7 Steps to Understanding Heat-Line Energy Efficiency
- Prior to Heat-Line and self-regulating heating cable technology, heat traced water pipe would NEVER have been insulated as it would overheat, melt and intensify the risk of fire.
- As these pipes were not insulated, a huge amount of heat energy was required to prevent freezing.
- Heat-Line self-regulating heating cable systems increase heat output with cold but more importantly, decrease heat output with warmth. This way, every Heat-Line system is designed to prevent over-heating of pipes while maintaining them from freezing.
- This technology uniquely allows the use of thermal pipe insulation for the first time!
- A pipe protected with thermal insulation needs only a tiny fraction of the heat energy once required; even in the coldest environments.
- Add a thermostat and the energy required is further reduced to the lowest possible standard.
- It is this ability to insulate water pipes that has made Heat-Line a leader in the freeze-protection industry.
Self-Regulating Heating Cables
All Heat-Line products are self-regulating. The benefit of self-regulation is that unlike resistance wire or zone heaters, there is no worry about under heating or over heating, even when insulated. The self-regulating heating cables automatically adjust heat output at each point (microscopically) along their length.
Self-regulating heaters reduce energy costs do to the fact you can insulate your pipes. This way, the power output is applied as a function of pipe heat loss verses ambient temperature. Heat is applied where and when it is needed.
How Heat-Line Products Work For You
Heat-Line products offer cost-effective operation and maintenance reliability. The unique, self-regulating technology enables each Heat-Line product to vary its power output in response to temperature at every point along its length. As the temperature increases, Heat-Line products automatically decrease their heat output, and vice versa. The result is energy savings, when heat is not needed and rapid heat increase when heat is necessary. Heat-Line continually compensates for temperature fluctuations.
Self-Regulating, Conductive-Polymer Technology
All Heat-Line heating cables are specially blended combinations of polymer and conductive carbon that create electrical paths between parallel buss wires at every point along their circuit. As the surrounding ambient temperature (water or air) cools, the heater core contracts microscopically. This contraction decreases resistance and increases power output. The resulting increase in power output - and thus heat - compensates for installation variables.
As the heating cables warm, the cores expand microscopically. This heater reduces its power output. The reduced power output minimizes operating energy costs and eliminates maintenance costs due to hotspots, or burnout's. Heat is supplied safely and efficiently only when and where needed.
Time and Money Saved
By compensating for installations and operating variables such as voltage fluctuations, heat sinks, and ambient temperature changes, Heat-Line systems save time and money when compared with constant wattage heating systems.