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Heated Driveway: Snow Shoveling Is History

Heated driveways are great to have if you live in a cold climate that has frequent snowfalls.  They are easy to install and you can customize them for your individual needs. Many homeowners put them in when they are paving the driveway initially.   Radiant heat is great for making driveways, ramps, loading docks, sidewalks, steps and entryways much safer to walk on and eliminates the constant shoveling that can be a regular part of snowy areas.   There are many benefits for a homeowner to have a heated driveway.

Fully Automated – The systems used to heat driveways are fully automatic so there is no hassle for the homeowner.  They work with the combination of an advanced snow sensor and a master control unit that senses precipitation and temperature.  If the temperature is below the set point and precipitation is present and detected by the sensor, the unit comes on and warms the driveway.  It only operates when needed making it energy efficient as well.

No Costly Expenses To Have This System – Homeowners will be happy to know that the heated driveway cost is not high at all.  Installation is not super expensive and there are no costly maintenance fees to keep it running.  In fact, once it is installed, there’s no reason you’ll have to have yearly checkups or upkeep and needing repairs is almost unheard of.

Easy Installation – Installing your heated driveway system is very easy to install and there in not a need to hire paving contractors.  Most of the system will be able to be installed by the homeowner but you will need to hire a qualified electrician to get all of the wiring done properly and to code.  

 Enhanced Safety– The fully automated design of these heated driveway systems keep your sidewalks and driveways clear of ice and snow no matter what time of day or night it is.  This reduces the chances of anyone slipping and falling due to ice and snow which can become extremely hazardous to walk on, especially after dark when temperatures drop.

Low Operating Costs–  Even though you may worry about it costing a lot to  run this system you will be pleased to know that on average a 300 sq ft area can be melted for under $.50 per continuous hour of operation. It usually takes a few hours to melt the now off your driveway which would amount to only about 2-3 dollars.

Fast Melting Times – Heated driveway systems are super efficient and it doesn’t take long to melt the snow off the driveway. Electric snow melting systems usually have close to a 30% less run time than other systems.  What this means for you is that it won’t take long at all for your driveway to be clear and safe.

Added Value to Your HomeInstalling a heated driveway will raise the value of your home because it gives the seller an additional selling point that many buyers would really love. In addition, it extends the life of your driveway and the landscaping you have along the edge of your driveway because there is no snow and ice messing things up.  Salt is also a corrosive and can damage the concrete of your driveway and the plants you may have planted beside it. With a heated driveway, there’s no need for salt or other chemicals homeowners often use to try and melt the snow. 

Conclusion– If you live in a cold weather climate that has a lot of snowfall, you will love the convenience, safety and benefits of having a heated driveway.  It will not only save you time, money and increase the value of your home, it’ll also save your back since you won’t have to do backbreaking snow shoveling anymore.  It’s an investment that you will be really happy you made.

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