Category Archives: Snow Melting

Troubleshooting Low Voltage Radiant Heating Systems

control boxes2As winter arrives across North America, home and business owners are firing up their Warmquest heating systems. Warmquest’s products are known for their low maintenance nature and dependability, however like any electrical system glitches can occur. In the rare event that the system does not operate as expected, we have compiled some tips to troubleshoot our low voltage Tuff Cable and ZMesh systems.

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Heating an Elevated Metal Platform

metal-deckA recent Warmquest project called for heating an elevated metal platform to prevent ice buildup and protect patrons from slip and fall hazards. The elevated deck was constructed of steel plates fastened to a grid of beams and supports.

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For Snow Melting, Tuff Cable Can’t Be Beat

heated asphalt drivewayWhen it comes to snow melting, Tuff Cable is a step above the competition. While Warmquest carries several products that will clear snow and ice very effectively, Tuff Cable is our premier product for a number of reasons.


Easily Installed

Tuff Cable can be cut to length in the field. This greatly simplifies the installation process, and provides additional flexibility for those installing the system.


History

Low Voltage Tuff Cable has been in use for nearly 40 years. It is a proven product that has been adapted to meet a wide range of project needs around the world.


Longevity

In its 40 year history, Tuff Cable has shown to be a durable and lasting product, providing effective snow melting, floor warming, and roof deicing for decades. In the rare case that something does go wrong, Tuff Cable is easily repaired.


Warranty

Tuff Cable comes with an industry leading 25 year warranty, providing clients with confidence that they are getting the best product on the market.

Tuff Cable has a long successful history of snow melting and has earned its place as our leading solution. For more information visit our Tuff Cable page, or give us a call at 877-877-4724.

Snow Melting: Mats or Cables?

heated sidwalkWarmquest carries two different free-flowing cable systems for snow melting applications. Why cables instead of pre-sized snow melting mats that can be rolled out over an area? Let’s take a look at the benefits of Tuff Cable and Hott-Wire.

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3 Radiant Heat Myths

Myth #1: Wood Floors Cannot be Heated radiant heating myths

A popular misconception is that hardwood floors are impossible to heat. Beliefs that the wood will dry out, crack or warp when heat is applied are common. Fortunately, these concerns are all easily mitigated by proper installation of both the hardwood floor and the radiant heating system.

When installing wood floors, the hardwood should be properly acclimated in the home prior to installation. When adding radiant heat, this acclimating process should be continued by gradually bringing the floor up to the desired temperature following installation.

The other concern with heating wood floors is the process of nailing the floors down. You shouldn’t nail through or otherwise puncture cables or tubing. At Warmquest, we avoid this by using ZMesh by Heatizon Systems. One of the unique features of ZMesh is that it can be nailed through during installation of the wood flooring. This makes for easy installation under most any floor covering.

Myth #2: Hydronic Heating Systems are Less Expensive

The choice of what heating system to use will vary depending on the desired results, project needs, and other circumstances. Pricing however is less of a factor.

Electric radiant heat is 100% efficient as opposed to boiler systems which idle and continue to use energy. Electric radiant heat also produces an even heat throughout the system, where hydronics experience cooling as liquid moves away from the boiler. Electric systems have no moving parts and require no maintenance, while hydronic systems require seasonal maintenance. Additionally in the event something damages the system, electric heating elements are more easily repaired.

Myth #3: Adding Radiant Heat Requires Removing the Existing Floor or Pavement

Want to heat your floors or driveway? You don’t have to tear everything out.

For floor heating, ZMesh can be retrofit into the floor joists and insulated to provide heated floors above. This allows for heated floors, without the need to redo your floors.

Heated driveways can be retrofit into existing concrete and asphalt. Saw cuts are made, and the cable inserted and then sealed.

What other myths have you heard about radiant heat? We’d love to debunk them!

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