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Open space heating

Keeping ramps, stairs, sidewalks and driveways free of ice and snow

Ice and snow make many a ramp, stairway, walkway and driveway a slippery experience. With freezing temperatures, they present an increased risk for vehicle and personal accidents. Keeping access to your building free of snow and ice should be a priority.

With Kaizen open space heating systems we offer you robust and efficient solutions and create the safety to protect you from serious accidents and injuries in winter.

Areas of use / applications,Safe and slip-proof through the winter

Open space heating systems are used in all areas where, due to snow and ice, personal injury and property damage are to be prevented.

  • Ramps
  • Stairs
  • Walkways and bridges
  • Entrances and exits such as garage entrances or helipads
  • Private buildings such as terraces or paths to front doors
  • Commercial or industrial environments such as loading ramps

Functionality and structure of an electric open space heating system

The task of an open space heating system is to prevent the ground from freezing up. As a result of the heat generated, the overlying ice and snow will melt.

The system consists of  self regulating heating cables embedded in the concrete layer or in the sand substructure. Our Hmax and SnowMax series is not only very durable and designed for the most demanding installation conditions, but also offers on-site installation flexibility. The system is controlled by the intelligent and electronic ice and snow detector.

Comparison between an electric open space heating system and a warm water solution

Basically, there are two types of open space heating systems between which a distinction is made.

  1. Water-bearing open space heating: this often runs on fossil fuels such as gas or oil and is integrated into the central heating system.
  2. Electric open space heating: in this case, heating cables or heating mats are installed directly under the top surface of the floor area and are heated with electricity.

In a water-based system, the water must first be heated before the open space heating system becomes active. The electric open space heating, on the other hand, has a direct effect. Thus, the reaction of the electric open space system is much faster and long reaction times and high operating costs can be avoided. In addition, an electric heating system is easier and cheaper to design and to install.

Installation of an open space heating system

The installation of an open space heating system is done directly underneath the surface to be heated. In this case, the heating cables are installed as a loop at a small distance from each other. It is important to remove all unevenness at the beginning through or over which the heating cable will be pulled.

Depending on the type of application, the mounting and the exact laying of the heating cables may vary. Please refer to the installation instructions to determine which installation method is suitable for your application.

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