A self-regulating heating cable is an electrical wire that produces heat. They are often used for pipe freeze protection and roof and gutter deicing, but can be used in a wide range of applications. They are also energy efficient, reducing your carbon footprint.
How to Connect a Self-Regulating Heating Cable
When it comes to protecting your pipes, gutters, and roofing from snow and freezing temperatures, there are a few things you need to consider. First, you should choose the type of heating cable system that is best for your needs.
One of the most popular choices is a self-regulating heating cable. Self-regulating cables adjust their power output to compensate for changes in temperature. They are much more energy efficient than constant wattage cables.
They are also more durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. They are perfect for both residential and commercial applications.
How to Install a Self-Regulating Heating Cable
A self-regulating heating cable uses a conductive polymer heating matrix that is inserted between two parallel copper bus conductors. As the cable is heated, the polymer expands to make more electrical paths in the heating matrix. Increasing the number of electrical paths increases the cable’s overall power output. This process is reversed when the cable cools and electrical paths become shorter, lowering the overall power output.
This is done to prevent a buildup of flammable gases, which can cause fires and explosions. In addition, the conductive polymer helps create an effective grounding connection between the heating cable and the electricity that powers it.
Insulation is a crucial part of any heat trace installation. If you are looking for a quality product that will hold the heat in and not allow it to escape, look no further than BriskHeat Silver Series insulation. These insulated pipe and tubing insulators come in different thicknesses and are designed to fit straight pipe or tubing and fittings such as elbows and tees.
In order to keep your heat tracing cable safe, it is important to make sure that you follow all the proper installation instructions. Be sure to check the cable’s manufacturer’s installation guidelines and project designs for additional information.
To ensure proper installation, begin by placing the heating cable in the correct position along the lower half of the pipe. Use a heat or fiberglass tape to secure it in place every 6″ to 1′ back toward the power source. If you are installing more than one cable, ensure that you space them properly so that they do not cross each other or touch.
Next, connect the heating cable to your thermostat with a splice. Splices are available in both metal and plastic versions, so you can choose the one that is best suited for your application.
Then, attach the splice to the other end of the cable using heat or fiberglass tape. Be sure to place a piece of insulation over each splice as well. The insulation protects the splice and prevents moisture from entering your system.