In North America, there is a great diversity of sports that are played outdoors, which require fields or surfaces that must be maintained. During winter seasons maintenance can be cumbersome, and this is where electric field heating solutions come into play (pun intended). This includes field hockey, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football, and tennis just to name a few. The surfaces that these sports are played on are equally diverse, ranging from natural grass, artificial turf, stone, gravel, and even asphalt.
Since a great number of these facilities are often located in cities that experience extremely inclement winter weather conditions, the need for proper field maintenance is critical. Electric field heating systems are one of the most beneficial ways to maintain outdoor facilities. Some of the primary reasons for the success of this type of system include cost containment, energy efficiency, ease of installation and use, player safety, and environmental friendliness.
One of the most important aspects of field maintenance for facilities in severe weather locations is balancing the need for player safety with cost-efficiency. Electric field heating systems are an excellent choice in this regard. This type of system provides many layers of cost containment over traditional methods such as underground water pipe heating. To begin, it’s easier and less expensive to install than water pipes, and once installed, they are much simpler to operate and maintain. Water pipe heating needs to constantly be running to prevent water from freezing, which adds to significantly higher energy costs.
Electric field heating can easily be used on an as-needed basis too and can even be programmed to heat select areas of a field that may be frozen, further reducing power expenditures. Running an electric-based field heating system can be done simply from a PC, laptop, or tablet, minimizing labour expenses as well. Using a plow to clear a field, for example, is extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive, not to mention the possibility of damage to the playing surface being incurred.
Electric field heating is also an optimum solution for player safety. It quickly and uniformly disperses snow and ice accumulation, which if left unchecked can lead to serious injury. It also eliminates the possibility of damage to the playing surface, which can result from plowing, and lead to player injury.
All these features and benefits make underground electric field heating an ideal choice for outdoor field maintenance. And in addition to this, our system is backed by a 10-year parts guarantee; something that is very rare in the industry, and will provide years of peace of mind, knowing you have a heating system in place that can be relied on for years to come.