Welcome To Heat-Line
Heat-Line is a Canadian owned and operated company that specializes in developing and manufacturing the most advanced water pipe freeze protection systems using conductive polymer self-regulating technology. Heat-Line offers numerous products for applications including cottages, cabins, resorts, farms, mines, trailer parks, transportation vehicles, emergency service vehicles, pumper trucks, recreational vehicles, and off-grid (solar/wind).
We provide safe and economical freeze protection systems that are used in every region of Canada and the northern United States. Heat-Line's extensive line of innovative freeze protect products also offers a reliable no-freeze solution in areas of extreme cold like Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Dependable products that work no matter what the weather, like ArcticVent - designed to protect plumbing vent stacks from freezing, keeping vents open in temperatures below -50 degrees F.
All Heat-line products are CSA certified to Canadian & USA standards with appropriate field terminations factory installed. We are the only company to offer low voltage self regulating heat cable systems in both 12 volt and 24 volt applications for the transportation sector. Our products are used extensively in a variety of transportation applications for railway and mass transit, trucks and transport tankers, fire department trucks and pumps, RVs and motor homes, just to name a few.
Heat-Line is an advanced company that views frozen water pipe problems as opportunities and is always ready to embrace the challenge to develop or customize products. It is the mandate of Heat-Line that the purchase of a product is where the support begins - not where it ends! Our freeze protect experts are just a phone call or email away. At Heat-Line, necessity quite often is the mother of invention. Some of our most successful and innovative products have been developed and/or adapted to solve specialized freezing problems and work in particularly troubling and unusual applications. By turning to us to solve their own unique freeze protect problems; our customers have helped to make Heat-Line the fast growing Canadian manufacturing company that it is today.
Heat-Line specializes in all types of freeze protection including municipal and rural water pipes, roof and gutter, and plumbing vents. As you review the Heat-Line product group, you will see the unique style and engineering that is employed in every design.
All Heat-Line products are self-regulating, a far superior technology that is safer, more efficient, and much less costly to operate. For the first time, unlike other heating cable systems, Heat-Line self-regulating products allow the use of thermal pipe insulation. Insulation dramatically reduces the amount of energy required. Prior to Heat-Line and self-regulating heating cable technology, heat traced water pipe would never have been insulated because of the risk of over-heating and causing a fire. Self-regulating heating cables automatically adjust heat output so there is never any worry about under heating or overheating. Heat is applied only where and when it is needed, further reducing energy costs.
Not only do Heat-line products provide a cost efficient freeze protect solution, our energy efficient heating cable systems are eco-friendly as well. Since Heat-line's self-regulating technology delivers heat only when required to maintain water from freezing at any given time, energy is never wasted. Depending on the product selected, Heat-Line products can use as little as 0.5 watts per foot or as much as 9 watts per foot in harsher climates. Energy efficient thermal pipe insulation further reduces energy consumption. Persevering energy not only saves money, but is environmentally responsible.
There are also many smart heating cable freeze proofing situations and custom applications that Heat-Line can solve that you may not have considered before. For example, they are now building threshold heaters for the transportation industry and they have created a low voltage heater for a specialized diesel engine application that in combination with a hydrogen injection technology reduces fuel consumption while reducing emissions by up to 40%. On farms, a common problem is livestock water sources that freeze up during the cold winter months. Heat-Line provides pipe, bowl and trough heating systems for this agricultural application. They have freeze protection systems for mobile firefighting valve and pump equipment that allow fire services to carry on with confidence even in the coldest weather situations. Recently they started supplying pipe freeze protection for www.powerloo.com outdoor pet waste disposal systems. Or how about commercial freezer door and walk in freezer perimeter anti icing cable systems. The applications and uses for reliable freeze protection is almost endless. Gone are the days when users were at the mercy of failure prone cheap hardware store heat tapes. Heat-Line pipe freeze protection is self-regulating, energy efficient, safe and reliable.
Along with cost-effective operation, Heat-Line products offer maintenance reliability as well. 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. The heater core contracts microscopically, as the surrounding ambient temperature cools. Resistance decreases and power output increases as the result of this contraction. 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.
Roof and gutter de-icing is a serious problem for commercial building, factories, schools, farms, apartment buildings and homes in Canada. Dangerous icicles and ice dams can cause extensive damage to roofs and gutter systems, resulting in costly repairs. Paladin, our award winning cable that employs self-regulating heating cable technology, can be used for roof and gutter de-icing. This roof protection product can be used in conjunction with EDGE-CUTTER channel flashings or in the conventional serpentine configuration using roof clips. The system de-ices gutters and roofs, allowing gutters, drainpipes and downspouts to do their job maintaining drain paths for water.
Paladin, an award winning cable that employs the superior performance and operating characteristics of Heat-Line self-regulating heating cable technology, provides exceptional ice freeze protection for roofs. To avoid the many serious problems and damage caused when roof ice is allowed to form; Paladin can eliminate roof edge ice build-up, eave icing, icicles and ice dams. The most effective ice protection system that is both reliable and energy-efficient, Paladin can be installed on cottage roofs, home roofs, resort roofs and farm roofs, or any other structure that requires roof ice prevention, roof de-icing and gutter de-icing. For increased energy efficiency, snow sensors, thermostats, timers or other approved devices can be added to the system. Paladin can be used in conjunction with EDGE-CUTTER channel flashings or in the conventional serpentine configuration using roof clips. As well, for applications where the Paladin system may not be suitable, installations may be customized using Heat-Line Cut-to-Length heating cables.
EDGE-CUTTER channel flashings are designed to prevent ice build-up, icicles, or ice dams on the roof edge and are used in conjunction with Paladin for Roof freeze protection heating cable systems. EDGE-CUTTER channel flashings are installed under the leading roof edge using screws, nails, or adhesives. Each 4 foot aluminum flashing is feathered and has a channel to accommodate the Paladin self-regulating heating cable. EDGE-CUTTER can be used on a wide variety of roofing products, including asphalt shingles, aluminum, steel and slate. This product is suitable for both residential roof ice control and industrial /commercial roof ice protection.
CARAPACE is a high performance, professional product designed to provide energy efficient municipal water pipe freeze protection and domestic water pipe freeze protection. It offers a reliable, cost-effective alternative to blasting and excavation and is the only product Heat-Line recommends for use with constant pressure water supply systems. In rural Canada, where the frost line is deep, rocky terrain can make water pipe deep excavation difficult and expensive. With CARAPACE, there is no need to excavate below the frost line or blast rock, saving time and money. CARAPACE provides superior thermal heat transfer and unsurpassed energy efficiency when combined with thermal insulation and a thermostat. Currently providing efficient freeze protection in the Canadian Arctic and other harsh environments, the system has also gained wide recognition in Canada's mining and exploration industry.
Looking for a low voltage heat protection solution? Heat-Line's Kompensator is a self-regulating heater that is available in 12 volts or 24 volts. Available up to 100 feet in length, the Kompensator draws only 3 or 5 watts per foot at 50°F. The Kompensator, a low voltage heater that is compatible with battery use, can be customized and can be designed specifically to suit a customer's individual requirements. Kompensator can be used to freeze protect water supply pipes and other metallic and non-metallic pipes. Kompensator is used in the transportation industry, mining industry and off-grid applications.
Widely used in Canada and throughout the circumpolar regions of the world, ArcticVent is the only CSA approved solution for plumbing vent stacks freeze protect against extreme cold temperatures. Prolonged cold temperatures result in plumbing stacks to ice up and form a blockage as warm moist air rises, condenses and freezes. ArcticVent eliminates this ice blockage where it exits the roof of a building. ArcticVent can be used under continuous power for freeze maintenance or powered when required to thaw a frozen plumbing stack. No other product combines the features ArcticVent or offers same exceptional reliability. It is the most energy efficient system freeze protect on the market. Currently ArcticVent is at work, offering vital plumbing vent freeze protection at the top of the world at the Eureka Nunavut Weather Station, the closest weather station to the North Pole. Located on Ellesmere Island, winter temperatures at the weather station can dip below -55° F (-48° C).
At Heat-Line, one innovative product leads to another. Two winning Heat-Line products that combine to make freeze protection of existing waterlines easy are Retro-Line and Reel-Line. These original products are another example of Heat-Line seeing a need and then finding a solution. Heat-Line introduced Retro-Line, a product that freeze protects existing (CSA 75 PSI or CSA 100 PSI) polyethylene water supply lines without having to remove them. An internal heat tracing system, Retro-Line can be used in a variety of water supply pipe applications including, residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural. To improve energy efficiency, additional insulation and an optional thermostat may also be installed. Designed to work with Retro-Line, Retro-Reel was developed so that Retro-Line could be installed easily. This remarkable dispensing system makes installing Retro-Line an absolute breeze, while also providing protection to the heat tracing system from mechanical damage during installation.
If you have a unique application of any kind, call and speak to the Heat-Line Technical Support Team to personalize a system for your own unique requirements. We are dedicated to offering our clients the most effective pipe and waterline protection, product satisfaction and service excellence. Our committed to ongoing research, constantly striving to improve freeze protection systems and heat line efficiencies and to develop new heating cable products, puts our Canadian Heat tracing cable manufacturing company at the forefront of freeze protection technology. We are proud that Heat-Line's heat cable systems play a role in making people's lives a little easier with reliable freeze protection, especially in the most severe cold climates.
If you have not been able to find a viable solution that will protect your valuable equipment, water pipes or water systems from freezing in sub zero temperatures, we invite you to call us to discuss how Heat-line may be able to help with a customized freeze protect system. Some of our best products have been developed through working with our clients on personalized solutions to freezing. The Arthur Heater Kompensator is just one example of an effective freeze-protect product that Heat-lines' technicians developed after a customer telephoned with a problem that needed an innovative solution to keep his fire department's equipment from freezing in sub zero temperatures.
The Arthur Heater Kompensator is a low voltage, high performance freeze protection system for fire trucks and portable pumps. Named after Fire Chief Blair Arthur who contacted Heat-line with a request for a product that would keep his fire department's water tanks and pumpers from freezing, the Arthur Heater Kompensator employs conductive polymer core technology to reliably keep discharge valves heated, insulated and protected from freezing. The Kompensator applies only the required energy from the vehicle's electrical system to minimizing loads. This innovative product is now used by fire departments throughout North America.
At Heat-Line, as manufacturers and distributors of quality freeze protection systems, we are committed to maintaining the best possible relationship between tradespersons and the end users of our products. Our TradeCard Program was developed as a means of connecting end use customers with knowledgeable and professional contractors, while satisfying us, as the manufacturer, that our highly technical products have been installed correctly and in a professional manner. We firmly believe that an equitable business exchange and complimentary service lead to fair profits and satisfied customers. We invite all professional trades persons to apply for a TradeCard and become part of a superior way of doing business.
For people who live in climates where the temperature can drop below freezing for extended periods of time, dealing with frozen water pipes can be aggravating, time consuming and expensive. Everyone knows that when temperatures dip below freezing, water freezes. Water will freeze in unprotected water pipes just as quickly. Frozen water pipes are most commonly found in exterior walls and where the pipes enter the home or building at the ground level. When you first become aware that you have a frozen pipe, turn the water faucets open to help melt the ice that has built up. This will help to defrost bits and chunks of ice inside the pipe. Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen water pipe. You can safely use a hair dryer or an electrical space heater to blow hot air at the pipe. Also, an electric heating pad or blanket can be wrapped around the frozen pipe to speed thawing. If you don't have access to the frozen pipe, you either have to wait for the pipe to thaw on its own or call a plumber. If freezing has damaged the water pipe, you will be calling a plumber regardless. Of course you could avoid all this trouble by properly protecting your water pipes from sub-zero temperatures with Heat-Line so that pipe freeze-up is virtually eliminated.
While burst pipes are usually covered under standard homeowner's insurance policies, no one wants to deal with the inconvenience and the mess caused by a broken water pipe or a frozen sewage line. According to ISO, water damage and freezing accounted for approximately 22 percent of all homeowner's insurance claims in 2007. ISO also reports that the average claim for water damage and freezing nationwide was $5,531 from 2003 to 2007. With a little preparation and common sense, homeowners can reduce the likelihood of a frozen pipe or destructive roof ice build-up from ever occurring. First and foremost, the installation of the very best freeze protect systems; Heat-line products, should be a priority for homes, farms and businesses in Canada, or anyplace where the temperature dips below freezing. Maintaining an alternative heat source will insurance that, should the primary heat source fail, there will still be some heat in the building. Adding extra insulation to basements, crawl spaces and attics will stop heat from escaping and prevent outside snow and ice from thawing and refreeze causing roof ice damage. A routine check of pipes for cracks is another way that you can prevent damage from a broken water pipe.
For our customers' convenience, Heat- Line offers a selection of accessories to complement and enhance the operating capabilities of Heat-Line's many quality freeze protection systems utilizing our exclusive superior self-regulating heat cable technology. Customers, contractors, builders and engineers can order accessory freeze protect products directly from Heat-Line. We carry accessories such as thermostats, insulation, ground fault electrical protection devices (GFEPD), a wide range of Philmac® compression style fittings, roof clips, cable guards, foot value stands, submersible pump stand kits, and pump and pressure system packages. Use Heat-Line's freeze protection system accessories to further improve the performance of al Heat-Line's freeze protection systems and to optimize energy efficiency.
At Heat-line we are proud that our customers can count on Heat-line products to perform above expectations. We have the most extensive line of advanced freeze protection products that provide the most reliable freeze protection in Canada, the United States and around the world. Since 1988, Heat-line has been dedicated to producing superior freeze protection systems, using self-regulating technology, ground-breaking designs and quality materials. We are continually coming up with exciting new ideas and developing new applications that utilize our unique self-regulating heating cable technology. We are always working to improve our products and strive to keep up with the latest scientific advances in order to remain the industry leader in freeze protect solutions.
All Heat-line products are manufactured under our own strict quality control guidelines because product excellence is important to us. From the beginning, our foremost priority has always been to produce freeze protect products of the utmost quality, safety and reliability. Every Heat-Line heating cable product is approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for approvals in both Canada and the United States. Heat-Line's freeze protection systems, unlike most heat cable products, will not overheat because our exclusive self regulating technology controls the amount of heat required. Not only does this insure that water never freezes, it prevents dangerous overheated cables and pipe. With this safety feature, pipes can be insulated without fear of overheating, reducing heating costs.
Over the years, Heat-Line's innovative inventions have been recognized throughout the industry and have received many awards for our ground-breaking freeze-protect products. We proudly accepted the Canadian Hardware and Housewares Manufacturers Association (CHHMA) award for "Best New Canadian Product" for our Paladin heating cable and EDGE-CUTTER channel flashings. As well, the Canadian Hardware Retailers Association (CHRA) presented Heat-line with the Innovative New Product Award for our Paladin and EDGE-CUTTER advanced water pipe freeze protection system. Lorne Heise, inventor and President of Heat-Line was honoured to be nominated by the prestigious E.C. Manning Awards Foundation for ArcticVent, a device which prevents roof vents from freezing in the coldest climates.
At Heat-Line, our family of reliable freeze protection products is the best in the industry.
We offer pipe freeze protection solutions that are efficient, effective and environmentally friendly. Unlike other systems, the technology behind Heat-Line's exclusive self-regulating heating cable systems, uniquely allows the use of thermal pipe insulation, setting the standard for excellence in water system freeze protection. Our self-regulating cable technology reduces energy consumption by automatically adjusting the temperature of cables heat output.
Pipe freeze protection, roof-de-icing and heat pumps are generally not things we think too much about during the hottest months of the summer. However, the best time for home owners and business owners, to start thinking about safeguarding their water supply lines from freezing, and protecting their valuable assets from ice damage, is before winter's deep freeze up is upon us. The spring, summer and fall months present the ideal time to install Heat-Line's many state of the art freeze protect products, well before freezing temperatures can do any damage to homes, factories, farms, businesses and cottages. Installing your Heat-Line freeze protection system before winter hits just make sense. Not only will you enjoy the full benefits from our superior heat cable systems that employ self-regulating cable technology all winter long - from the minute the thermometer dips below zero, installation is a whole lot easier during the non-winter months. By example; in cases where excavation is required for product installation, digging before the ground freezes is quicker and easier than attempting to breakthrough hard frozen ground and is less costly labour-wise. As well, the spring, summer and fall months are better for installing roof cables, as accessing the roof during the winter can be dangerous.
With all Heat-Line self-regulating freeze protection systems, the use of a thermostat is optional. Heat-Line offers two cCSAus approved thermostats - the HLJ-Stat and the HTLN. A 120 volt plug in device, the HLJ-Stat requires no field wiring. The HLJ-Stat comes complete with an 18 foot sensor lead and is pre-set to maintain the Heat-Line system at 50°F / 10°C. Available as a 120 volt or 240 volt product, the HTLN thermostat comes with a 25' sensor lead (a 100' sensor is available). HTLN requires installation by a qualified professional and can be set based on specific freeze protection requirements. Heat-Line thermostats are designed to duty cycle the heating system in an ON/OFF operation. Depending on application, thermostats and insulation can boost performance and optimize energy efficiency by as much as 80 percent.
Heat-Line is a division of Christopher MacLean Limited.
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