Wait, what? It took a moment for my early-morning brain to stretch beyond the simple thought of a tasty breakfast. I’m salting my eggs. Why would I want to salt the driveway? I’m not THAT hungry.

I looked up at her as my upper lip stretched into an Elvis-esque sneer. “Say wahhh?” I winced.

“Have you shoveled the driveway and salted? You know how slick it gets.”

“Oh, uh yeah. I mean, no. No, not yet. I was just gonna eat first,” I gestured to my plate.

My wife eyed the omelet like it was my old girlfriend.

“Well, I have to go in early today, so I hope I can get down the hill alright.”

In other words, breakfast can wait. Time to trade my fork for the snow shovel. (Thank goodness for microwave ovens.)

Our driveway is on an incline, so if the car starts sliding, it will slide right into the road. If a car happens to be passing at the time, well, let’s just say there’s no ‘merging’ lane.

After working up a considerable sweat – and appetite – I was able to safely see my wife off to work. I wouldn’t be far behind, but first, I’d warm up some bacon and eggs.

Most mornings aren’t quite this hectic, but we’d grown accustomed to altering our schedules in order to deal with the weather. But if a surprise storm hit, or we didn’t get up early enough to deal with the snow, well, it seems that we’d spend the entire day trying to catch up.

Heated tire tracks in asphalt driveway.

Given the layout of our driveway, and how it spills out onto the road below, I can’t think of a better solution than that of installing a radiant heated driveway. Truth is, some neighbors of mine have a heated driveway. Every morning after a storm, I drive past their house and I envy their clear – dry – driveway. Apparently, they also have radiant heat installed under their front steps and porch. It sure stands out in the neighborhood. I’m sure that Jared enjoys watching everyone else shovel and plow their driveways. Yeah, while everyone else is salting and shoveling their driveway, he’s probably salting his eggs and shoveling them into his mouth.

After talking with Jared about his heated driveway, I was convinced that my wife and I needed to install one. In addition to being fully automated, heated driveways are also maintenance free. The efficiency, and everything else about these systems sounded too good to pass up. And given our driveway incline, it seemed like an obvious solution to an obvious problem.

I also learned that heated driveways can be customized to meet whatever needs we have. Whether it’s for layout needs or budget constraints, these systems can be tailored explicitly to match the precise needs of each customer.

Initially, I wasn’t sure how to best heat the driveway, but Warmzone gave us some great money-saving options. My wife and I were excited to find an option that still made the driveway safe during the winter, but also resulted in a lower installation cost as well as a lower operating cost. We chose to install heated tire tracks.

The heated tire tracks extended along the length of the driveway. (Each heating mat heated an area 24-inches wide. The mats feature pre-spaced heat cable that is easily rolled out during the installation.) Near the end of the driveway, near the road, we heated most of the area.

Having an asphalt driveway made it pretty easy for us to retrofit our existing driveway with radiant heat. The ClearZone heating mats were laid out over the area to be heated, and then secured to the asphalt. Then a new layer of asphalt was applied.

Warmzone provided all the technical support and training we needed. If there was ever a question, the electrician could immediately call Warmzone and get the issue resolved. The free installation training was especially beneficial. This was one of the best home upgrades we’ve done. Since installing the heated driveway, my wife and I have enjoyed eating our breakfasts together. I no longer get a raised eyebrow when I’m enjoying my bacon and eggs. And as for the salt, well, it just stays on the eggs.

My Experience with Installing a Heated Driveway

Knowing What to Look for When Shopping for a Radiant Heat Snow Melting System

This winter I’ve been enjoying my heated driveway like a little country boy enjoying a Red Ryder BB gun on Christmas morning. This is the gift that keeps on giving, and every snowy day seems a little like Christmas. I feel like a proud father as I watch my heated driveway distinguish itself from all the other driveways in the neighborhood. Oh, and there’s Bob, shoveling snow from his driveway. ‘Atta boy, Bob.’ I nod and acknowledge him with a raise of my coffee cup. I know he can’t see me, but still, this is oddly satisfying. Ah, but I’m not here to gloat over my snow-free driveway.

I’ve learned a lot about radiant heat this past year. As a homeowner, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about driveway heating systems. Perhaps some of my experiences can be beneficial to others who are exploring the possibility of installing a radiant heat system.

When my wife and I first decided that we wanted a radiant heated driveway, we knew very little about the actual systems. I figured that the driveway gets warm, the snow melts, and boom, there it is. But the reality of it is that there are certain components and support services that make a big difference. I was fortunate in dealing with Warmzone. With that being said, I guess my first piece of advice to homeowners is to make sure that you deal with experienced, established pros. (There are cheap options out there, like buying generic heat cable from some home improvement store, but when you don’t have customer support services, it ultimately costs you more in the long run.) A heated driveway is a significant investment. Don’t cut corners.

These systems are touted as fully automated and maintenance free. This almost sounded too good to be true, but it is actually the case. Once installed, you really don’t have to worry about it. However, I like to wipe down the snow sensor every now and then. During the year, wind storms can kick up dust or leaves that may end up on the small sensor. To be honest, I haven’t had a leaf land perfectly on the sensor, but one never knows. Regardless, I like to wipe the sensor plate down now and then, just to avoid any dirt buildup.

Heated driveway shown after a snowstorm.

In addition to the snow sensor, automated heated driveways also feature a heating element and control panel. Make sure the components for your system are proven products. Warmzone uses ClearZone heat cable, which has been around for decades, so I know it’s a cable I can trust. It also carries a top manufacturer warranty. The contactor panel, or controller is what kicks the power to the heat cable. The sensor detects snow, signals the controller, and then power is sent to the heating element that’s embedded in the driveway. It’s a simple system with no moving parts. Gotta love that.

Before I looked into getting a heated driveway, I didn’t realize that heat cable can be purchased in individual lengths off a spool, as well as in mats. I chose the mats. These are available in different lengths as well, but the cable is already pre-spaced, so they can simply be rolled out during the installation, and then secured. Boom! Pretty quick and easy. I was even able to help install them.

I’m really not much of a “do-it-yourselfer”, but this was something that even I could do. (I had my wife take a couple of photos of me “installing” the driveway, just for posterity’s sake – and to document my diverse skills.) Yeah, it was a proud moment, unlike the time I tried to show off my handyman skills by switching out a water facet in my wife’s apartment before we got married. (Be sure to always turn off the water supply beforehand.) But hey, she still married me. I guess I might still be trying to redeem myself for that one.  

Anyway, to heat our concrete driveway, thin remesh was laid out and then the cable mats were placed over the remesh and then secured with plastic ties. (Did I mention that I did this part?) Little plastic supports, called Mesh-Ups were used to keep the remesh from resting on the ground. This ensures that the heat cable is ideally positioned about 2-3 inches from the surface of the finished driveway. Then the concrete was poured.

I also learned that heated driveways are designed according to ASHRAE standards. (Don’t worry, I had no clue what this meant either.) In other words, your driveway heating system will be designed specifically for the winter conditions in your area. If you have an average winter temperature of 24°F, with annual snowfall around 70 inches, then the designers create a system that is specifically designed to handle those conditions. This helps to determine the watts per square foot that your system needs to effectively keep the driveway clear of snow and ice. Each system is custom tailored to deal with the customer’s unique demands.

Heated driveway with overlay of components.
The typical components of an automated Warmzone radiant heated driveway.

As you’re shopping for a system, ask questions. I’m glad I did. And be sure to have your electrician find out about the power requirements. (This usually isn’t a problem for most homeowners, but for those who are looking to heat massive areas, you should definitely find out what your available power is, and confirm the system’s power demands.)

Fortunately, snow melting systems can be customized to the hilt, so you can install radiant heat exactly how you want. If you don’t want to heat your entire driveway, then you can heat two 24-inch wide tire tracks, or just an 8-foot wide strip in the middle. Heck, you can install radiant heat in a checkerboard pattern if you want. It’s all about you and what works best for your layout and budget.

Also, perhaps the most important services for customers are the support services such as free installation training, technical support, and system design. The free installation training was invaluable. The instructor covered every aspect of the installation, so the electrician and installers knew everything they needed, prior to installing the system. Warmzone also provided real time technical support. When the electrician had a question, he called and spoke with an expert. Also, prior to any work taking place, Warmzone created a detailed layout / design of the system. We knew exactly how and where to install the heat cable and every component. These support services are what made the difference. I can’t stress enough that you deal only with a company that provides these types of services.

My advice to you is to call and talk with a radiant heat expert and explore your options. (Oh, and remember to always turn off the water supply before changing water facets.) Warmzone radiant heat experts are friendly professionals who will ask you about your project and then explain the best available options. There’s no rush, and no pressure. I talked with these guys for months before my wife and I decided to do the installation. They were always there to patiently answer any questions or address any concerns. Given their quality products and remarkable support services, I couldn’t imagine working with any provider other than Warmzone.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of floor heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing systems, as well as luxury home heating amenities. For more information about Warmzone radiant heat systems or luxury amenities, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

Upgrading my Driveway

I did it! I Installed a Heated Driveway. (Part II of “My Summer Projects“)

This summer I committed to installing a heated driveway. After my wife slipped and fell last winter, I knew the jig was up. (Now, before you rush to any judgement, I DID shovel the driveway earlier that morning, but I guess I missed a spot. Dang snow shovel must have had a manufacturing defect.)

Most ladies’ shoes don’t go well with ice, and my wife’s field research emphasized this point. After years of close calls, she had finally had enough. I had to do something. Of course, I was also motivated by the ultimatum she gave as she writhed in pain on the cold pavement. It was either the driveway, or it was me. According to her, one of us had to go.

That may sound a bit harsh, and perhaps it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but you catch my drift. I’m not sure if she intended for me to dig up the driveway and throw it in the dumpster out of spite, or revenge, or what. All I knew was that I was going nowhere.

I guess you could say that I was a victim of friendly fire after the accident, but I can’t blame her for her tirade. In the heat of the moment, my wife unleashed a salvo of profoundly creative expletives, weaved into an almost poetic series of imaginative stanzas. Being the first one on scene, I took the brunt of the assault. I discovered that under the right conditions, she can make my old drill sergeant sound like a substitute first-grade teacher. But, enough about that.

I bypassed marriage counseling and reached out directly to Warmzone. I had checked out a couple other radiant heat providers, but I liked the way Warmzone approached things. These guys were consummate pros, and their customer support was impressive. They answered my questions and explained the options that would work best for us.

One option was for us to use saw-cut technology that would allow us to heat the existing driveway. To do this, small grooves are cut into the concrete and heat cable is placed in the grooves. Then a special epoxy is applied to seal the heating cable. A light coating of sand can then be applied to provide traction. This is an effective and affordable way to heat an existing driveway that’s otherwise in good condition. But, with visions of my wife laying on the icy pavement still fresh in my head, I determined that none of my old, crumbling driveway should be spared. We had other plans for that wretched concrete.

The original driveway was never a selling point for our house. In fact, when my wife and I bought the home, we knew that eventually, we’d need to replace the driveway. I also wanted to make a small change to the driveway’s layout. So, instead of heating the existing concrete, we decided to redo the poorly installed driveway. After all, it was either me or the driveway that had to go. Adios driveway!

Warmzone system designers created a detailed layout of my new heated driveway. The AutoCAD® included the complete layout of the system and every component, as well as all the information needed by the electrician. Thanks to the layout and free installation training, the system was installed quickly and easily, without any major issues or surprises. A couple of times, the electrician called and spoke with a technical support expert at Warmzone to ensure we were doing things right. That was nice because it allowed us to proceed with confidence. Overall, the process of installing the system went quicker than I thought.

In December, we got a significant early snowstorm. Wow, what a joy it was to look out the window on Saturday morning and see a serene, white landscape with a beautiful, snow-free driveway in the foreground. The automated system cleared – and dried – the driveway! Now that’s a safety feature we can live with. I tried to get my wife to make a donut run so she could appreciate the clear driveway, but instead, we stayed inside and admired the sight.

We were both exited with this accomplishment. I figured that it earned me a day or two of skiing – minimum. I’d have my wife join me, but her doctor said it would be best for her to avoid winter sports activities for awhile. But at least I redeemed myself and exacted revenge on that old driveway for her. (I also threw my defective snow shovel back into the tool shed.)

I think our “post-heated driveway” life looks bright. Now, if I could just get the old basement pantry rewired so the lights don’t keep flickering off unexpectedly. All in due time. For now, I’m going to have lunch and savor the success of this heated driveway.

“Hey honey, can you run downstairs and grab a can of chili for me?”

Yeah, life is good.

Read Part I, My Summer Projects.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of floor heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing systems, as well as luxury home heating amenities. For more information about Warmzone radiant heat systems or luxury amenities, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

Radiant Heated Floors and Thermostats

Warmzone’s Advanced Thermostats Ensure that your Heated Floors Operate at Peak Efficiency

When it comes to residential heating systems, homeowners have many options from which to choose. Traditional systems that use a furnace, blower, and ductwork (known as forced-air systems) are still commonplace in homes today, but the advance of technology is paving the way for new, and increasingly efficient options for homeowners.

Radiant heat has long been the most efficient heating technology for decades, but today’s systems continue to push the envelop – both in terms of comfort and efficiency. A wide variety of electric floor heating systems are available, as well as hydronic systems. (Hydronic floor heating systems heat specially treated water that is circulated through a closed loop of special PEX tubing that is embedded in the floor.)  

In addition to offering hydronic heated floors, Warmzone carries one of the largest selections of electric floor heating systems in the industry. The systems range from thin heat cable to low-voltage polymer panels, near-paper-thin “film” heating panels, and more. Whether you have hardwood, tile, vinyl, or any other type of flooring, Warmzone can match you with the ideal system to meet your heating needs as well as your budget.

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

Warmzone Floor Heating System Products and Offerings Include:

ComfortTile: As the most popular floor heating option, this versatile system features thin heat cable (available in mats and spools) is effective for heating a wide variety of floors.

FilmHeat: This remarkable heating element is thinner than a credit card, and is regarded by flooring professionals at the best option for heating laminate and floating floors.

In-Slab: The sturdy In-Slab heat cable is designed for installation in concrete slabs. In-Slab heat cable is ideal for heating basements, or other floors over concrete.

FloorHeat STEP: Thin, low-voltage polymer FloorHeat panels are ideal for heating hardwood floors.

RetroHeat: The ultra-thin heating panels allow homeowners to heat existing floors, without having to undergo any major remodeling. The panels are designed to be stapled up between the floor joists.

FoilHeat: The FoilHeat system features thin heat cable that is sandwiched between two layers of specially reinforced aluminum. The system is designed for heating laminate, engineered wood, and even carpeted floors.

Prodeso: The flexible underlayment membrane provides an innovative uncoupling and waterproofing system for heating floors and other surfaces without movement or expansion joints in the screed.

In addition to the many advanced radiant floor heating technologies, Warmzone also offers the industry’s most advanced control systems. Warmzone’s newest thermostat offering is the LED WiFi Touch Thermostat.

LED WiFi Programmable Floor Heating Thermostat
The advanced LED WiFi programmable floor heating system thermostat.

This attractive, technologically advanced touch-screen thermostat allows users to remotely adjust and monitor their floor heating system. The thermostats can be accessed locally through Bluetooth® and virtually anywhere when connected to the Cloud service through WiFi. Users can also control the thermostat using their voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant-enabled devices. The advanced thermostats include an intuitive installation wizard that guides installers and end-users through the setup process.

To ensure security, the LED WiFi thermostat transmits encrypted data securely via TLS 1.3. This latest state-of-the-art encryption technology allows faster and more secure connections. For your WiFi connection, take advantage of the secure and comprehensive WPA3 protocol.

A variety of other thermostat options are also available to homeowners. The controllers range from programmable “TOUCH” thermostats to simple control devices for those on a tight budget.

Radiant heat is the home heating technology of today, and the future. Start enjoying luxurious warmth and unprecedented efficiency by installing your radiant floor heating system. With Warmzone’s expertise and vast product selection, homeowners are assured of finding the ideal system and thermostat for all of their home heating needs.

Warmzone is also a customer service leader. Warmzone’s support services include radiant heat system design and layout services, personal installation support, and FREE installation training. Our goal is to provide customers with the best, most complete floor heating solution possible. For more information about radiant floor heating systems or customer services, call a friendly radiant floor heating expert today, at 888-488-9276.

Warmzone – the Complete Radiant Heat Provider

Find the Ideal Snow Melting, De-icing, or Heating Solution

November is here, and winter will be here before you know it. Winter brings cool evenings filled with family gatherings, parties, and holiday errands. You may be warm and cozy in your home, but snow and ice build up outside your home can create hazards. These hazards can make the season frustrating instead of bright. Preparing your home for winter beforehand is one of the best ways to ensure the holidays at your home are warm, cozy, and worry-free.  

After doing your indoor winter prep tasks, call Warmzone to ensure the outside of your home is ready to go. Warmzone offers snow melting solutions for every area of your home. These systems provide peace of mind by enhancing safety and convenience. Each system eliminates the need for chemical or manual snow removal. Warmzone snow melting systems are automated, using a small activation device to detect moisture and temperature. When weather conditions warrant, the sensor sends a signal to the controller, which then sends power to the heating element. Warmzone systems are also easily customizable. The systems can be tailored to meet your budget needs as well as your specific snow melting demands.

Snow-melting systems can be installed in almost any application or layout. Heating driveways is an ever-popular option, as are large parking and pedestrian areas. If heating an entire area isn’t the right fit, consider these other driveway heating options. One popular option for homeowners is that of installing heated tire tracks. These systems typically include two 24-inch-wide heated tracks. The heated tire tracks require less power to operate, and can also be cheaper to install, making this an ideal option for those with limited power, as well as a tight budget.

Heated driveway and sidewalk
A heated driveway and sidewalk after a large snowstorm.

Another great option is to heat an 8-foot-wide strip in the middle of the driveway. Trusted ClearZone heating cable can also be installed to heat specific problem areas, such as inclines, shaded areas, or parts of the driveway that are susceptible to snow drifts. Warmzone radiant heat systems are versatile, and can be used to hear virtually any outdoor space. Keeping inclines free of snow and ice enhances safety, and homeowners can also install radiant snow melting systems on steps, accessibility ramps, porches, sidewalks, and more.

Heating highly trafficked steps or walkways is especially vital for business owners who must not only keep their stores accessible during business hours, but also provide safe properties to avoid slip-and-fall accidents. Many businesses also heat loading docks and ramps to enhance productivity and protect workers.

Snow melting systems can also be designed for outdoor animals, such as in kennels or dog runs. You can enjoy all of your property year ‘round by installing radiant heat systems in your most popular areas. Steps, outdoor decks, and the pathway to your hot tub can remain clear of snow and ice throughout Mother Nature’s coldest months. Whatever your snow melting needs are, a friendly Warmzone customer service professional can help you with custom design.

Once walkways and driveways are squared away, don’t forget to prepare another vital area of the home. The roof can easily become a problem during the winter without proper maintenance. Inspecting your roof and knowing what shape it’s in can save money, time, and your home from damage. A simple roof inspection each fall starts the cooler months with peace of mind. First, ensure no impediments, such as large branches rest or hang over the roof. Items like branches can break under the weight of heavy snow and damage the roof. Check the condition of your roof shingles. Inspect each shingle carefully and look for worn, missing, or loose shingles. Damaged shingles can allow water into the home. If you see any problems with your shingles check your attic for water damage. While in the attic, be sure it is properly insulated. If the insulation is faulty it can lead to warm air escaping from the attic. This warm air can melt the bottom layer of snow on your roof, causing it to run down the roof before it refreezes at the eaves, creating an ice dam. Ice dams are the number one cause of damage to roofs, and often lead to expensive repairs. Next, take a peek at your gutters and downspouts. Remove any existing leaves, debris, or blockages, and make sure the downspouts drain appropriately.

Heated roof valley and edge
A low-voltage roof de-icing system installed along roof valley and eaves.

Warmzone offers a large selection of roof de-icing systems that can customized to fit the needs and budget of any homeowner. Warmzone’s state-of-the-art self-regulating heat cable is perfect for almost any application. It is affordable and effectively helps to facilitate runoff and prevent ice dams. Its rugged construction allows it to withstand harsh winter conditions. Because it is self-regulating, the heating core increases output when the temperature falls and decreases output when temperature rises. The system can also be activated manually if necessary. Its affordability, flexibility, and efficiency are what make it the choice of customers across the nation. 

Another option is low-voltage RoofHeat STEP. This is one of the most efficient systems available on the market. The heating element features thin, flexible, polymer heating panels that can be installed underneath roof shingles and even metal roofs. The low-voltage polypropylene-fused heating elements also ensure each panel is waterproof and protected from alkaline and salt damage. It is available in 3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-inch wide rolls, making it convenient for installation in a wide variety of unique layouts. Roof de-icing systems can also be combined to create the optimal solution for your home. For instance, a low-voltage system can be installed along the roof eaves while self-regulating heat cable can be used to heat gutters and downspouts. Warmzone de-icing systems can help homeowners ensure that their home is ready for winter’s onslaught.

Warmzone customer service professionals can help you find the perfect solution to meet your needs and budget. Warmzone’s industry-leading customer service is unmatched, and will help to ensure a hassle-free purchase and installation.  Contact Warmzone today at 888-488-9276 to speak with a customer service professional who can help you with winter prep today!

The Versatility of Radiant Heat

Keep Your Favorite Outdoor Spaces and Walkways Clear of Snow During the Winter Months

Radiant heated driveways are becoming commonplace in upscale neighborhoods nowadays. The efficiency and convenience of these automated systems make them attractive options for homeowners. In addition to operating on renewable energy, the systems eliminate the need for salt and harmful snowmelt chemicals. For environmentally conscious consumers, these traits are strong selling points. The features and benefits of these reliable systems ensure that they’re here to stay, but radiant heat is often called upon to do much more than heat driveways. These systems are used for a wide variety of other snow melting applications – as well as roof de-icing and home heating applications.

Given the nature of Warmzone’s versatile ClearZone snow melting system, radiant heat is easily customized to accommodate a range of consumer demands. In addition to heated driveways, some other demands include heated dog runs and kennels, heated outdoor steps, sidewalks, loading docks, and accessibility ramps. The systems are also frequently designed and installed to keep favorite, or heavily trafficked outdoor areas clear of snow as ice, such as pathways to a jacuzzi, or to the garbage cans, etc. The systems can be installed to heat concrete, asphalt, brick and stone pavers, and more. Warmzone snow melting systems have also been installed in a variety of large commercial applications, such as train platforms, bus stops, airport aprons, parking ramps, and more.

Customers are often surprised to learn that radiant heat can be installed to keep outdoor steps free from snow and ice during the winter months. Aside from heating driveways, heating steps is another popular request from home and business owners.

Heated steps being installed.
Radiant snow melting system being installed to heat outdoor steps.

We all know how treacherous steps can be during snowstorms. Some of us (with bruises, scars, or a limp) know better than others. Installing a radiant snow melting system is one sure way to greatly reduce the chances of slip and fall accidents during the winter. Needless to say, the enhanced safety provided by a radiant heat system is a godsend for business owners.

Most Warmzone heated step systems utilize ClearZone heat cable. ClearZone heat cable is a premium heat-resistant cable that is available off the spool or pre-spaced in mats. For heated step installations, cable off the spool is recommended. To prevent snow and ice from forming on outdoor steps, three or four runs of heat cable are installed along each step (depending on the depth of the step), including one run near the bullnose edge of the step. The cable is then run to the next step and laid out in a similar fashion.

Warmzone system designers are also frequently called upon to design systems to keep loading docks and accessibility ramps safe during winter. The heat cable is easily installed in concrete (as well as other mediums), and the system activates only when needed. If a snowstorm hits during the night, you can be assured that the ramp will be clear and safe for pedestrian traffic in the morning.

Heated entryway
A radiant heated accessibility ramp after a snowstorm.

Warmzone snow melting systems consist of the best available components, which include an activation device (snow sensor) and controller. When the sensor detects snow, it sends a signal to the control unit, and power is then sent to the embedded heat cable. The heated surface prevents snow from accumulating during the storm. A safety feature, called the “afterrun” function allows the system to remain on for a short time after the snowstorm. This allows the heated concrete (or other medium) to dry, ensuring that no water is left on the surface, and preventing thin sheets of “invisible” ice from forming. In addition to the automated features of the snow melting systems, Warmzone systems also include a manual override feature, so it can be activated if needed. (Sometimes wind may blow snow onto the driveway, or snow has melted and pooled in the driveway.)

Every radiant heat system is backed by the best customer service in the business. In addition to providing customers with a detailed design/layout of the system, Warmzone also includes free installation training and technical support. To learn more about radiant snow melting systems, or Warmzone’s industry-leading support services, call and talk with a radiant heat expert today, at 888-488-9276.

Learning About Radiant Heat

I’m a bit of a nerd. Or maybe I’m a geek. Regardless, I like techy stuff, and I enjoy learning how things work. While my wife is watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island, I’m in the other room, watching “How it’s Made” on the Science Channel. On the weekends, I get a little wild and watch documentaries on the Smithsonian and History channels. I like to mix it up.

The point is, I like to understand what makes things tick. That way, I tend to appreciate them a little more. I’m not the least bit interested in keeping up with the Kardashians, or watching adults behave like ill-mannered adolescents on staged “reality” shows. I’d much rather know important things like, how Silly Putty is made, or how they put those little model ships into glass bottles. You know, life-skills type of stuff.

Being of curious mind, I’ve also found myself intrigued with radiant heat technology. Radiant heat is becoming more and more popular nowadays, for both interior (heated floors) and exterior (snow melting) applications. Apparently, the Europeans got a jump on us when it came to installing radiant heat in their homes. (Yes, I’m setting my grandiose American ego aside and conceding that the Europeans were way ahead of us in the home heating race.) I’m not sure why North America was slower to adopt radiant heat, but we’re certainly making up for lost time now. Radiant heated floors and heated driveways are rapidly becoming commonplace in today’s new homes. In fact, seeing so many heated driveways, and experiencing homes with heated floors are what piqued my interest in radiant heat.

But how do these systems work? Why are Americans making the shift to radiant heat? And is it true that radiant heat is the most efficient heating technology available today? These are just a few questions that launched me on my quest.  

Early in my investigation, I was surprised to discover how many different types of heating elements are available, and how they work with different floor types. Thin heat resistance cable was the only heating element that I knew about, but apparently, there are many, very different, heating elements, each with their own specific features and benefits.  

Heated floor and a heated driveway.
Heated floor with cutaway view and a radiant heated driveway with heated tire tracks.

Floor heating systems that use thin heating cable are probably the most popular. Most heat cable is available off the spool or pre-spaced in mats. I gotta say, these heating mats are slick. Ya just roll ‘em out over the area to be heated, and the adhesive on the back of the mat sticks to the subfloor. Needless to say, this makes installation quick and easy. System that use heat cable, s like ComfortTile, are ideal for heating stone, marble, and tile floors. And because the heat cable is thin, there is very little floor buildup. ComfortTile seems to be the cable of choice for many homeowners and installers. (It doesn’t hurt that the cable also has a 25-year warranty.)

There are also thin heating panels that can be installed under just about any surface, including hardwood, vinyl tile, linoleum, and more. One remarkable – and very popular – system is FilmHeat. FilmHeat utilizes ultra thin panels that are barely thicker than a sheet of paper. (The element is just 0.016-inch thick.) The heating element is used with an underlayment, and doesn’t even require the use of thinset or mortar. This makes for a clean and easy installation! A special version of this system, called RetroHeat, can also be used to install between floor joists. This allows homeowners to heat their existing floors! I love the idea of heating my floors without having to do any major renovations.

Special heat cable is also available for installation in concrete slabs. Because of its intended applications, the In-Slab heat cable is thicker, and more robust than other floor heating cables. It’s ideal for heating rooms in the basement.

Another unique floor heating system is the low-voltage FloorHeat STEP system. The system features thin, flexible polymer heating panels that have proven to be especially well-suited for heating hardwood floors.  

All these systems are incredibly efficient. In fact, 99 percent of the energy used by these systems translates directly into heat. There’s virtually no heat loss. In today’s environmentally conscious mindset, radiant heat is a winner. It’s clean. It runs on renewable energy, and it provides far more comfort than traditional furnace-blower heating systems. I also like the flexibility that radiant heat offers. I can heat specific rooms and areas as I see fit. Because each zone (or room) is controlled by its own thermostat, I have precise control over my home heat. The systems can also be programmed to accommodate my family’s schedule. (Hydronic floor heating systems are also available. A closed loop of PEX tubing is installed under the floor, and then specially treated water is heated and pumped through the tubing to warm the floor.)

FilmHeat for heating hardwood floating floors.
Rolls of the FilmHeat floor heating element.

When it comes to exterior applications such as heating driveways, steps, and walkways, etc., the most common heating element is durable heat cable. The ClearZone system is a favorite among professional builders, and can be customized to accommodate just about any layout and application. The systems utilize an advanced snow sensor activation device that detects precipitation and temperature so that the system is activated just as the first snowflake falls. The sensor signals a small controller that is typically installed on a wall in the garage, and then power is sent to the embedded heat cable. The driveway quickly warms so that snow is prevented from accumulating. After the snowstorm, the system remains on for a short time to dry the surface. This is a great safety feature that eliminates ice from forming on the driveway.

It’s no wonder that radiant heat has become the new standard for home heating and snow melting applications. If you’d like to learn more, call and talk with a radiant heat expert today, at 888-488-9276. The more you learn about radiant heat, the more you’ll like it. Or, you could just catch an old episode of Gilligan’s Island. Fortunately for the crew of the S.S. Minnow, they didn’t need to heat their bungalows. But if they did, I bet the Professor would have found a way to incorporate radiant heat.

A Company that Customers Trust

Investing in your home is one of the best ways to increase monetary value and pride of ownership. Every homeowner wants their home to have a beautiful exterior and amenities that make life easier and more comfortable. Warmzone offers many amenities for savvy homeowners, including heated flooring, roof de-icing systems, snow-melting systems for driveways, and more. Warmzone’s products can increase home value and make the job of “homeowner” a little easier.

Warmzone that respects and values its customers, and working with a company Warmzone can be invaluable. Customer service support services at Warmzone are unparalleled in the industry and assure that its customers get what they need for their home while keeping within their budget.

Customer support at Warmzone starts the second you browse the website. Information about the basics of radiant heat, from how it works to shipping information is readily available. A good place to start for any customer is Warmzone’s FAQ page. Found here, it contains answers to questions you may have when browsing the website. The FAQ page features questions about individual products, shipping, and a glossary to help you understand anything you may not know. You can also find articles and editorials here with practical information about radiant heat and its applications.

A heated paver driveway.
A long paver driveway with a Warmzone radiant snow melting system installed.

If you’re ready for more in-depth information check out the product literature page. Warmzone’s product catalog, data sheets, technical guides, system overviews, and other valuable documents are available here. This extensive library has any information needed for Warmzone products. Installation guides are also available here to not only make the entire process of buying a radiant heating system a breeze, but to give prospective buyers some insight in regards to the installation process. An online instructional video library is also available through Warmzone University. Here you will find a variety of informational videos. Videos feature everything from showing timelapse footage of snow-melting systems as well as installation how-to videos. Customers can revisit the video center as they see fit. This is another valuable service that provides customers with peace of mind.

In addition to providing a wealth of documentation, videos, and online information, Warmzone provides other support services that truly set it apart from the competition. One of the most valued services is Warmzone’s free installation training. Installers can take the training online, via web conference, where an experienced instructor will cover every aspect of your installation. The courses typically take about an hour, but you can stop and ask questions at any time. Photos, illustrations, and video clips are shown throughout the training.

When you purchase your system, Warmzone’s professional design team will create a detailed layout for your system. The system design will include all of the proper materials, design, and electrical information needed by your electrician. This is a valuable roadmap that simplifies the installation, and helps to ensure the system components are installed correctly.

Warmzone also maintains full-time installation support personnel. If you have a question during your installation, you can call Warmzone and speak with a friendly radiant heat expert who will help to resolve any issues at hand. We also maintain relationships with experienced installers around the country, so we may be able to recommend a trusted installer in your area.

The most important asset that Warmzone offers its customers is its staff of trained, friendly customer service professionals. When you pick up the phone and call Warmzone a customer support specialist will help you with any questions and concerns. Our dedicated team will help you find the right products for your project. Radiant heat experts will work with you to meet your needs and your budget.

Whether you are a homeowner or a business professional, Warmzone is the radiant heat expert you can trust. Warmzone’s commitment to providing the best, comprehensive customer service in the industry means you can rely on us and trust our products. Our comprehensive customer support services assure purchasing, designing, and installing each radiant heat system is as easy and hassle-free as possible. Find more information and links to mentioned services in Warmzone’s pressroom and get started with your radiant heat project today. If you have questions, or you’re ready to speak to a customer support specialist, contact us today at 888-488-9276.