Top 5 Benefits of Electric Field Heating
Heated fields are quickly becoming essential across all sports. If your football field or soccer field isn’t under a dome, then you’re often stuck dealing with all the snow, ice, and frost that can overtake your field. No club or stadium wants to put their players at risk by forcing them to play in poor field conditions, and canceling games really isn’t an option anymore.
Thankfully, electric field heating is an affordable option that can solve your problems and save you money. While there are many options available to stadiums looking to heat their fields, we’ve created a list of the top 5 benefits you can expect from electric field heating.
Electric field heating offers significant cost savings compared to systems that use pipes filled with heated water. Systems that use water are not only more expensive to install, but they are much more complex in their installation.
They require more time and money to be constructed, resulting in further losses to the stadium while the field is under construction. Electric field heating is installed in intricate grids broken up into sections.
This means that if the sun has already melted part of the snow on the field, only the desired segments need to be activated to melt the remaining areas instead of having to activate the entire system. Since the cables cannot freeze, there is no additional power or antifreeze required to warm them up in freezing temperatures.
Heating your field with electricity is more energy-efficient than water-based alternatives. Once activated, the cables provide thermal radiation and instantly warm the field. With a water-based system, electricity and plumbing are required.
The water needs to be heated, and further energy is needed to push it steadily through the pipes. The water systems have to work harder to heat the water and keep it warm, whereas electric heating is instant and never loses heat.
Traditional methods of plowing the snow were even less efficient and could take hours to clear an entire field.
Electric field heating systems are designed to use sustainable energy sources, and they don’t produce any harmful CO2. Unlike water systems, electric systems don’t require any oil or gas to operate.
Protects The Grass
Natural and artificial grass both benefit from electric heating. For natural grass, the cables are placed at a safe distance below the root to maintain safe temperatures. This not only prevents the grass from freezing and dying from the cold, but it simulates the climate of growing months, which keeps the grass lush. For artificial grass, it can lose its elasticity in freezing temperatures. This causes the grass to lose its cushioning effect, seriously injuring players as they hit the hard and unforgiving ground.
For systems that use water, there is a significant heat drop-off as the water moves through the pipes. This causes uneven heat distribution across the field, impacting how quickly the snow and ice melt and can result in uneven soggy patches across the field.
These are only the top 5 benefits of electronic field heating so contact us at Alecs today to find out more and get a custom quote for one of our field heating systems.
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