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In 1996 Heatizon Systems was Founded – But What Else Happened?

Heatizon was founded in 1996 and we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. As we reflect on the experiences we have had over the past 2 decades, we thought we’d look back at 1996 and see what other events shared our anniversary.

Do you remember any of these?

In The News

  • The Unabomber arrested
  • Dolly the sheep is the first mammal successfully cloned
  • OJ Simpson Trial begins
  • Bill Clinton reelected President of the United States defeating Bob Dole
  • Musician Tupac Shakur shot


  • Apparel company Under Armour founded
  • Networking company Netgear founded
  • Medical information website WebMD launched
  • Steve Jobs returns to Apple, which he helped found years prior


  • The first season of Major League Soccer (MLS) held
  • Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, GA
  • Dallas Cowboys win Superbowl XXX


  • Cable news channels Al Jazeera and Fox News Channel launched
  • Disney acquired ABC


  • Mission: Impossible and Independence Day released
  • Braveheart wins Best Picture at Academy Awards

A lot more happened in 1996 and much has happened since then, we at Heatizon are grateful for the successes we’ve seen in the last 20 years and look forward to many more!

Distributor Spotlight – Comfort Radiant Heating

Our next distributor spotlight is here! We spent some time with Russell Hacker from Comfort Radiant Heating to talk about Heatizon Products in the Northeast. 

A Heatizon distributor since 2005, Comfort Radiant is headquartered in Clifton Park, NY. For over a decade Comfort Radiant Heating has sold, designed and installed radiant heating systems throughout the Northeast. While Russell primarily serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Comfort Radiant supplies materials to contractors and homeowners throughout the United States.

“A Full Service Radiant Supplier”

“We are a full service radiant supplier. From original design and layout through installation of floor warming and primary heating systems, surface snow melting and roof deicing systems” says Russell. In addition to the design and install work Comfort Radiant directly performs, they also offer onsite consulting and installation training for contractors working with Heatizon products. Russell also adds “We assist architects in the designing of custom projects to guide them through a project where they may be unfamiliar with the system’s functionality…”

Comfort Radiant has worked on many notable projects over the years. Russell highlighted a few of his favorites for us:

  • ZMesh roof deicing under membrane on the East Greenwich Middle School in Rhode Island

  • Custom designed, hand laid river rock over a Floorizwarm system

  • Tuff Cable floor warming under a marble foyer

  • A Tuff Cable retrofit heated driveway recognized by as “one of the coolest driveways in the U.S.”

Unique and Reliable Products

“Heatizon’s unique low voltage products are unsurpassed in the industry.” Russell says, as he explains that the flexibility of ZMesh and Tuff Cable often make them not only the best option for his clients, but in many cases the only option for unique and challenging applications.

Russell continued “Heatizon follows this up with excellent technical support. If we have a question, they are there to answer it.”

Our distributors are key to our success. Their knowledge and expertise allows customers to have the best experience possible working with our range of electrical radiant heating products. We are grateful for our longstanding relationship with Russell and Comfort Radiant and look forward to seeing what they tackle next.

Distributor Spotlight – Warmquest

As we at Heatizon Systems celebrate our 20th anniversary, we recognize that we would not be where we are now without our wonderful distributors. As part of commemorating this milestone, we would like to feature and highlight each of our distributors over the year.

This month, we sat down with Shawn Wright, Sales Manager at Warmquest, to talk about our oldest and largest distributor.

Located just outside of Salt Lake City, UT, Warmquest began selling, installing and servicing Heatizon products in 1998. In the past 18 years, Warmquest has worked with clients across North America to provide Heatizon products for projects large and small.

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Heating Things Up For 20 Years

Heatizon, pronounced “Heat Is On” began manufacturing its unique line of low voltage radiant heating products nearly 20 years ago in 1996. In the years since then we have added a whole range of products for snow melting, floor and space heating, and roof deicing. From our industrial grade GutterMelt Self-Regulating cable to our DIY Heatwave floor warming mats, Heatizon has a system for any radiant heating project.

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ZMesh Under Hardwood Flooring

12” ZMesh Heating Element is the ideal system for heating under hardwood floors. ZMesh can be installed directly under the hardwood flooring. Nails or staples to hold the hardwood covering may be driven directly through the ZMesh as long as the nails or staples do not come in contact with any other metal object.

Allow the Hardwood to acclimate to the humidity level by bringing in the Hardwood several weeks before installation. This will minimize dimensional changes due to moisture. Install the ZMeah Heating Element to the subfloor and run a continuous continuity check to make sure the Zmesh is not damaged or shorting to something conductive. Let the System run for 2 to 3 days before nailing or stapling the Hardwood to the subfloor. It is very important to check with the manufacturer of the Hardwood before installing.

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Radiant Heating System is All About Comfort, Warmth

As Seen in – Deseret Morning News
By: James Carpenter

Steve Love, a Salt Lake resident, is the owner of Hidden springs Ranch, a multi million dollar adventure resort located high in the hills east of Nephi in central Utah. His lodge was built from the ground up, using the finest materials available, including wood floors, tile and beautiful stone areas.

To bring comfort to the floors, Love installed an in-floor radiant heating system. “I wanted a heating system that would provide my guests with the most comfortable available, but that wasn’t too complex and didn’t require a lot of maintenance,” Love says.

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ZMesh Radiant Heat

By Steven D. Bench
Managing Member
Heatizon Systems

When people associated with the radiant heating industry use the
words “ZMesh”, “Golden Mesh”, “Z Mesh”, or just plain “Mesh” they are referring to a
durable line of low voltage line 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 deicing, and radiant floor warming customers. In addition,

  • ZMesh – is gold in color and marquee in performance.
  • ZMesh – can withstand nails or screws as long as they do not short it to metal.
  • ZMesh – is made of durable bronze and warranted for 25 years.
  • ZMesh – is simple and easy to repair if it is cut or damaged.
  • ZMesh – requires little or no floor build-up.
  • ZMesh – can be installed under all non-conductive shingles and nearly all floor coverings.
  • ZMesh – is a cut to length in the field product rather than a fixed length product.
  • ZMesh – can be retro-fitted between floor joists from an unfinished basement or crawlspace.
  • ZMesh – is used for radiant heat, radiant floor warming, and radiant roof snow and ice melting.
  • ZMesh – is available in 9 and 12 inch widths and lengths from 50 to 400 feet long.
  • ZMesh – is plenty robust to heat entire spaces and eliminate ice dams.
  • ZMesh – has been tested to UL Standards and is listed by ETL.
  • ZMesh – is made in the United States of America.
  • ZMesh – is a term that has been trademarked by Heatizon Systems.

Heatizon Systems products are manufactured in Murray Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, and are marketed across the United States and Canada.

Heat Trace, Heat Tape or Something Else?

By Steven Bench

I received a telephone call this morning from a prospective customer wanting to
understand the difference between Heat Trace, Heat Tape, and GutterMelt. After
explaining the differences to him it occurred to me that perhaps others are confused so I
decided to write this article.

Heat Trace and Heat Tape are generic terms for a family of electric heating cables that
are designed to keep pipes from freezing, maintain the temperature of the contents of
pipes and melt snow and ice off of roofs and in drains, rain gutters and downspouts.
Some of the products in this family are designed to be installed inside of pipes and others
are designed to be wrapped around the outside of pipes, valves, and instrumentation.
Obviously the Heat Trace and Heat Tape products designed for rain gutters, downspouts
and on roofs are designed to be exposed to the elements including the rays from the sun.

Within the family of electric heating cables referred to as “Heat Trace” or “Heat Tape”
are Constant Wattage cables and Self Regulating cables. As you might have already
concluded Constant Wattage cables always put out approximately the same watts per
linear foot regardless of the temperature of their surroundings. The wattage output
per linear foot of Self Regulating cables on the other hand, varies dramatically as the
temperature surrounding the cable changes. As a matter of fact the wattage output of a
length of Self Regulating cable may vary as the temperature surrounding the cable varies
along its length.

The various brands of Constant Wattage Heat Trace or Heat Tape cables come in many
different quality levels and price points and are generally fixed in length. Design
longevity, temperature tolerance, and wattage output all dramatically affect quality and
price. Within the Constant Wattage segment of Heat Trace or Heat Tape, prices range
from less than a dollar to several dollars per foot, and life expectancy ranges from a year
or two to 10 or more years. The wattage output of Constant Wattage cables varies from a
few watts per foot up to 50 plus watts per foot.

Self Regulating cables are generally cut to length in the field products and like Constant
Wattage cables they are available in many different quality levels and price points. Like
Constant Wattage cables, the quality and price of Self Regulating Heat Trace or Heat
is dictated by the design longevity, temperature tolerance, and wattage output. These
cables generally have wattage outputs ranging from 3 to 24 plus watts per foot in a
certain medium (air, ice, water, etc.) and at a certain temperature.

Given that multiple outputs and many different types of cables are available on the
market much is to be gained to contacting an expert in the field when determining which
cable will best satisfy the objectives of your project.

Electric Floor Warming and Radiant Heating In California

By Steven D. Bench, Heatizon Systems

California’s Building Energy Standards, Title 24, Part 6 allows for the use of electrical radiant floor warming and electrical radiant space heating products whenever said products meet the definition of “supplemental heating.”

So what exactly is “supplemental heating?” According to the Building Energy Standards for the state of California “supplemental heating” is heating which is: (a) not the primary space conditioning system (defined as that system used in energy compliance analysis); and, (b) installed in an area that is also directly served by the primary space conditioning system. Of course common sense and the Building Energy Standards require that the primary space conditioning system have sufficient capacity to condition the entire building or home.

In other words, anytime the primary space conditioning system does not have sufficient capacity to condition the entire building or home, and/or the primary space conditioning system does not directly serve the space where the electrical radiant floor-warming or electrical radiant space heating product is to be installed, then said products are not considered “supplemental heating” and they must be included in the energy performance analysis to comply with the Building Energy Standards. As a result, the energy use of electrical floor warming and space heating products installed in areas such as bathrooms, that do not have supply vents from the primary space conditioning system, must be included in the energy performance standards compliance analysis.

The fact is that electric resistance space conditioning is difficult to justify as the primary space heater in California. The reason for this is that California uses source energy as the measurement for efficiency. As a result, even though electric products generally have energy efficiencies of 99 percent or greater, the efficiency of electric radiant floor warming and space heating products are reduced by the inefficiency of generating and delivering the electricity to the point of consumption.

The good news is Californians can enjoy the comfort and cleanliness of electric radiant floor warming and space heating anytime they have a primary system that has sufficient capacity to condition the entire space and the space is directly served by the primary system.

Why Should You Consider Radiant Heat?

As the cold months approach and temperatures drop, every home owner is faced with increasing power bills. It is costly to maintain warmth throughout your home if you are using a conventional furnace as your main heating source. Radiant heating offers many benefits and the decrease in your power bills is just the beginning!

Radiant heating products like ZMesh and Tuff Cable offer a clean, quiet alternative to traditional heating systems. That means no more cold floors, drafts, heat loss and no more cold or hot spots in a room.

Our radiant heat products can be installed in new construction or worked into any type of remodel or retrofit.

Using a low voltage electric radiant system, like Tuff Cable, means that 99% of your energy is used for heating and there are no moving parts or service required. Tuff Cable and ZMesh can be installed in any size room and each room, or zone, is operated by a thermostat that you can program. Just set it and forget it! Heatizon systems are self-regulating – you set the temperature for each zone and you never have to worry – and that means smaller power bills, since you are not heating rooms you are not using.

ZMesh and Tuff Cable are both made from recycled materials in the United States of America. They also come with a 25 year warranty, are 100% efficient and can be controlled by thermostat or sensor. You can cover them with virtually any type of floor covering – hardwood, stone, tile, laminate, linoleum or vinyl. Just imagine the feeling of getting out of bed stepping on warm floors!

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