Satellite Dish Heaters – A Cold Climate Necessity

Do you hold your breath every time it rains or you see snow in the forecast? Are you tired of losing signal because of rain fade or snow accumulating on your satellite dish? Most people don’t realize there is an easy solution for your signal loss problems, known as a satellite dish heater. Be it snow or ice that is reducing your signal strength, you can install a satellite dish heater to eliminate these problems.

For those businesses that rely on satellite internet for their core operations, satellite dish heaters are protection against the weather bringing business to a screeching halt. Gas stations, convenient stores and many rural business owners rely on satellite internet for credit card processing. Other businesses such as sports bars and restaurants require satellite for entertaining their patrons. No matter the reason, satellite signals can be vital to the success of a business.

The industry-leader and most widely used brand is the HotShot. HotShot Satellite Dish Heaters keep the reflector clear of ice and snow. They consist of a vinyl adhesive heating element that easily mounts on the reflector, a power supply with built-in sensor, and low-voltage cable that carries the signal from the power supply to the heating element. Because they are low-voltage, there should be no worries about safety, manual settings or huge electricity bills. The built-in thermostat turns on the heater during the appropriate conditions and shuts back off when the job is done. Believe it or not, the HotShot Satellite Dish Heater can also reduce rain fade by up to 75%, by simply attaching the self-adhesive heating element to the reflector.

There are a few models available. The first is for the Round or 18×20 inch elliptical satellite dish. This product is sold as SKU # HS18NGRFKIT. The other version is intended for larger elliptical satellite dishes such as the DIRECTV Slimline and International, WildBlue and HughesNet satellite dishes. This product is sold as SKU # HSSLNGRKIT. Both models work the same, but the HSSLNGRKIT does include a larger power supply. An add-on Arm Heater is also available. This product is sold as SKU # HS14ARM. The HotShot Arm Heater warms the LNBF support arm to assist in prevention of snow buildup. Snow piling up on the LNBF support arm can reduce the signal path enough to interfere with TV reception even if your dish has a HotShot already installed. The HotShot Arm Heater is a highly recommended accessory in northern climates where the dish elevation angle is low to the horizon and the LNBF support arm is horizontal enough to allow snow accumulation on the support arm. The Arm Heater easily connects to the accessory plug provided on the heating element.

For those satellite users in the colder climates, Satellite Dish Heaters are a near necessity. With prices ranging from $100-150, the cost is not a large factor. The largest factor is being stuck in the house with no access to your satellite entertainment. Even worse, being a business owner and having no ability to accept credit cards. To conclude, consider Satellite Dish Heaters as insurance against satellite service outages.