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Radiant Heated Driveway Systems ― a Safe, Energy-efficient Alternative to Manual Snow RemovalAccording to the radiant heat experts at Warmzone, the most popular time to install a heated driveway is during the summer and fall. If you are remodeling or building a new home, plan for the winters by exploring the options of installing a radiant heated driveway. These reliable, electric snow melting systems can be automated to take care of snow melting efficiently, are environmentally friendly and virtually maintenance free.
Summer and fall are the best times of the year to install a heated driveway. While most of us prefer to avoid thinking about summer's end, everyone understands that winter is inevitable; which is why many homeowners take steps during the hottest time of the year to prepare for the impending cold season. And with rising energy costs, consumers are searching for more efficient ways to take the chill out of winter, and the "sting" out of their heating bills. Consequently, homeowners have not only discovered the appeal of energy saving, indoor electric radiant heating options, but also the benefits of radiant snowmelt systems, such as heated driveways, walkways and stairways.
Planning and installing a radiant heated driveway during the summer or fall is one way to thaw the arrival of winter's chill. And while recent winters have been particularly harsh, there's no reason why you should have to endure the same icy conditions year after year after year. Driving your car out of the driveway doesn't have to be an adventure every morning, and you shouldn't have to put on your ice skates (or skis) to retrieve your morning newspaper.
Increasing numbers of consumers are installing electric snow melting systems designed for heating driveways, parking areas and walkways. Given the maintenance free operation, reliability and affordability of these radiant heat systems, it's no wonder that they are becoming so popular - not to mention the advantage of "labor-free" snow removal.
"Snow blowers, shoveling, and plowing are cumbersome ways to clear driveways," stated Brandon Weaver, VP of Engineering at Warmzone. "Homeowners are installing radiant heated driveway systems instead. They're safer and often more energy efficient."
Warmzone, a leading radiant heat company, recommends ClearZone snow and ice melting systems. The ClearZone cable is a durable heating cable built specifically for heating driveways, sidewalks, roof deicing and other snow removal applications. Installing under-pavement radiant heat systems are ideal for residential and commercial properties because they increase safety dramatically by reducing the risk of people falling or cars sliding.
ClearZone heat cable is designed to produce 30-50 watts per square foot and the system is programmable, providing a fully automated process for heating a driveway. This under pavement electric radiant heating system is similar to indoor floor heating systems (also available through Warmzone), yet designed to withstand the rigors of harsh outdoor environments. Unlike hydronic systems, which generate hot water and pump it through plastic PEX tubing, electric radiant heat systems use a line-voltage heat cable that is embedded in the concrete or asphalt, radiating heat evenly across the surface and surrounding area. Most electric radiant heat systems incorporate an automatic sensor that detects inclement weather and activates the system. Electric radiant heat tends to be more efficient, require less maintenance, and heat surfaces quicker than hydronic systems. Additionally, a heated driveway is a tremendous investment that will enhance the value of your property.
The cost to maintain a heated driveway is typically much less than hiring someone to shovel snow. The concrete lasts longer because salt or harsh chemicals (or snow plows) are not being used to melt or remove ice and snow. Electric radiant snow melting systems are also simple to install, extremely durable, and require no maintenance.
If your driveway needs to be replaced, keep in mind that it is best to pour concrete in warm weather. Warm temperatures allow the concrete to cure properly, which increases the cement's durability. So, if you are building a home, consider an automated snow melting system before you begin construction (and don't wait until winter hits to install your heated driveway). A heated driveway is easy to install, environmentally friendly, and will add safety and value to your property.
Warmzone helps homeowners with energy-efficient radiant heating solutions for their homes and businesses. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, our electricians and support staff will help you determine the your best radiant heating solution. Send us a plan or drawings and we'll even provide you with a FREE estimate and options for your heated driveway project.