Heated Driveways Offer an Assortment of Attractive Benefits
Automated Driveway Heating Systems Offer a Clean, Affordable Alternative to Manual Snow Removal
With record snowfall from the Midwest to the Northeast United States, many
residents are considering upgrading from snow shovels to more automated options like heated driveways. In
Amarillo, Texas, a February blizzard surprised residents by dumping over 19 inches of snow in 24 hours,
eclipsing a 120-year snowfall record. Even in cold-climate areas like Chicago, where over 1,000 flights were
canceled due to a December storm in 2012, people are seeking to find better ways to keep heavy snowfall from
disrupting their daily responsibilities. Beyond the interruption of having to shovel snow, property owners are
seeing the need to find snowmelt alternatives to avoid the damage caused by corrosive salts and snowplows.
for heating driveways and walkways is proving to be one of the best solutions to winter’s surprises.
Where snow is more frequent, many home and business owners have already turned to
heated driveways and snow melting systems for some very good reasons. These systems turn on only as needed,
meaning that no energy is wasted when there is no snow to melt. The automated systems eliminate the cost,
hassle, and interruption of physical snow removal. The best heated
driveway systems feature a rugged, high-tech snow sensor that detects temperature and
precipitation. When the temperature is below a set point and snow is detected, the sensor signals the
system’s control unit / contactor panel, which then sends power to the embedded heat cable to warm the
driveway. The heated driveway system remains on for a short period after the storm to ensure that it is
clear of ice and snow before shutting off.
Along with the energy efficiency of radiant snow and ice melting systems, home
and business owners have come to rely on the automated, maintenance-free advantage found in heated driveways
and walkways. Imagine if you are away during a big snowfall. A snow-free driveway is more than a convenience
upon arriving home; it makes your home look occupied and less of a target for criminals. You also enjoy the
added advantage of the safety it provides. For a home or business, a heated driveway also provides safer
access for visitors, delivery people, or anyone coming and going from the building.
Those living in cold climates know that keeping snow and ice away from
buildings can help prevent structural damage. Ice can damage concrete both on the surface and by repeatedly
building up in cracks. With a driveway heating system, snow and ice are never piled up against a building
where ice can melt and refreeze, potentially damaging concrete walls and cracking foundations. Radiant heat
systems also help prevent damage to driveway surfaces and the surrounding landscape by eliminating the need
for corrosive salt or abrasive snow plows.
In commercial applications, automated snow
melting systems become more than a convenience; they become a way to maintain the speed of
business. Stopping work to shovel a driveway or loading dock reduces productivity. If you hire out for
such tasks, you’re cutting into overhead every time a snowstorm blows through. Radiant heat systems can be
installed in everything from small,
driveways to commercial parking structures, ramps, loading docks, and of course walkways.
Anywhere you have surfaces where snow can accumulate, you can likely add a driveway heating system.
In years past, many have considered heated driveways to be a convenient
luxury afforded only to the rich, but times are changing. New advances are making heated driveways easier to
install and to own. In addition to providing complete system design and engineering services, a top provider
can assist you in finding a contractor who has experience installing heated driveways.
ClearZone® heating cable is one of the most reputable snowmelt solutions
available. The heat cable is designed to withstand the stress of fresh concrete pours as well as the extreme
temperatures of hot asphalt applications. ClearZone snow melting systems distribute heat evenly to keep
the heated driveway free of ice and snow throughout the winter. The system is designed to meet the specific
demands of your snow melting needs.
This isn’t the last winter to deliver surprises from Mother Nature. Turning to
the best automated, dependable solution, like a radiant heated driveway, will go a long way toward
making a winter snowstorm less about extra work and more about extra skiing.
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