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ProLine Offers New Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Controller

Working with construction professionals throughout the country, ProLine Radiant strives to offer contractors the most trusted and technologically advanced products available. In keeping with this commitment, ProLine has added the new Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Controller to its vast product offering.

The principle advantage of the Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Control Unit is its Wi-Fi functionality. The Wi-Fi capability allows the controller to communicate the status of the system to the user, who can choose how they would like the system to proceed.

For example, if the system is activated, it sends a notification to an app on the user’s phone. The user can then choose to ignore it and allow the system to run, or turn it off if desired. The controller will also send you a notification if a problem with the system’s activation device is detected. ProLine adds convenience and efficiency with the innovative Wi-Fi snow melting system controller.

Wi-Fi snow melting system controller
The ProLine Wi-Fi snow melting system controller.

The Wi-Fi snow melting system controller works with an aerial-mount or in-ground snow sensor to automatically detect snow or ice and activate the system to prevent any snow from accumulating. The unit is compact and can be easily installed on a wall in the garage or utility room.

Wi-Fi Control Unit Features:

  • Automatic snow/ice detection
  • Operates hydronic or electric on/off systems
  • Supports multiple zones with priority
  • Compatible with both in-slab and retrofit aerial sensors
  • Tandem snow/ice detection
  • Warm weather shut down
  • Cold weather cut off
  • Idling and manual storm for quick response
  • Automatic software updates
  • EconoMelt function

ProLine radiant snow melting systems are fully automated, so they operate only when needed to efficiently prevent snow and ice from accumulating on walks, parking areas, driveways, steps and more. The automated systems include an advanced in-ground or aerial-mount snow sensor (activation device) that detects temperature and precipitation. When weather conditions warrant, the system activates, preventing snow and ice from accumulating. ProLine electric snow melting systems are also maintenance free, and can be installed in a variety of mediums, including concrete, brick and stone pavers, and hot asphalt. The versatile snowmelt systems are commonly installed in a wide range of residential as well as commercial snow removal applications.

ProLine offers a wide variety of radiant heat solutions, including snow melting, floor heating, roof de-icing, and pipe trace systems. For more information about ProLine products and industry-leading customer services, call a friendly representative today, at 866-676-9276.

Easy-to-Install Snow Melting Systems

Boost Your Bottom line by Offering Radiant Heat

ProLine Radiant has been providing the components and designing radiant snow melting systems for a variety of applications over the years. From installing radiant heat in commercial parking structures and residential driveways to sidewalks, steps, loading docks, and even runaway truck ramps, we’ve provided radiant heat solutions for just about every snow melting application imaginable in just about every cold weather region in the U.S.

Consumers choose to install snow melting systems for several reasons. Some are business owners who realize that installing an automated snow melting system makes good business sense. Many commercial installations are intended not only to eliminate the need for manual snow removal, but to enhance safety for the clientele. Being fully automated, radiant snow melting systems provide reliable snow removal whenever needed, ‘round the clock. This way, patrons are assured of having clear walkways to and from the business entrance and parking areas.

Heated paver driveway

Other customers opt for radiant heat because they are unable to manually shovel the snow due to physical/medical limitations. Others need to heat their driveway because it is on a steep incline. Doctors and emergency response personnel need to be able to exit driveways quickly, regardless of the weather, and radiant heat has proven to be ideal under those circumstances. And of course, there are some projects that fall into the “luxury” category.

Regardless of the customer’s need, ProLine customizes each snow melting system to best meet the customer’s specific needs. We do not take a “one size fits all” approach. And every system is designed to ASHRAE standards to ensure that customers receive the most effective and efficient snow melting solution for their location, layout, and snow melting needs.

ProLine also provides industry leading system design services. The AutoCAD drawings not only show a detailed layout of the cable and components, but include all the necessary electrical information, such as the proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc.

In addition to its unmatched customer services, ProLine uses the industry’s top controls for its snow melting systems. Typical heated driveway systems utilize the WS-2C aerial-mount snow sensor (activation device). The small unit features a moisture sensor at the top and a temperature sensor at the bottom. When the activation device senses precipitation and the temperature is below the designated set point (usually 38°-39°F), the unit signals the contactor panel and power is sent to the heating cable. (The UL listed contactor panels are available with or without GFEP included. This is an excellent cost – and time – saving option for electricians.) As power is sent to the resistance cable the driveway surface is warmed, preventing any snow buildup.

The advanced WS-2C snow sensor is mounted outside in the open where it is exposed to the weather. To ensure that the sensor is able to make accurate temperature readings, it is important to mount it away from the house where furnace vents, dryer vents and other sources of heat can affect the sensor’s temperature reading.

ProLine aerial-mount snow sensor
An aerial-mount snow sensor for automated snow melting system.

Maintenance Free Snow Melting System

ProLine electric snow melting systems have no moving parts so they are maintenance free; however, it is recommended that the sensor be powered down and the small sensor grid be wiped clean with clear water once every 4 months.

Electric radiant snow melting systems can be easily customized. This way, regardless of the consumer’s needs, the system can be designed to accommodate just about any layout, snowmelt demand, and budget. While each snow melting system is tailored for its specific installation, some general layout options include:

Heat the Most Trafficked Areas – Rather than heating the entire driveway, some owners choose to heat only the areas that receive the most traffic. An 8-foot strip in the middle of the driveway or a 2-foot strip down the middle of a sidewalk may be all that the customer needs/wants. This still allows clear access for vehicles and/or pedestrian traffic, but brings down the installation cost as well as operational costs.

Heat Two Tire Tracks – Another affordable option (that also requires considerably less power) is to heat two 24-inch wide tire tracks. This is a popular solution for customers with limited power or a limited budget. Not only does this make the installation more affordable, but the layout also demands less power, making it more affordable to run.

Heat Problem Areas – Some areas are prone to ice buildup or are on a steep incline. Radiant heat can be installed to keep the incline (or shaded areas) clear of snow and ice to enhance safety as well as convenience. This is especially beneficial for those with driveways that run downhill and into a busy road.

ProLine radiant snow melting systems are fully automated, so business owners can be assured that customers can safely enter and exit the premises during snowy days. There’s no need to have employees shovel or go outside at odd hours to clear and salt the walks. When a snowstorm hits, the radiant heat system will activate and keep the walks clear. After the storm passes, the system will remain on for a short time, drying the area and preventing ice buildup before shutting off. Because this “after run” feature provides safe walking areas for customers, it greatly reduces the chances of business owners being on the receiving end of personal injury lawsuits.

Support Services

Don’t forget, ProLine is the innovative wholesale leader when it comes to prices, products, and customer service. Installers not only receive premier products and a detailed layout with all the necessary technical information, but they can talk with a radiant heat expert any time and receive technical support whenever they have a question during the installation. ProLine Radiant also hosts a library of helpful installation videos on its website. Check out ProLine’s Installation Videos here.

ProLine also provides free installation training. Installers receive personal training and can complete the installation course at our facility or online (via Webex™) at their own pace. Electrical and design experts are on hand to personally train you and answer any questions you may have during the training and/or the installation. ProLine believes in long term relationships and stands by its customers to ensure that the system is installed correctly and according to warranties, and that the customer is satisfied.

For more information, or a free quote, contact ProLine today at 866.676.9276.