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We’ve analyzed thermodynamics and applied it to roof ice melt systems. What is Thermodynamics? It is the science of energy conversion, in this case heat conversion and heat transfer. Optimizing heat transfer is key to an energy-efficient ice melt system. You do so by following the 4 RULES:
The 4 Rules of Thermodynamics as applied to roof ice melt systems:
- Minimize heat lost downward to the roof deck due to surface contact.
- Maximize heat transfer from the heater cables to the top melting surface.
- Maximize heat transfer from the heater cables to the drip edge.
- Eliminate air gaps in the heat transfer paths. Air is an insulator and the enemy of efficient heat transfer.
The 4 Rules seem to be a little-known secret among roof ice melt system manufacturers. Follow them closely and you maximize efficient heat transfer and have a true energy-saving system. If you don’t know the Rules, or simply choose to ignore them, you will have an inefficient ice melt system.