Snow Melting System Articles
Information on Radiant Heated Driveways and Snowmelt Systems
There are many radiant heat articles and instructional videos available online. As you consider installing a hydronic or electric snow melting system, keep in mind that using the right installer and electrician is as important as choosing the right components and provider. The top manufacturers and providers/distributors often have a list of installers in your area who have experience installing their systems, so be sure to check those resources.
Articles on Radiant Heating Systems
BREAKING STORMS MAKE HEATED DRIVEWAYS AN ATTRACTIVE SOLUTION
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 shoveling snow, property owners are seeing the need to find snowmelt alternatives to avoid the damage caused by corrosive salts and snowplows. Radiant heat for driveway snow melting and heated walkways is proving to be one of the best solutions to winter’s surprises.
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THE BEST RADIANT HEAT PROVIDER
It pays to be a savvy researcher when considering a radiant heat solution. With so many products and providers to choose from, it’s the educated consumer who generally comes out ahead. Of course, careful research is the key. Choosing a competent radiant heat solutions provider involves several factors, which include:
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INSTALLING A RADIANT SNOW MELTING SYSTEM
For asphalt applications, it is recommended (but not required) to install 1-inch rigid insulation underneath the base surface. The insulation can be installed underneath the base surface or it can be laid on top of the base surface and the snow melting cable can then be secured on top of the insulation.
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COMPARING HYDRONIC AND ELECTRIC RADIANT HEAT
If you are seriously considering installing a heated driveway or snow melting system, you’ll discover that there are many options to choose from. First you'll want to determine which technology is best for your needs: a hydronic (water based) system or an electric (heat cable) system. In addition to reviewing some general information online, the next best thing you can do is talk with an objective radiant heat expert at an established company that offers both types of systems.
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