Heated Driveway News
Wake Up and Smell the Melted Snow
Owning a home with a radiant snow melting system is a gift. If your neighbors are not as lucky as you, you may be tempted to rub it in every time they are out shoveling heavy snow blankets from their driveway. You? All you have to do is wake up and smell the coffee as you gaze out across your snow-free driveway. Enjoy the sight of melted snow and then enjoy your morning coffee from the warmth of your living room without ever lifting a finger to remove snow.
It will be tempting to walk outside and gloat a bit as your next door neighbor struggles to scrape ice off the sidewalks and runs out of gas in his snow blower. You’ll most likely have a slight smirk on your face as you sip your hot breakfast beverage and see the sweat beads forming on poor Mr. Neighbor. A heated driveway gives you many welcome snowy mornings during the winter simply because you don’t have to bother with accumulating snow.
Radiant heated driveways literally do all the back-breaking work for you. You can wake up and go, never worrying about whether or not you’ll be able to push your car through the overnight blizzard deposits. So go ahead, wake up and see and smell the joy of your snow melting system and enjoy a stress free morning where you don’t have to add snow removal to your long list of to-do items.
Catch the Right Home Heating Trend at the Right Time
By now winter is wearing us all down. We’ve been in the clutches of the piles and piles of endless snow for far too long and we are searching the horizon for signs of spring. Next year winter will come back though and with a vengeance you will be reminded by all your smart neighbors about installing a heated driveway . It’s not a matter of keeping up with the Jones’s. It’s simply a matter of being smart enough to catch on to one of the smartest home heating upgrades you can install for a minimal outlay of cash. You honestly do not want to be the last one on your block to be savvy enough to recognize all the perks to having a heated driveway.
Radiant heat is our friend. Now more than ever we are realizing how many uses we can enjoy radiant heat with. There are radiant heated floors, radiant snow melting cables, and radiant heat cables for our roofs and gutters. With a radiant heated driveway you can enjoy a snow-free environment, at least on your paved surfaces. The snow stays where it can be more appreciated, like your front yard, but not on your driving or walking surfaces. A heated driveway is an automated system that can be installed to save you time and wear and tear on your body. You no longer have to wake up bright and early to clear the overnight storm from your only exit point. You can wake up, share breakfast with your family at a leisurely pace and then leave at the same time they all do. The beauty is that if you bet on this home heating upgrade you will drive away from your home on a sleek surface free of snow and hassle.
Prudent Thinking, Prudent Spending
How many of us
plow out of the other side of winter saying to ourselves,
“I think I’ll move to Florida?” After
the back breaking, agonizing work of shoveling snow
and clearing driveways and countless sidewalks, the
Sunshine State with its charming flower, the Orange Blossom,
seems like a blissful way to survive next
year’s snowy months. Sadly, most of us don’t
have the luxury of picking up our lives and shifting to
greener, sunnier pastures where orange blossoms, well,
blossom. Winter is almost behind us this year and the
memory of that hard work is still fresh in our minds.
Right now is the most prudent time to start thinking about
installing a heated driveway snow melting
As the final
signs of winter move behind us for another year, many
products go on sale in the hope of clearing shelves for
brighter, cheerier summer products. Snow shovels and
sleds are the clearance “item of the
week” for many hardware stores as they hope to make
room for plastic swimming pools and sand toys. The
same can be said for radiant heated driveways.
Installing a heated driveway during the off season can
always save you money. It’s like rushing out to buy
Christmas lights for your house, the day AFTER
Christmas. There is always a good deal to be found.
What type of
driveway heating is right for you? The answer is, “it
depends.” The bottom line is that installing radiant
heated driveways is easier than ever and very
affordable, making it a prudent way to spend in this
tight economy. Heated driveways can be installed in new
construction or under existing driveways and
sidewalks, so maybe you won’t have to move to
Florida after all. Consider the following:
There are two types of radiant heat for your
driveway, electronic and hydronic. Both systems
require heating elements be installed beneath the
surface of your driveway. Electric driveway heating
systems utilize durable long-line heating cables while
hydronic systems generate heated water which is pumped
through plastic tubing. Electric driveway heating
systems are generally cheaper and easier to install
than hydronic systems. Electric heating is ideal for
home use, while hydronic is better suited for larger heating
projects in excess of 4000 square feet.
Heated driveway systems are highly customizable and
can be installed in any phase and configuration of home
construction. It doesn’t matter if you plan on
concrete, asphalt, or brick, a heated driveway system
uses radiant heat to warm the surface you choose. As a
plus, if you live in an existing dwelling where the
driveways and sidewalks are already in place, radiant heated
driveways can easily be installed. Using concrete
saw-cut technology, appropriately measured grooves are
cut into the concrete (or asphalt). Once the grooves
have been cut, radiant heating cable is laid into the
grooves, sealed using an epoxy topcoat and driveway
heating becomes a reality. Weather is rarely a factor
for installation, so there are few limitations on the
timing of placing a driveway snow melting system. A side
note to be aware of is that it is recommended that all
electrical connections to the master control box be
handled by a qualified electrician.
The cost to install a heated driveway is minimal
compared to the long term benefits. Electric snow
melting systems have three basic components: the
heating element, the controller, and the snow sensor.
Thanks to DMC-100 master control unit, which was recently
developed for use by Warmzone, the snowmelt system features
fully automated operation and manual override
capability, as well as energy-efficient driveway
heating. An outdoor snow sensor is connected to the
master control unit and is programmed to automatically
activate the radiant driveway heating cable when the
sensor plate detects precipitation and temperatures
are below 38 degrees Fahrenheit. With this smart
technology you never have to worry about running the system
needlessly, thereby eliminating energy waste and saving you
from high operational costs.
A home that boasts the convenience of a heated driveway system has added property value. While the initial monetary outlay exists to install a snow melting system, installing radiant driveway heat ends up being a smart investment in the long run as you reap the property value benefits and the added convenience of never buying and replacing snow shovels, blowers, ice melt, ice picks, salt and other harsh chemicals.
(Continued. See Part II )
Prudent Thinking, Prudent Spending (Part II)
are highly effective, yet low maintenance, low impact
systems. Once you install a heated driveway, you’ll
find that it practically becomes invisible in its
operation. The snow sensor signals the control unit
when the temperatures and precipitation levels warrant
its use, activating the system only when it is needed.
Basically speaking, you can install a heated driveway and
forget about it year round. (Of course, you'll be
reminded that it's there every time you look outside on a
snowy day and see your nice, clear driveway.) Many
people install heated driveways in second homes where
it is not possible to remove snow after each storm.
Having a heated driveway provides the peace of mind that
you’ll never be blocked when entering your
property or have to dig yourself out when exiting.
Having a heated driveway is safer for your health and easier on your driveway and can extend the driveway's life span. The health benefits of a radiant heated driveway are obvious, as the need to perform back-breaking work each time a storm hits is eliminated. The convenient electric radiant heat goes to work for you under your pavement. No more shovels, no more digging out, no more sore necks, backs, or wrists.
Generations moving into their golden years
no longer have to worry about moving into a condo where the
joys of a garage and a yard are left in suburbia. Having a
snowmelt system installed means even if your bones and
aching back no longer wish to haul out the snow
shovel, you can still live where the snow falls and
not worry about manually removing the snow from your
driveways and sidewalks.
of a heated driveway is that without shovels or snow
plows constantly scraping the surface of your driveway, the
lifetime of your driveway increases. Driveway heating
systems also eliminate the need for salt or ice melt
which can corrode and damage the driveway as well as
harm nearby plants and grass.
If you are environmentally conscientious,
installing a heated driveway can help save the
planet. Yes, it’s true, there is one more
way to love Mother Earth. Using an intelligent snow
sensor allows the driveway heating system to operate only
when needed, thereby sparing unnecessary energy usage.
Having an electric heated driveway also allows you to
avoid harsh chemicals or products used to melt snow,
scrape ice, or keep driveways clear.
prudent thought behind prudent spending a good place to
start when considering whether or not to install a heated driveway
system is by locating a trusted product backed up
with customer satisfaction. Warmzone's renowned
ClearZone radiant heat cable is known as the premier snow
and ice melt radiant heat product. Using ClearZone
cable for your driveway heating projects gives you
unmatched durability. This cable can be safely
installed in new concrete pours and under harsh, high
temperature new asphalt construction projects. The
heat cable is easy to install, and once activated
offers a fast response time compared to other radiant snow
melt systems on the market. With the companion use of the
high-performance snow sensor the system is fully automated
and essentially maintenance free.
For those lucky few living in Florida, we gaze enviably on your sunny winters. However with the popularity of electric heated driveways throughout the country, homeowners are discovering the convenience and long term benefits of having a dependable snow melt system, making winter a bit more bearable for the rest of us.