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.
Hidden Springs Ranch heats its 7,500 square feet of flooring with a state-of-the-art, low voltage heating system manufactured locally by Heatizon Systems, LLC. Heatizon uses what it calls “ZMesh,” a bronze wire mesh used to conduct low voltage electricity throughout the floors.
According to Mike Bench, the manager of the local Heatizon installation team, “The ZMesh is flat, almost like a screen door material, and is so simple that it can be stapled down to a wood sub floor or glued to a concrete slab. “Nearly every type of floor covering available can be placed on top of it, including tile, hardwood, carpet and slate. This makes the system easy to retrofit into existing homes and ideal for finishing a cold basement.” The flexibility and simplicity of Heatizon system, he continues, are not the only benefits.
“The system’s solid state design with no moving parts means that maintenance is minimal. Many of the systems that have been installed in the last twenty years have never even needed a service call,” Bench says.
The low voltage aspect also makes the system 100 percent efficient. The low voltage also makes it one of the safest systems available on the market, conforming to UL standards.
After a fun day of snowmobiling and snowshoeing, our guests tell us they absolutely love walking around in their stocking feet, just to feel the warmth,” Love says. “In the mornings, when they get out of bed or the shower, they tell us it’s so nice when their bare feet meet warm, comfortable floors instead of a cold surface.” Heatizon Systems manufactures a complete line of quality low voltage products for roof deicing, snow melt in driveways and sidewalks, and its newest system, the “Floorizwarm” for smaller areas.
The most visible of these products is the Tuff Cable system that is used to heat driveways in new pour or retrofit applications in asphalt, concrete and pavers. “This system eliminates the need for salting and shoveling during the winter, as well as reduces risk of accidents that often occur during the colder months,” says Paul Hilbig of Heatizon RHS out of Provo. “This is the same system used on UTA’s TRAX access ramps, the Old Town Transit Center in Park City, the new LDS Conference Center at Temple Square, as well as residential applications.