Category Archives: Radiant Heating News

Pipe Freeze Protection

Pipe HeatingElectric radiant heat has many applications, interior heating, exterior snow and ice prevention and almost limitless project specific applications. One use that may not be as flashy as heated driveways and ice free roofs, but nevertheless has critical uses is pipe freeze protection.

If you have ever had a pipe freeze in your home than you can appreciate the benefits of pipe trace heating. There is a large need for freeze protection at commercial and industrial facilities featuring large complex systems of pipes and drains.

Warmquest utilizes Out-Pipe, an industrial grade self-regulating cable for pipe warming. This 5 watt cable features a 10 year warranty and provides a long lasting, flexible solution to freeze protection. Self-regulating cable adapts to ambient air temperature, producing more heat as the air around it gets colder. This makes it the perfect heating element for freeze protection. As temperatures drop and the liquid in pipes is threatened with freezing, the cable produces additional heat to keep things flowing.

Out-Pipe self-regulating cable is cut to length in the field, making for easy and flexible installation. Warmquest also supplies a variety of accessories to complete any system. Our team of professionals can design a customized system for any project large or small in order to keep things flowing.

Solar Power and Heated Driveways

heated-stamped-concreteWith the increasing accessibility of solar power, many people are installing solar panels for their home or business. Solar can offset costs or in some circumstances eliminate the need for the grid altogether.

With the growing popularity of residential solar panels, we have seen an increase in the number of calls related to solar power and heated driveways and sidewalks. So can you power a heated driveway with solar panels on your roof? How can solar and electric radiant heat work together to create a more efficient system? Let’s take a look.

Solar Panels, Batteries and Electric Snow Melting
The challenge with solar power is the need for sunshine, something that is generally lacking during a winter storm. The solution to this is often to store power using batteries. Unfortunately, today’s batteries just don’t have the capability of sustaining the power needed for a snow melting system. Think of how quickly your car battery dies if you leave the headlights on. Electric snow melting may be efficient, but it certainly requires more power than a set of headlights.

Heating a large area like a driveway will require more power than a battery can provide. With panels and batteries ruled out it may seem that combining solar and electric radiant heat is a bust, however there is a way and it works brilliantly.

Pair Solar Panels with the Grid
The solution to using solar power for heated driveways is to not use solar to directly power heated driveways.

Allow us to explain. In many areas, homes and businesses can install solar panels and reap the benefits of solar power while feeding excess power generated back into the grid for credits. This means that during sunny times you may be earning credit that can lower costs overall.

With the power of the grid, you can easily operate heated driveway equipment. Solar comes into play as an expense cutting measure that provides savings to offset the cost of your heated driveway.

To learn more about solar power and radiant heat, contact our team at 877-877-4724 or visit the links below.

Ice Dams: Lessons Learned From The Northeast

Ice Dams NortheastMother Nature has not been kind to the Northeast the last few years. Hurricane Sandy brought destruction and damage in 2012, while the winter of 2013-2014 featured a “polar vortex” descending over much of the Midwest and Northeast. Last year New England recieved record snow, and a lengthy period of low temperatures. This resulted in significant damage to homes and businesses, largely from ice dams and other roofing issues.

An ice dam forms when melting snow and ice refreezes on the roof, typically as it moves over a cool eave, into a gutter, or in shaded areas like dormers and crickets. If not properly dealt with, an ice dam can cause water to make its way inside the structure.

As preparation for winter 2015-2016 wraps up, we take a look at some of the lessons learned last year.

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El Nino Could Bring Increased Snowfall

snow-loadSummer may be in full swing, but winter is coming, and signs are ramping up that it is going to be a wild one. An El Nino event has been underway in the Pacific Ocean, and weather experts are wary about what this will bring come wintertime.

El Nino occurs when the temperature of the Pacific warms above average for a lengthened period of time. It recurs cyclically, usually every 2-7 years. El Nino currents are tied to a variety of weather happenings. Typically, these weather patterns bring above average precipitation to many areas of North America, especially in the Southwest.

Media coverage of El Nino events often focuses on the rain received in lower elevations, however higher elevations can also expect to see significant snowfall. Past events have seen Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and California see significant snowfall. Each El Nino varies in its impact, some have contributed to increased snowfall along the East Coast.

With a big winter in store, now is the time to prepare your home and business. For information on how our snow melting, roof deicing, and floor heating systems can help you beat the winter blues, visit: http://www.warmquest.com/radiant-heat-applications

Radiant Heat meets the “Smart Home”

Floor-Warming-Activation-Devices

Smart home technology has been in the news for a few years now, and is growing in popularity. With new developments coming regularly, the “connected home” is becoming less of a buzzword and more of a reality.

This technology, paired with electric radiant heat, allows for some exciting options to better manage cold weather. Heated floors, heated driveways, and heated roof deicing systems can all be connected to home automation systems.

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