Frequently Asked Questions

Product Features

Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant Wattage” means: it is always on. It is always drawing full power and is costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.

Radiant Solutions’ Heat Tape PRO™ heating cable is Self-Regulating. This means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power and when it gets warmer it creates less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your roof from damage caused by ice dams.

How can it do this?

The core of our ice dam heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.

Can’t I just accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?

No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, Self-regulating Heat Tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.

There’s also some safety considerations.

Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.

 

Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.

Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.

What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?

For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.

But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?

Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.

 

Not very hot.

Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.

This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).

We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)

Yes.

radiant solutions heat tape lighted plug

The plug-in heads of our Heat Tape Pro Ice dam Heat tape are lit via an LED when it is plugged in. This pretty cool when you want to see if your heat cable is plugged in and working. Just glance out at the outlet and see if you see the light. Even better: when used in conjunction with a ThermoCube, you will be able to see if your heat tape is currently active and heating.

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Product Features

Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant Wattage” means: it is always on. It is always drawing full power and is costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.

Radiant Solutions’ Heat Tape PRO™ heating cable is Self-Regulating. This means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power and when it gets warmer it creates less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your roof from damage caused by ice dams.

How can it do this?

The core of our ice dam heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.

Can’t I just accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?

No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, Self-regulating Heat Tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.

There’s also some safety considerations.

Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.

 

Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.

Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.

What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?

For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.

But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?

Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.

 

Not very hot.

Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.

This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).

We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)

Yes.

radiant solutions heat tape lighted plug

The plug-in heads of our Heat Tape Pro Ice dam Heat tape are lit via an LED when it is plugged in. This pretty cool when you want to see if your heat cable is plugged in and working. Just glance out at the outlet and see if you see the light. Even better: when used in conjunction with a ThermoCube, you will be able to see if your heat tape is currently active and heating.

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Product Features

Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant Wattage” means: it is always on. It is always drawing full power and is costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.

Radiant Solutions’ Heat Tape PRO™ heating cable is Self-Regulating. This means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power and when it gets warmer it creates less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your roof from damage caused by ice dams.

How can it do this?

The core of our ice dam heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.

Can’t I just accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?

No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, Self-regulating Heat Tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.

There’s also some safety considerations.

Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.

 

Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.

Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.

What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?

For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.

But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?

Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.

 

Not very hot.

Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.

This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).

We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)

Yes.

radiant solutions heat tape lighted plug

The plug-in heads of our Heat Tape Pro Ice dam Heat tape are lit via an LED when it is plugged in. This pretty cool when you want to see if your heat cable is plugged in and working. Just glance out at the outlet and see if you see the light. Even better: when used in conjunction with a ThermoCube, you will be able to see if your heat tape is currently active and heating.

Load More

Product Features

Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant Wattage” means: it is always on. It is always drawing full power and is costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.

Radiant Solutions’ Heat Tape PRO™ heating cable is Self-Regulating. This means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power and when it gets warmer it creates less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your roof from damage caused by ice dams.

How can it do this?

The core of our ice dam heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.

Can’t I just accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?

No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, Self-regulating Heat Tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.

There’s also some safety considerations.

Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.

 

Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.

Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.

What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?

For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.

But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?

Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.

 

Not very hot.

Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.

This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).

We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)

Yes.

radiant solutions heat tape lighted plug

The plug-in heads of our Heat Tape Pro Ice dam Heat tape are lit via an LED when it is plugged in. This pretty cool when you want to see if your heat cable is plugged in and working. Just glance out at the outlet and see if you see the light. Even better: when used in conjunction with a ThermoCube, you will be able to see if your heat tape is currently active and heating.

Load More

Product Features

Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant Wattage” means: it is always on. It is always drawing full power and is costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.

Radiant Solutions’ Heat Tape PRO™ heating cable is Self-Regulating. This means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power and when it gets warmer it creates less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your roof from damage caused by ice dams.

How can it do this?

The core of our ice dam heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.

Can’t I just accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?

No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, Self-regulating Heat Tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.

There’s also some safety considerations.

Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.

 

Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.

Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.

What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?

For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.

But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?

Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.

 

Not very hot.

Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.

This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).

We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)

Yes.

radiant solutions heat tape lighted plug

The plug-in heads of our Heat Tape Pro Ice dam Heat tape are lit via an LED when it is plugged in. This pretty cool when you want to see if your heat cable is plugged in and working. Just glance out at the outlet and see if you see the light. Even better: when used in conjunction with a ThermoCube, you will be able to see if your heat tape is currently active and heating.

Load More

Product Features

Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant Wattage” means: it is always on. It is always drawing full power and is costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.

Radiant Solutions’ Heat Tape PRO™ heating cable is Self-Regulating. This means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power and when it gets warmer it creates less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your roof from damage caused by ice dams.

How can it do this?

The core of our ice dam heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.

Can’t I just accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?

No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, Self-regulating Heat Tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.

There’s also some safety considerations.

Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.

 

Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.

Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.

What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?

For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.

But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?

Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.

 

Not very hot.

Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.

This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).

We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)

Yes.

radiant solutions heat tape lighted plug

The plug-in heads of our Heat Tape Pro Ice dam Heat tape are lit via an LED when it is plugged in. This pretty cool when you want to see if your heat cable is plugged in and working. Just glance out at the outlet and see if you see the light. Even better: when used in conjunction with a ThermoCube, you will be able to see if your heat tape is currently active and heating.

Load More

Product Features

Heat Tape purchased in big-box stores is constant wattage heat tape. “Constant Wattage” means: it is always on. It is always drawing full power and is costing you peak energy expenses, which –over the length of a season– can add up huge. Thought you were saving money on that heat tape you got at that home improvement store? Guess again.

Radiant Solutions’ Heat Tape PRO™ heating cable is Self-Regulating. This means, as the temperature gets colder, the cable creates more heat by drawing more power and when it gets warmer it creates less heat by drawing less power. This allows you to consume only the energy you need to help protect your roof from damage caused by ice dams.

How can it do this?

The core of our ice dam heat tape is two bus wires encased in a material that is, in part, carbon. As ambient temperatures decrease, the material shrinks pulling the bus wires closer to each other, creating the electrical reaction which makes the cables heat up. When ambient temperatures remain warmer, the inner core doesn’t shrink, preventing higher temps from occurring within the cable.

Can’t I just accomplish this with constant wattage heat tape and a “switch” or thermostatic control?

No, not really. Because any control or switch is still going to tell your constant wattage cable to be either off or on at 100% power. It is very binary in how it behaves. Conversely, Self-regulating Heat Tape will output variable temperatures based on the external, ambient temperature. So when it’s 31ºF or 10ºF constant wattage heat tape will always be on full heat, where self-regulating heat tape will only use just enough power to be at the temperature you need to prevent ice dams from forming.

There’s also some safety considerations.

Since constant wattage heat tape needs to perform in ranges of cold, you can imagine the operating temperature is pretty warm. Additionally, since it it’s temperature isn’t variable like self-regulating heat tape, that heat is always on full whether it’s 50ºF or 10ºF. This heat can lead to increased risk of fire, especially in warmer ambient temps and dryer conditions.

 

Each standard Heat Tape Pro cable has a 10-foot unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO will actually be 60 feet long with 50 feet of it heated and the remaining 10 is an un-heated cord with plug.

Pipe Freeze Pro cable has a 24-inch unheated lead.

This lead-length is in addition to the the listed heat tape length, so a 12-foot Pipe Freeze PRO will actually be 14 feet long with 12 feet of it heated and the remaining 2 are the un-heated cord with plug.

What About the Ones with a 50-foot Cold Lead?

For a short while made a product called Heat Tape PRO XL that had a 50-foot cold lead (so a 50-foot Heat Tape PRO XL would be 100 feet with 50 foot heated), however, it proved to be unpopular and was not a sustainable tradeoff in manufacturing costs. Because of this, the XL product line was discontinued. We still have some remaining stock of this product but what is not available on our website will not be made available again in the future.

But what if my outlet is farther than 10 feet away?

Don’t worry. It’s OK to use a portion of the heated length to get to the nearest outlet. Our Heat Tape maxes out just under 110ºF, so it’s not something that will be dangerous to touch or cause damage to non-roofing materials. We do recommend designing your Heat Tape installation configuration in a manner that allows the termination (plug) of the cable to be as close to the nearest outlet as possible. This allows for the most efficient use of your electricity. Additionally, having an outlet installed under your eaves is a great convenience when it comes time to install heat cable. If needed, talk to your electrician about having one installed.

 

Not very hot.

Radiant Solutions Self-Regulating Heat Tape changes its heat output based on the temperatures of its surrounding environment. At any given point, depending on the temperatures outside, the cable could be a range of temperatures. However, its peak temperature is not very hot –typically between 95º-110º. Mainly because once the cable has heated the immediate area around it, the self-regulated aspect of the cable kicks in and prevents it from getting too warm.

This gives our Heat Tape a great advantage over the heat tape you can buy in ‘Big Box’ retailers, because it creates enough warmth to effectively do its job, but won’t do damage to surfaces that it touches. Additionally, our heat cable can be touching/overlapping when used. Heat Tape that is not self-regulating can not do this (they have explicit warnings in the directions not to do this for risk of fire).

We have even witnessed a coil of crappy big box heat tape starting a fire because it got plugged in when it was still coiled. (Yikes!)

Yes.

radiant solutions heat tape lighted plug

The plug-in heads of our Heat Tape Pro Ice dam Heat tape are lit via an LED when it is plugged in. This pretty cool when you want to see if your heat cable is plugged in and working. Just glance out at the outlet and see if you see the light. Even better: when used in conjunction with a ThermoCube, you will be able to see if your heat tape is currently active and heating.

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