Safe-T-Cover offers heaters for aluminum enclosures to maintain freeze protection in even the harshest environments. To keep your device at a steady, warm temperature, you should consider a heater. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about heating aluminum enclosures.
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Most heaters in the industry are wall mounted. This method, in addition to being noncompliant with the ASSE standard, is simply unable to deliver the same amount of freeze protection as is provided by a floor heater. Because of the door configuration, wall heaters must be mounted to one side. And because they do not meet the wet/damp requirement, they must be mounted at a minimum of 12” off the slab. Remember that heated air always dissipates straight up, so these heaters’ warmth channels straight out of the top of the enclosure long before uniform warmth is achieved.
On the other hand, a slab mounted heater provides heat to both the internal equipment as well as the up to 16 inches down into the riser pipes beneath the slab. These heaters will maintain an interior temperature of 40° with an outside temperature of as low as –30° as is needed to meet ASSE 1060 requirements. Safe-T-Cover’s patented slab mounted heaters are certified for wet/damp conditions. This is obviously necessary for waterworks equipment and really any enclosure that is not water tight. This unduplicated, rugged design has proven reliable for backflow preventer protection in severe environments for years.
We do offer a self-regulating heat cable. This heater type is wrapped around the backflow device. However, most enclosure manufacturers only provide the heat cable option for small diameter pipes only.
Be Prepared is the Boy Scout motto which means you should always be in a state of readiness. Here is how you can make sure you're prepared if the power fails in the middle of a cold winter day. The first and foremost way to prepare against freezing pipes is to know the power has failed at the enclosure. We offer three different power and temperature failure alarms. There are simpler models with a light and alarm, and systems with remote monitoring and cell phone alerts. The second way you can be prepared is to have a plan in place to provide some type of heating for the enclosure if it looks like the power might be out for an extended period of time and the temperatures will be below freezing while the power is out. A 9,000 BTU portable propane heater will more than replace the output of a 2,000 watt electric heater.