“What type of floor covering can I use with radiant heat?” This is a fairly common question and in most cases, it is the wrong question. At Warmquest, we don’t believe that your flooring choice should be limited by your radiant heating system.
The right question should be, “what type of flooring do I want?” Warmquest encourages homeowners to consider their flooring preference when selecting a radiant heating system. In fact, one of the perks to low voltage radiant heating is the ability to tie different heating elements together into a single system.
With the variety of heating options available, Warmquest is able to heat just about any floor covering effectively and efficiently. Our low voltage ZMesh is particularly unique as it easily heats hardwood, engineered wood, laminate and carpeted surfaces. Our assorted cables and mats are perfect for heating tile, stone, concrete and other surfaces.
The Warmquest team can work with you and the stakeholders on your project to design a radiant heating system that meets your needs. This includes your preferred flooring types. Using the precision control granted by electrical systems, combined with the latest in sensors and thermostat technology, a Warmquest system can bring comfort and luxury to your home while embracing and enhancing your flooring preferences.
One of the many strengths of electric radiant heat is the simplicity of repairing the heating element if something ever goes wrong. Warmquest works with unique, low voltage products which offer a significant benefit in the ease of installation and repair. This grants Tuff Cable and ZMesh incredible longevity, allowing these systems to handily outlive their 25 year warranties and frequently the surfaces they are installed beneath. The life span and reparability granted by these systems is a significant factor in the choice to use low voltage snow melting, floor heating, or roof deicing products.
Electric radiant heat benefits from being solid state, with no parts to wear out or maintain. The heating elements are generally protected as they are covered or embedded. In the rare situation that something does need to be repaired, Warmquest’s low voltage products make things simple.
How much does a heated driveway cost? The Warmquest team believes in options and customization, so there is no single answer to this question. This article aims to review several of the factors involved in determining the amount.
Customization vs One Size Fits All
Let’s start by looking at the various options for electric driveway heat. Roll out mats, with heating cable entwined in a woven mesh are a common option. The downside to these mats is they are designed as a one size fits all system. Climates and applications demand varying amounts of heat. Customization and free flowing cables allow you to provide the heat needed without wasteful excess. Many mats are designed to provide significantly more heat than a typical snow melting solution requires. The heat needed to keep your driveway clear is most likely less than the heat required to clear a hospital’s helicopter pad. In a similar matter, the heat needed to clear a driveway at 2,000 feet in the Great Plains will be less than the heat required to clear a sidewalk at 11,000 feet in the Rockies.
With Warmquest’s tailormade approach, a heating system can be designed for the most economical solution for any individual project. Our experts use regional climate and geographic data to determine the amount of heat needed and design a system that gives the user maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
Installation costs vary from project to project. One expense is the removal and new pour of the existing surface. An alternative to demolition is a retrofit installation. Saw cuts are made and cable installed and sealed into existing asphalt or concrete. This allows for the benefits of a heated surface without the effort and expense of removing the existing surface.
With technology advancing at an ever faster rate, there are a number of ways to activate and control your heated driveway. Costs will fluctuate depending on the option chosen. Options run from manual switches to automated temperature and moisture sensors.
You can heat a variety of surfaces and the cost of installing will vary from material to material. Warmquest can give you specific details and recommendations for the most effective installation method for your individual project.
One last installation expense to consider is the amount of power available. For some large systems, additional breakers may need to be installed.
Size of Project
It should be apparent that larger projects tend to cost more. Something to consider though is the reduced cost per square foot as the control units approach their upper limit of heating element. As the maximum amount of heating cable is installed per control unit, cost is maximized. The Warmquest team guides customers through selecting the most efficient and cost effective approach for the project under consideration.
If cost or power become limiting factors our team has a variety of options. Some customers are able to provide the access they need with heated tire tracks, walkways, or paths for vehicles. There are a variety of solutions available and Warmquest is happy to help you find the best option.
Snow melting systems are becoming more common and accessible. Contact the Warmquest team at 877-877-4724 to get information and pricing.
With 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.