Gathering Site Information
- Size and layout of area – Be sure to properly measure the area to be installed to ensure the proper sized SnowMeltz® system has been purchased. Also plan how power will be run to the area and/or met to the cold lead(s).
- Geographic Location – Depending on the geographic location of the installation area, some adjustments made have to be made during the installation, such as: layout configuration, drainage, heat output, obstacles, etc.
- Cover or cap material and thickness (1.5” minimum) – SnowMeltz® MUST be embedded in either concrete, asphalt, or sand underneath pavers, ensure the system is at least 1.5 inches from surface.
Determine the Voltage and Amperage
The available supply voltages include 208V, 240V, and 277V.
Ensure based on the voltage and size of system(s) being used,
that there is enough available amperage available.
Important: Operating SnowMeltz® at voltages they are not designed for will damage the system and void the warranty.
Plan the design*
Determine the optimum SnowMeltz® Mat layout for the heated area to ensure coverage. Determine where the cold lead (20 foot) will join to a junction box, panel, or activation device. When installing multiple systems, be sure to plan layout for multiple cold leads being run to the same location. Use included grid (back of the manual) to layout the SnowMeltz® system(s).
- Make certain to plan for the movement of water created by melted snow.
- The transition joint between the heating element and the cold lead must be embedded in asphalt, concrete, sand, stone dust, or cementitious material. Do not bend the heating cable within 3” of cold connection.
- Activation Devices are the eyes and ears of the heating system. Location is important. Please reference installation and operation information in the activation device product literature. Some activation devices may or may not require a different voltage than the heating cable.
- Consult Heatizon Systems for any other questions.
ASHRAE, NEC, and Heatizon always require the use of jumpers through joints. Never extend the heating cable through any joint in asphalt and/or concrete without a jumper. Determine the number of joints in order to determine the number of Jumper Kits required for the project. Always jumper joints using the appropriate jumper kit provided by Heatizon Systems.
When laying out SnowMeltz® in concrete where jumpers will need to be used, best practice is to minimize the number of times the heating element will cross joints. Ideally, arrange the layout so that the mat fills one section of the concrete (between joints) then crosses the joint(s). The best solution for jumpers is to use the jumper Kit supplied by Heatizon (Heatizon Part #MICABJMPKIT), it includes components for four jumpers.
CONCRETE JOINTS AND USING JUMPERS
Control Joints: Control Joints are intended to control where the slab will crack and are placed either in fresh concrete or saw cut in after the concrete is poured. Spacing of these joints will vary depending on the size and shape of the slab. Use the Cable Jumper to protect the heating cable when crossing control
Construction Joints: Construction joints are a common result when multiple concrete pours are completed at different stages during construction. Use a Cable Jumper to protect the heating cable when crossing construction joints.
Expansion Joints: Expansion or Isolation joints result when concrete is isolated from something else which can be concrete, a wall, column etc. When an expansion joint is used between two concrete slabs the two structures are not connected using rebar, therefore movement can/will occur between them. Do not cross expansion joints with the heating portion of the cable. The cold lead portion of the cable may cross expansion joints as long as the cold lead is buried under or sleeved with conduit at the bottom of the joint.