If only a snow melt could happen with the flip of a switch when winter comes. Along with it comes piles of snow, sleet, ice, and all the work you must do to deal with it. Now is the best time to move, as snow melt system installers are sure to experience a rush during the fall and winter months. We’ll show you five reasons to get a snow melt system now from saving your sanity to your safety to the environment.
What is a Snow Melt System?
A snow melting system is a convenient method of quickly removing snow and ice on surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, walkways, patios, and much more. The system eliminates the need for you to perform snow removal tasks, such as shoveling and salting. The system can be as narrow as two feet for something such as tire tracks or as wide as the whole driveway.
How Does a Snow Melt System Work?
Snow melt systems are available in two different models classified by heat source: electric resistance/radiant heat or heat delivered as a fluid. Located underground these systems will work during a severe storm. The type of structure best determines which type of system gets recommended.
Electrically powered snow melt systems are beneficial because they require less maintenance than fluid-use snow melt systems. They have fewer moving parts and need no corrosive chemicals. These snowmelt systems are easy to operate and often used for residential purposes.
A fluid-based snow melt system works using hot water run through plastic tubing, embedded underneath the area(s) in which you don’t want the snow to accumulate. Antifreeze may also be used in the tubing to keep snow from forming or melt it when it does. These systems are more beneficial for commercial or industrial uses.
Both snow melt systems use an automatic activation device that starts the system when it senses precipitation and freezing temperatures. The device also deactivates the system when temperatures rise above freezing. It is a great feature because you are not required to constantly check the temperature to make sure it is operating as you need it. Your installer will show you how to operate the device and make sure it is in working order before leaving you to it.
1. No More Shoveling
According to Web MD, over 11,000 adults and children are sent to the hospital every year due to snow shoveling injuries. Adults over the age of 55 are four times as likely to receive an injury related to snow shoveling. A few of the most common injuries include broken bones, damage to the back, head injuries, and even potentially deadly cardiac events. And ultimately, it’s just a pain to shovel snow. Your new snow melt system can ensure you never touch a shovel again.