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How Much Babysitting Does a Heated Driveway Require?

May 29, 2013 00:05 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Work or Play All Day, Your Driveway Heat Will Work While You’re Away

The point of a heated driveway is to make your life easier. Driveway heat offers convenient and affordable snow removal. Some people worry about how much maintenance or involvement they will have to provide with an automated heated driveway. Because the system is fully-automated you rarely need to check on your snow melting system. Your involvement after the initial set-up is minimal.

Heated driveway with dual track configuration. Radiant snowmelt systems come standard with an automatic snow sensor (usually aerial mounted) and a controller that also features manual override capability. After the system is installed, a heated driveway doesn’t require much hand-holding at all. You can leave for the day, or even the week and know that your driveway heat will efficiently work - only when conditions warrant - whether you’re away or not.

Snow melting systems automatically turn on when the temperature is below a set point, typically around 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and if the snow sensor detects moisture. When the snow sensor detects precipitation, it automatically signals the system controller, which then sends power to the heat cable embedded in the driveway. Pavement-mounted snow sensors are also available for these energy efficient driveway heating systems.

Radiant heated driveways are being installed in homes everywhere and comments are heard about the convenience of having snow removal happen seamlessly and easily while you sleep or work or play. When a big storm hits you won’t be able to picture how you used to get by without the automated snow removal you now enjoy.

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Valuable Home Improvements

February 15, 2013 00:02 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Heated Driveways Add Value Without Steep Price Tags

The economy continues to be a delicate balance of many variables but one aspect that has improved a tiny bit is real estate. Buyers are still in the driver’s seat, so a seller does well to have remodeling projects finished that fit within their budgets or upgrades that add value to a home. One such home improvement that will add value to your home without totally breaking your wallet wide open is the addition of a heated driveway.  

Radiant heated driveway in concrete.Buyers are looking for homes that once were out of reach. They can afford a bit more with lower mortgage rates but they still want an amazing deal. As a seller it is up to you to provide an increased value to your home. Heated driveways sound fancy but don’t cost an arm and a leg to install. Therefore the perceived value to a potential buyer is higher without much of a higher investment on your end.

Heated driveways are a cost effective, energy efficient home improvement for you to enjoy for awhile too. Even if selling is not in your immediate plans, enjoying the fruits of a heated driveway’s labors is a smart use of home project funds. If you live in a cold climate, having a heated driveway is a smart move no matter how long you’ll be living there. An automated heated driveway does all the hard work of snow removal without you having to worry about a thing. When your snow melting system is working you don’t have too. It’s a valuable selling point for you now and for an eager buyer later.


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Driveway Heating is Environmentally Friendly

January 25, 2013 00:01 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

This is One Green Thing You Can Do to Save Your Aching Back

Is it possible to be gorgeously green, eco-conscious AND save your aching back this winter by installing an electric heated driveway ? The green tidal wave is heading your way, down your street in fact, and who would have thought you could join by simply adding a snow melting system to your home? With sagging home prices staring us in the face, driveway heating is also a great way to increase the value of your home. There is much in our lives that is uncertain right now. What is certain is that winter will come, you can install a snow melting system, and you can help protect our environment by doing so.

A snow melting system has the sophistication to automatically detect moisture, so it only uses energy when needed. Utilizing this renewable energy to heat your driveway is a smart and eco-friendly choice. By electrically heating your driveway, you also eliminate the need for salt or harsh chemicals that harm the environment. What about the snow shoveling, the waterlogged gloves, the red nose, and the cantankerous, aching back? The great news is that not only can you save Mother Earth by installing an electric heated driveway, but now you can save YOU too.

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Is it Feasible to Apply Driveway Snow Melting to a Sidewalk Instead?

January 25, 2013 00:01 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

YES! And You Should do it!

Snow Melting System at work on a sidewalkMany times when you think about driveway snow melting systems , you associate them with a radiant heated driveway only. Why not apply the same smart technology that comes in a snowmelt system to a simple sidewalk section? Pedestrian safety is paramount when planning a city park or new commercial space. Using a radiant snowmelt system underneath a sidewalk would be a significant perk to any existing or new project where pedestrian traffic is being taken into account. Having walks clear of snow at all times would increase traffic and safety.

Snow melting systems are relatively affordable and save you in the long run when it comes to snow removal cost and maintenance. The fully automated snowmelt systems are simple to maintain because they require no human involvement once they are set up. They do, however, come with a manual override should you ever need to adjust or tweak your snowmelt system.

Radiant snowmelt systems utilize radiant heat beneath the concrete or asphalt to help keep walks clear of snow and ice. This makes walking much safer for pedestrians in cold climates. Each snow melting system can be customized to meet your specific project needs, and they fit in uniquely shaped areas as well. Using a snow melting system anywhere there are pedestrians present is a sure way to keep everyone safe and dry.

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Does Radiant Snow Melting Cable Survive the Heat of Asphalt?

January 11, 2013 00:01 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Hot Asphalt Does Not Jeopardize the Durability of Radiant Snow Melting Cables

Durable, reliable, and long lasting radiant heat cables are readily available on the market today. Some of these snow melting systems come with superior warranty's, but does that mean they are safe to lay beneath a hot asphalt pour and does that high heat void the warranty of the heat cables? Warmzone has some of the most trusted radiant snow melting solutions available and can offer advice, guidance, plans, and high-quality radiant heat products and they are absolutely safe to lay before a new driveway is poured. The durable cables are meant to withstand the heat and compacted pressure of a new asphalt or concrete driveway. The heated driveway cables are easily retrofit to existing driveways as well so if you are counting yourself out since you already have a driveway poured...don't. Radiant snow melting systems are meant for everyone to enjoy.

The premier heating cables carry a 10-year warranty which is not voided with a new driveway pour. The labor costs associated with replacing any defective cables are also included in the generous warranty. This offers great peace of mind. Warmzone's heated driveway solutions are meant to impress with dazzling performance, impressive reliability, and unquestionable longevity. The manufacturer's are happy to back up their products so hot asphalt will not jeopardize your snow melting system.

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Does a Heated Driveway Consume High Amounts of Energy?

January 07, 2013 00:01 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Don't Expect Much Change on Your Electricity Bill!

Snowmelt Systems are cost effectiveBeing concerned with adding a snowmelt system to your home and the impact that will have on the environment is admirable. Heavens know we don't want to create any extra burdens for our poor earth. However a radiant heated driveway is one of the efficient ways to remove snow as it runs on a 240 volt 30-amp breaker and only runs when the system is required. Snowmelt systems are not on around the clock so they don't drain unnecessary amounts of energy. An automatic snow sensor uses savvy technology to detect when the system should be turned on and does so remotely from your garage or basement (wherever you choose to install it).

The cost of operating a heated driveway is dependant on the spacing of the heat cables as well as how much space you are covering on your property. Having a four inch spacing is recommended most of the time for optimal energy efficiency as well as effective snow melting. If the rows are closer than the recommended four inches, obviously that will drain more energy and consume a higher wattage of power. The average operational cost for driveway snow melting is approximately $.28 per 100 square feet per hour the system is in use.

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How Much Maintenance is Required with a Snowmelt System?

January 04, 2013 00:01 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Enjoy Maintenance-Free Automated Snow Removal with Warmzone

How much maintenance is required when installing and using a radiant snowmelt system ? It's a good question to ask yourself before diving into the wonderful world of driveway heating. We want to spend our hard earned money on things that will make our lives easier and more convenient. A heated driveway is definitely one of those luxury items but doesn't come with a luxury price tag or the worry of always calling in a service repair man to keep it running smooth. Warmzone offers snowmelt systems that are virtually maintenance-free and fully automated, so they don't require much brain power once they are installed and paid for.

Snowmelt systems are becoming more popular with each passing winter. Snow totals seems to be a consistent water cooler conversation and heated driveways are cropping up as viable and affordable solutions to the heavy burden of snow removal. Installing a heated driveway is one thing, but Warmzone ensures that you get a system right for your needs and then wants the experience after that to be a positive one as well. Keeping them easy to use and simple to operate is part of that positive experience. Enjoying a snowmelt system is almost as easy as keeping one up and running.

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What Are the Safest Alternatives to Snow Shoveling?

December 21, 2012 00:12 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Radiant Heated Driveways – A Highly Recommended Method for Snow Removal

Heated DrivewayAs the years pass by, our bodies seem to rebel more at each passing physical task. Simple things like balancing boxes, navigating stairs with a bundle in our arms, and snow shoveling quickly become tasks we take great care with. Snow shoveling poses many dangers to your knees, shoulders, and back. One of the safest alternatives to snow shoveling is installing a heated driveway . Radiant heating cables become your best friend as they do all the heavy lifting for you. No matter how much snow you get you can park your shovel snugly in the garage or shed and let your radiant heated driveway take care of the snow this winter.

Snow and ice melting are important components to keeping your winter safe. Many injuries are sustained each year by removing snow the old fashioned way. Heated driveways were once thought of as a luxury but have quickly been replaced with the thought that they make sense as a means of self preservation. Shoveling and snow blowing has drawbacks but none more than physical safety. Driveway heating is a smart and safe way to keep your driveways free of snow. There are several different options available to you. Do your research and investigate how much surface you want to cover with radiant driveway heating cables and then call Warmzone experts to help you with your questions and concerns. Stay safe this winter and enjoy your heated driveway.

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Forget Mistletoe, Bring on Driveway Heating

December 14, 2012 00:12 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Leave the Mushy Stuff Alone, Give a Practical Gift

Women and men reading this should take special note. This holiday season put down the mistletoe, step away, and start looking at installing a heated driveway . All that lovey dovey mushy stuff can wait. You’ve got winter to face and the tender sentiment of kissing your sweetheart under the mistletoe isn’t going to clear the 2 feet of snow off your driveway. You know what will clear all that snow? A radiant snow melting system that literally does all the heavy lifting for you.

Installing a heated driveway means that the heavy lifting now gets done by a tiny automatic snow sensor that takes up a small spot on a wall out of the way somewhere in your house or garage. Once the heating cables are laid snugly beneath your driveway, you turn the snow sensor on and it reads the outside situation so even when you’re not home the heated driveway will work hard to keep your snow clear. Now that I mention it, don’t forget the mistletoe after all. With all your free time this year spent NOT shoveling your snow, you’ll have plenty of time to cuddle under the mistletoe with that special someone. Go for it and enjoy your very practical, very perfect gift of driveway heating.

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If you Don’t Have Time to Kill, You Need a Heated Driveway

December 07, 2012 00:12 AM  BY  JEN HALLAM

Heated Driveways Will Save you Time

Heated Driveway in actionWere you sitting around last winter wondering how you could fill your time? Were you sitting in the window seat of your bedroom staring wistfully out at the landscape hoping for a monster snow storm so you could put on seven layers of warm clothes and shovel, plow, and heave snow from the surface of your driveway? Me either. In fact, I was thinking how it would be nice to have one less thing to worry about during the hustle and bustle of the holidays especially. The holiday season is right when a lot of us typically get some major snow storms. This is where a heated driveway comes in handy. Having radiant snow melting in place means you never have to worry about the time you need to carve out for shoveling, plowing, snow blowing, or chipping ice and snow from the driving and walking surfaces of your home.

Heated driveways are a major time saver. Particularly if the weather man predicts and actually gets it right one night and the next day you wake up to a foot of snow. Snow that would usually mean back-breaking work, with a heated driveway now means “no big deal.” Heated driveways save you the time it would take to clear your driveway because the heating cables have worked consistently through the night (and day) to keep your driveway surface warm so nothing can accumulate. We are all looking for ways to save time and money and having a heated driveway does just that.

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