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Winter is Coming, 4 Ways to Prepare Your Home

4 ways to prepare your home for winter

There are nearly 2 weeks left of summer but that hasn’t stopped advertisers like Kmart from launching holiday commercials. While it may feel a bit early to kick off holiday shopping, winter weather will be here before we know it.

Before the snow and ice come it’s a good idea to prepare your home for winter and wrap up any ongoing projects. We’ve put together some things to check for and consider.

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Tuff Cable in Invizimelt Panels for Roofs, Steps, Decks

Heatizon Systems is pleased to announce that one of its members, Steven D. Bench, was recently awarded a patent for a technology designed to remove snow and ice from the roofs of residences, and commercial and industrial buildings. Mr. Bench has assigned the manufacturing right for the product covered by the patent to Heatwave Systems L.L.C. d.b.a. Heatizon Systems.

InvizimeltHeatizon manufactures a complete line of radiant roof, snow, and ice melt products. The company’s radiant heating products are unique in the following four ways. First, they are designed to be installed under the roof covering material so they are permanent and not aesthetically distracting. Second, Heatizon Systems radiant roof snow and ice melting products totally remove the snow and ice off of the roof rather than melting just the eave line or merely providing a path for water like the traditional heat tape products. Third, they are engineered to last longer than most roof covering materials; and, Fourth, they are manufactured in the United States of America.

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Warmquest Snow Melt Systems Take Action

Slip and fall accident claims amount to 36 billion dollars a year and are the number one cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings with 70 percent occurring on flat and level surfaces. According to the Insurance information institute the average jury awarded individuals who slipped and fell at a retail store $220,730 per incident. These numbers are staggering, so maybe its time to ask your self, “Are my customers at risk every time there is snow or ice on the sidewalks, stairs, or access ramps in front of my business?

If the answer is yes, there is a solution, Warmquest. We would like to help you offer your employees and customers a clear, safe path to and from your establishment during the winter. We will do this by eliminating snow and ice with our top of the line  snow melting  products. So, whether it’s new construction or existing surfaces we have the system for you.  Below are a few reasons why one of our systems could be right for you!

Convenience Retire your snow shovel put away your salt bags by having a heated driveway snow melt system installed. Our radiant snow melting technology is designed to conveniently and automatically eliminate snow and ice build up day and night, so you don’t have to.

Worry Free Reliability The entire system is solid state, meaning there are no moving parts to wear out and requires no annual maintenance. Our heating elements are the most durable available and are backed by an industry leading 25 year warranty.

Cost Effective Our snow melting systems can be designed to operate only when necessary and can be programmed to turn on automatically when snow is falling using advanced temperature and snow sensing controls. The average running cost of the system, per hour, is less than 1/10 of a cent per square foot which makes it very cost effective to run.

Savings No longer will you need to purchase costly snow melting products like salt, chemicals and shovels. Never again pay an employee or third party to take the time to clear the snow and ice. The savings add up fast.

Value Your investment in a Warmquest Snow Melting System will set your mind at ease knowing your customers, employees, friends and family can avoid injuries sustained from slipping on ice walkways. An automated snow melting system eliminates shoveling or plowing which reduces expenses

ZMesh the Great!

by Steve Bench

When people associated with the radiant heating and radiant snow melting industry use the words “ZMesh”, “Golden Mesh”, “Z Mesh”, or just plain “Mesh” usually they are referring to a durable line of low voltage electric products made by Heatizon Systems and used for Radiant Roof Snow Melt and De-icing, Radiant Floor Warming and Radiant Heating.

Designed to be installed on and under sub-floors and on sub-roofs, ZMesh provides a nice uniform heat and it is plenty robust to satisfy the demands of discriminating radiant heat, radiant roof snow melting and de-icing, and radiant floor warming customers. In addition, gold colored, ZMesh delivers unparallel performance and is backed by an industry leading twenty-five (25) year warranty.

What about the nails, screws, and/or staples used to attach certain flooring and roofing materials? No need to worry about nailing, screwing or stapling through ZMesh as long as the nail, screw, or staple does not come into contact with anything else electronically conductive. In other words, ZMesh should never be installed over or under metal roof decking, valley metal, metal flashing, etc. or metal roofing materials such as steel or copper but its durable sister Tuff Cable may be installed over and under such products. ZMesh can be installed, however, under all non-conductive roof shingles and nearly all floor coverings.

Unlike its line voltage and hydronic radiant heating, radiant in-floor and under floor warming and radiant roof snow melt and de-icing competitors, ZMesh is very simple and easy to repair in the event it gets cut or damaged. Repairing ZMesh requires a customized copper splice plate and a bit of solider. No one else in the radiant heating, radiant floor warming and radiant roof snow melt and de-icing business can honestly make that claim.

How much floor build-up does ZMesh require? Since ZMesh is only 1/16th of an inch thick and does not require a bed of light weight concrete or other cementous material to draw the heat away from it the answer to this question is “very little”! As a result using ZMesh avoids the expense of a cementious mud bed, the cost of the extra structural integrity necessary to support the weight of the concrete and the challenges created by the need for the additional framing required by radiant high or line voltage and radiant hydronic or hot water alternatives. Once again, ZMesh requires little or no floor build-up.

For radiant in-floor and under floor warming and radiant heating applications ZMesh may be installed in the floor (on top of the sub-floor and below the floor covering) or under the floor between the joist space. As a matter of fact, Heatizon Systems was one of the pioneers of retrofitting its products into the joist space of existing structures.

ZMesh is a cut to length in the field product rather than a fixed length product like most all of its UL listed radiant line or high voltage competitors. The ability to vary the length of the ZMesh enables the installer to adjust the radiant in-floor heating, radiant roof snow melt and de-icing or radiant floor warming system to fit the area rather than requiring that the area to adjust to the radiant in-floor heating, radiant roof snow melting and de-icing or floor warming system.

Available in lengths that extend from 50 feet to 400 feet and widths of 9 and 12 inches, ZMesh is plenty versatile to satisfy the needs of most projects. In addition ZMesh has the ability to deliver up to 11.5 watts or over 39 Btu’s per linear foot so it is plenty robust to heat entire spaces, warm spacious floors, and manage the risks of ice dam related roof damage.

Heatizon Systems cares about its customers and their property as a result all of its products have been tested to UL Standards and has earned the privledge of being listed by ETL, an internationally recognized testing laboratory approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Heatizon Systems products are proudly manufactured in the United States of America and may be purchased by fine distributors located across North America.

Damn those Ice Dams!

by Steve Bench

Leaks in the attic? Stains on the ceilings? Damaged roof shingles after a long winter? You may be suffering from ice dams. This article is an explanation of ice dams and possible solutions to prevent them from occurring in the future.

Ice Dams

An ice dam occurs when the temperature at the base of the roof is below freezing, but higher portions of the roof are above freezing. We all know that heat rises, and that makes the apex of a roof the warmest part. Snow on the warmer portion of the roof will melt, flow down and freeze when it reaches the base of the roof, thus starting an ice dam. As more snow melts at the top of the roof, more ice forms at the base of the roof, and the dam increases in size. Eventually, the water stopped by the ice dam will back up and remain stagnant on the roof, or it will gradually seep into the building’s structure. Varying roof temperatures are primarily caused by heat loss from within a structure. Inadequate insulation, leaky ducts and poor ventilation are all contributing factors to this heat loss.

Solutions to Prevent the Formation of Ice Dams

Uniform roof temperature is the key to preventing the formation of ice dams. However, there are a variety of methods to ensure this unvarying temperature. The following is a list of options on how to prevent the formation of ice dams or minimize damage:

1. Install roof de-icing and snow melting system: A system is installed under roofing materials to provide uniform heat across the roof.

Advantages: fast and effective, maintenance free, roof retains aesthetic beauty

Disadvantages: costly

Note: An affordable, high-quality system may be purchased from Heatizon Systems.

2. Remove the snow from the roof and gutters: A person manually scrapes the snow off the roof before it forms an ice dam.

Advantages: inexpensive, immediate results in emergencies

Disadvantages: temporary fix, dangerous, may damage roof shingles, laborious

3. Increase insulation: More interior insulation prevents heat loss from the interior of a structure from reaching the roof.

Advantages: inexpensive, helpful in preventing ice dam formation

Disadvantages: not 100% effective, laborious

4. Seal leaks: Seal interior leaks to prevent air flow from inside a structure to the roof.

Advantages: inexpensive, helpful in preventing ice dam formation

Disadvantages: not 100% effective, laborious

5. Ventilate attic: A properly ventilated attic helps prevent moisture from building up on the inside surface of the roof.

Advantages: helps keep roof dry, helpful in preventing ice dam formation

Disadvantages: time consuming, laborious, not 100% effective

6. Install rubber-type sheets under roof shingles: These sheets protect against water that may leak through roof shingles.

Advantages: more leak protection, good alternative if better solution not possible

Disadvantages: expensive, does not prevent formation of ice dams

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