Rehau introduced an advanced weather-sensing module for use with the company’s hydronic snow and ice melting systems at the AHR Expo, held in Orlando, Florida Jan. 25-27.
The Rehau Smart Controls snow and ice-melting module allows the system the unique ability to “listen” to the weather forecast via web-enabled access to Environment Canada. Using the weather data and temperature sensors installed within the melting area, the control chooses an automatic idle temperature setting to warm the slab, readying the system to melt at the first sign of snow or ice. To save energy, the control turns the system off once the surface is dry.
The control module’s web-enabled feature also allows the system to be controlled remotely from any internet-accessible device. It is flexible, scalable and programmed to meet a range of requirements including unlimited snow melting zones and priority scheduling to clear crucial areas such as walkways and entrances first. It can be used independently or integrated with a Rehau Smart Controls indoor comfort control system.