When you hear about radiant heating what do you picture? Many people think of pipes beneath the surface, carrying hot water or some other fluid. While it is true that hydronic systems may be used for floor warming and snow melting, another tried and true method is electrical radiant heating. Electric radiant heating utilizes electrical resistance and has many benefits and advantages that are discussed throughout our website. Today we will look at resistance heating and its many uses.
When is the last time you benefited from electric resistance heating? Have you used an electric stovetop in the last 24 hours? How about a hair dryer? These and many other everyday items utilize resistance heating. As electricity flows through the heating element, the resistance of the coils, wires, or cables creates heat. Resistance heating is 100% efficient as all of the electricity is converted to heat.
Have you ever used a heated seat in a car? Cadillac introduced the first heated car seats over 50 years ago. Think about that the next time you are hurtling down the highway in a modern automobile. When automotive manufacturers wanted to provide heated seats they turned to electric resistance heating.
Warmquest supplies and installs industry leading electric radiant heating products which are tested to the highest standards. Warming floors and spaces, deicing roofs, and melting snow, all with the simplicity and convenience of resistance heating. The same technology that allows your seats to warm safely and comfortably can be scaled up and used to heat your entire home, prevent snow and ice problems on your roof, and keep your driveway clear. Our unique, cutting edge systems accomplish all of this with a small footprint. No boilers or heavy equipment are needed, a small control unit or relay panel is all it takes. By its very nature electric radiant heating is low maintenance and efficient. Systems are either on or off and do not need to idle, they have few moving parts and require no regular maintenance.
RCI Show 2017
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 12:18
Warmquest is pleased to be exhibiting at the the 32nd Annual RCI International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. The RCI show brings together roofing and waterproofing professionals and has always been a great experience for our team.
This years RCI show is March 18th and 19th. The Warmquest team will be set up at booth #736 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Come by for a look at our unique line of invisible roof deicing systems or to discuss snow melting and floor warming.
Warmquest provides electric radiant heating solutions to projects across worldwide. Our unique line of products includes the only systems listed for deicing beneath roofing materials. We also provide exterior snow melting and interior floor and space heating products. With decades of expertise the Warmquest team can provide design and installation assistance for any commercial, industrial, government or residential project.
Flat Roof Snow and Ice Prevention
Friday, 10 February 2017 12:51
Flat roofs can provide many unique challenges. In addition to ice dams and icicle buildup, snow load, drainage, and maintenance access become larger concerns. Fortunately, Warmquest can provide solutions for managing snow and ice on flat roofs.
Total Roof Deicing: Pairing Under Roof Systems with Gutter Tape
Friday, 23 September 2016 16:32
Much has been written about Ice Dams on our blog. Causes, symptoms, preventative measures, and more have been detailed previously. While there are many things you can do to combat the buildup of ice and snow on the roof of your home or business, there is only one total solution.
Warmquest is proud to carry the ONLY roof deicing products tested and listed to UL standards for installation beneath the roof surface. Our ZMesh and Invizimelt under roof deicing systems provide a heat to virtually any portion of your roof. Rather than loose cable systems strewn over the top of the roof, ZMesh and Invizimelt spread heat evenly over entire portions of your roof. This gives you complete deicing, removing snow and ice from the entire heated area.
With Invizimelt or ZMesh you can heat any trouble spot on your roof. Eaves, valleys, flat roofs, crickets, dormers and any other area where snow and ice accumulates can be kept completely free of snow and ice.
Now that your roof is clear, complete the system by pairing it with industrial grade GutterMelt for the gutters and downspouts. This self-regulating cable keeps melting snow and ice flowing all the way to the ground.
GutterMelt can be paired with ZMesh and/or Invizimelt to form a comprehensive system. Combined with a snow sensor and a gutter sensor, the system can be activated when snow first falls and set to run until the water has flowed off the roof and out of the gutters. This combination is extremely effective for thoroughly eliminating ice and snow problems from your roof.
When you want to do more than manage or remove ice dams. Talk to the Warmquest team about how to prevent them completely!
When is it Too Cold to Install Radiant Heat?
Friday, 16 September 2016 14:55
As winter approaches it is time to finish up most construction and renovation. However if you are thinking about adding radiant heat, whether for snow melting, floor warming, or roof deicing, you may have time yet.
Mother nature can limit installation of Warmquest’s products, but it’s not as bad as you might think. Read on to learn what can be installed in the cold of winter.
Heated Floors and Spaces Weather won’t halt the installation of these interior systems. Warm up your toes and enjoy the luxury of radiant heat by installing a system at any time!
Snow Melting Systems
If that first snowstorm of the season is what it takes to remind you how much you hate shoveling, then you are in luck. Snow melting systems can generally be installed in cold weather. Plan for a nice dry day and get that heat in! You would want to check with your concrete or asphalt contractor on any limitations for pouring new surfaces. Retrofit installs only need to be warm enough for the sealant to cure. Our team can advise on proper conditions for a retrofit installation.
Heated roof systems is one application you might have to wait till spring for. Pulling your roof off in the middle of winter to install ZMesh or Invizimelt may not be an option. However if Ice Dams have got you beat, our GutterMelt can be installed all winter long. GutterMelt may not provide the comprehensive solution of an under roof system, but it is very effective at controlling ice dams and providing a path off the roof for melting snow and ice.
Don’t let the cold stop you from adding radiant heat. To get project specific recommendations and guidance, call one of our experts at 877-877-4724.