One of the best home improvements I’ve ever made was adding a snowmelt system to my residence.
The system eliminates the need to shovel snow multiple times per day for endless hours.
I no longer spend money to hire someone to plow the driveway or worry about where to pile all of the snow. I am not blocked from using the garage because of the massive drifts. I have no concerns over getting wet feet or slipping and falling due to icy pavement. I’ve eliminated the potential damage caused by spreading snowmelt chemicals. When I started looking into replacing our gravel driveway with pavement, I came across hydronic snowmelt systems. In my local area, the snow and cold are a problem for more than half the year. My house is heated by a boiler system. The boiler heats up water and sends it through a network of pipes concealed under the floors. The radiant flooring system easily handles our comfort. Even if the outside temperature drops into the negative digits, every room in the house is perfectly warm. There are no drafts or cold spots. The temperature from floor to ceiling remains constant. The system operates silently and requires minimal maintenance. It’s especially clean and energy efficient. The snowmelt system works the same way. There is a series of pipes embedded beneath the pavement of the walkway and driveway. The same boiler that supplies our house with heat also handles the needs of the snowmelt system. It responds automatically to the combination of moisture and temperature drop. Heated water flows through the pipes to melt snow and ice.