Vernon, BC. June 24, 2013 - tekmar Control Systems, a Watts Water Technologies company, has added two new products to its Snow Melting performance series to offer better options and flexibility to HVAC system designers. The Snow Melting Control 654 and the Snow Sensor 095 are now available for purchase and orders will begin shipping tomorrow.
The Snow Melting Control 654 is a new communicating control designed to operate electric or hydronic equipment to melt snow or ice from any surface including driveways, walkways, patios, business entrances, parking ramps, loading docks, hospital entrances, helipads or car wash bays. The surface temperature for snow melting is controlled automatically to reduce operating energy costs. The 654 has an automatic start and stop function when used with the Snow/Ice Sensor 090 or 094. Automatic start with a timed stop is available when used with the Snow Sensor 095.
The Snow Sensor 095 is an aerial mounted sensor that detects falling snow and allows a tekmar Snow Melting Control to automatically start the snow melt system. System stop is provided by the control’s timer or by manual disable. The 095 is well suited to adding automatic start to an existing snow melt system and complements the existing line of in-slab Snow/Ice Sensors 090 and 094.
“In-slab snow and ice sensors are still the best option for detection; however for installations where the in-slab snow and ice sensor 090 or 094 were not installed, the new Snow Sensor 095 makes automatic start of an existing snowmelt system possible,” said Greg Leupin, sales & marketing manager for tekmar. “The option to mount this sensor anywhere after installation makes this sensor a perfect retrofit solution,” added Leupin.
Snowmelt systems are one of the fastest growing applications in hydronic heating. Design and installation are relatively easy when you have the right information, the right design, and the right control strategy. The systems can be installed for convenience, as a reliable and economical alternative to snow removal, and for necessity, where safe, clean, and easy access is critical. Snow and ice melting systems can be used in a variety of applications and a proper control strategy should be designed with the customer's intention and expectations in mind.
The Snow Melting Control 654 is unique because of the new features that are now possible for better snow melting control. Some of the features include tekmarNet communication to easily integrate into a tekmarNet HVAC system, tandem snow/ice detection to ensure system reliability is maintained, econoMelt to give a customer the option to save costs, storm to pre-heat a slab for upcoming bad weather, zoning and priority to operate zones differently depending on requirements and tracking to gain functionality in all zones with only one Snow/Ice sensor installed. Paired along with the right sensor option, the 654 features the best in snow melt control.
To learn more, view the Snow Melting Control 654, Snow/Ice Sensor 090 and 094 and Snow Sensor 095 product pages.