Commissioning A Large Roof Heating System

Commissioning A Large Roof Heating System

As temperatures begin to fall, our technical experts are conducting site visits to test and commission ice and snow melting systems installed during 2014.

Commissioning and testing recently took place at a large industrial building in the UK, preparing a roof and gutter heating system for use this winter. The process involved technical representatives from Heat Mat attending site during ‘switch-on’, and surveying the system using a thermal imaging camera. By visually scanning the system, our team can assess if the heating cables are performing as expected and heating the factory roof.

By using thermal imaging cameras an assessment of the output can be made, allowing us to see if the desired temperature is being reached.

This particular roof is divided into distinct zones and controlled by an intelligent building automation system (BAS). Every Heat Mat roof heating system can be integrated into a BAS or controlled by a number of specialist thermostat and sensors we supply.

As part of the commissioning process we attended site to sign-off the system and double check the cable heat was consistent in all four zones. Melt water was noted to be running off into the desired channels, and along heated gutters or downpipes.

For large or complicated projects our technical department will carry out spot checks on cables in our test facility, to ensure they are heating as expected. We also visit site during the specification process, throughout install and then post install to commission the system.