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HEAT MAT’S Ice And Frost Prevention System Is A Hit With Animals 

Burgess Hill underfloor heating company Heat Mat has found a new gap in the market for its ice and frost prevention system: keeping animals warm.

Heat Mat’s 7mm underfloor heating cable is commonly installed in screed under paths, driveways, terraces, ramps and walkways to prevent frost and icy conditions and to help melt snow. Fully approved and tested for outdoor use, the heating cable is available in power outputs of between 80W/sqm and 400W/sqm and is designed to heat paved, tiled, concrete and other surfaces from below.

Because it prevents slippery conditions underfoot, Heat Mat cable is the ideal solution for organisations with public ways, such as businesses, schools and nursing homes.

However it’s also increasingly popular with animals and their owners.

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (www.zsl.org) in the Chiltern Hills, Heat Mat’s 210W/sqm cable has been embedded into a fake rock lookout in the Cheetah Rock enclosure.

The cable was covered with a concrete screed to protect against the elements and the animals. Heat Mat’s thermal i-primer was used to reduce downward heat loss and temperature sensors were embedded into the screed. Thermostats were fitted so that the temperature of each rock could be independently controlled.

Says Malcolm Fitzpatrick, curator of mammals at ZSL: “These rocks have proved a big attraction for our cheetahs who love to sit on them and under them, enjoying their heat in the winter.

“Being on the rocks provides the animals with a prime vantage point to survey their domain. It also means the visiting public can get a great view of the cheetahs on the rocks at all times of the year.”

Heat Mat’s 7mm outdoor heating cable has also been used to heat dog kennels and catteries, as well as a house for giant tortoises and a roof space for bats. The company has recently had interest from a terrapin owner looking for a way to heat his terrapin pool, and from a large donkey sanctuary.

“We hadn’t expected our underfloor heating cable to be used by animals but we’re delighted it’s keeping them warm,” says Heat Mat director Dave Green.

“We enjoy working out how our products can be used in innovative ways and getting involved with more unusual applications. Our ice and frost prevention system is easy to install and clearly has many diverse uses.

“Indeed we have enquiries from the zoo and veterinary sectors each year and our technical department always welcome a new challenge.”

Heat Mat’s 7mm in-screed cable is available to the professional installer market from £16 per square metre for an output of 200W/sqm.

Heat Mat also produces a range of industry-leading underfloor heating mats for indoor use. These are available in a variety of outputs that can be laid under various floorings, including tiles, stone, solid wood, carpets and vinyl.

They include 200W/sqm sole-source heating systems and fully earthed under-laminate ranges. All Heat Mat systems are BEAB and Semko approved and come with a lifetime guarantee.

Email: sales@heatmat.co.uk


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