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The tire-tracks format for snow melting systems greatly reduces operating cost and energy consumption. Plus, the system only needs to run when it's snowing.
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Snowy winters can be a pain, especially when you have to shovel and salt your driveway, patio, walkway, or stairs all season long. But with our snow melting solutions, you can stay comfortable inside and let the pavement do the work for you.
We offer a selection of snow melting systems that heat driveways, patios, walkways, or stairs and can be installed in asphalt, concrete, or under pavers in mortar.
This is a great point to bring up - many people forget that these systems are not just a luxury but a necessity for some who live in colder climates and are unable to clear snow and ice. Especially with more people aging in their home, investing in a system like this will guarantee you can have a snow-free driveway, walkway or stairs for many years. Thanks for watching!
+WarmlyYours Yes perhaps you may be right. Kalamazoo city was first to do so and later Holland city, Michigan USA, which actually has 100 miles of heated streets and sidewalks to melt the snow in downtown Holland. Kalamazoo is currently expanding. A lot of turism in both cities because of it during the winter months.
By the look of it, those are hydronic heating tubes for snow melt, but works almost exactly like our electric heating systems do by keeping the surface area just warm enough to melt the snow. Thanks for sharing!
I didn't hear what the voltage is? I thought I heard him mention low voltage or anything about the electrical system with respect to volatage...115 or 220 and it it stepped down to a lower voltage higher amps? Curent draw? And would it work under a brick driveway?
Hi, you can find more information on how these systems are used for driveways here: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting/driveway The snow melting mats come in 120 and 240 while the cables come in 120, 208, 240 and 277. And yes, these systems will work under pavers as long as they are embedded. They will also work underneath concrete areas and of course asphalt. Thanks for watching!
Most people do assume that but our systems actually help keep the melted snow from refreezing and essentially evaporate the melted snow. If you watch our timelapse video of the system at work, you can see that the heated areas stay clear of snow and ice as soon as it hits the ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=Ugy22IfHK4ImiBMh8Fp4AaABAg
While we do offer full coverage, tire tracks are a convenient option for those who want to save on monthly electrical cost as well as the installation cost for this type of project. Completely up to the homeowners to decide what works best for them.
We understand that a snow melt system isn't for everyone, but we do ask that you do your research into what actual costs are (both installation and operational) before assuming that something is just a "money drain." We offer all the resources for someone to decide on their own whether this system is the best fit for them. Feel free to check it out when you have a chance: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting/driveway/asphalt-design-guide (Much warm, very comforty, such melt.)
+WarmlyYours I didn't actually know this was your product, thought it was a random channel. The why not would just be too expensive for what it does, it is a serious money drain to heat something like a big drive that is freezing cold(convenient or not) and contributes to global warming!
We see your point, but cheaper isn't always better - consider how long you may have to wait for someone to come clear your driveway, especially if you live in more rural areas where driveways are especially long and neighbors are further away. With our system, you just turn it on and the melting is done for you. If you can afford convenience, why not invest in it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It might be cheaper, but it's not as convenient. Hiring a plow, or even someone to shovel it, means waiting for them to show up remove the top layer of snow while pushing the rest of it into the cracks and crevices which will refreeze into an icy surface. With a snow melt system, there's no waiting, no salting and no shoveling. With some of the sensors and controls we offer, the system can detect the conditions for snow and turn itself on when needed while also limiting its use in the case of extreme storms so as not to waste energy.
Hi Matheus, these installs typically happen well before Winter and therefore the system could not be shown working during that time of year. If you watch this video you can see it at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI As for repairs, with electrical tools and thermal cameras, you could easily detect any issues with the system and make isolated repairs to parts of the driveway without ripping up the whole system.
That is definitely a huge project and electric heating may not be the most energy efficient for a driveway that large. For tire track coverage on a 1/4 mile long driveway, you'd be using 264.1 kWh an hour (the national average of $0.15 per kWh would come out to roughly $39.62 to run per hour.) There are also options with geothermal systems that we've heard have helped with much larger projects and uses the earth's natural radiant heat beneath the surface to help melt snow. Thanks for watching though!
Hi William, this product can work for concrete, asphalt and embedded in mortar underneath pavers. Here is a link to our page with more information on this product: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting
The equipment that Scott is referring to in the video are the large asphalt paving machines. They typically carry the asphalt in front of them with a trough and then pound it down after it was been spread out. These machines are far too heavy to drive over the embedded heating cable so a asphalt roller is used instead for this type of install.
Hi Nyda, we installed this system well before Winter, hence no snow or ice to test it around that time of year. In this video you can see it at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=UgyUToDWnBMKZApBQot4AaABAg
There is little to no yearly upkeep for our snow melt systems. Most of the work goes into installing them correctly and making sure the sensors for controls are connected properly and located in the best spot. As for energy usage, most systems would only need to run on average for 6 hours per snow day.
As for the cost, when this system was installed, the going rate was $0.08 per kWh (Chicago suburbs), this system uses 15 kWh and costs roughly $1.20 per hour to run. For an average snowfall, you would run this system for about 6 hours in a day, costing you only $7.20 per snow event. There is always an option to manually turn off the system should you want to further cut down on energy cost.
No you did not, thank you for catching that! Scott did mention concrete instead of asphalt since most of the jobs we get asked for on-site support are typically for concrete. This install was indeed done with just asphalt for the driveway.
For those who are unable to physically shovel their driveway - systems like these can help keep walkways clear of ice and snow, making for a much safer outdoor space to get in and out of their car all winter long. Plus, if you're already replacing your driveway from normal wear and tear, the additional of a snow melt system is minimal compared to the cost of the driveway replacement itself.
If the driveway needs to be replaced, the system would also need to be removed with the old asphalt and replaced. We often recommend the installation of these systems when you have to replace your driveway anyways.
We don't currently offer any controls that automatically convert solar energy to power the system. But if you live somewhere with plenty of sun and plenty of snow, I'm sure there is something out there that would allow you to connect already installed solar panels to the power source for any outdoor electrical needs and then this system would connect to that. It is something we have been asked often and we are definitely interested in how solar power can work with all of our products.
Hi there, we actually have a separate video of the system at work. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=UgiMqkz44hrLaHgCoAEC These systems typically need to be installed Spring - Early Fall, so showing it at work had to wait until we had some snowfall. Thanks for watching!
The whole crew helps the project move along quickly while the asphalt is still warm enough to work with - that's the one difficult thing with asphalt projects in that you have to be ready to use your supply immediately and get it set quickly. But our systems are also compatible with concrete driveways as well as pavers (as long as the system is embedded underneath them).
What actually happens? Say there's a blizzard which leaves multiple layers of snow AND ice. I imagine one would have to leave it on for days at a time which would be expensive! ( for instance heated swimming pools really pack an electric bill). Probably impractical North of the Mason Dixon line
Many of the advanced controls for these systems come with an auto-shutoff feature that turns the system off if conditions are too extreme - this helps save on electricity and prevents you from spending too much money during a bad storm. Our Snow Melt Systems are not designed to handle something as extreme as a blizzard, but for typical snow events, these systems are very reliable.
No, wtf they are doing? Here in Russia. roads are made ONLY when its heavy raining, and ONLY using a rusty shovels and drunk workers. And this. This is just ridiculus video. And there cant be any system that melt snow and ice. Snow and ice is holy in Russia! Ice must be on every road even in summer! If there is no ice - how do you die in car accident? It is normal to die because of ice on road. Am i right?
Well, hopefully you'll change that "dislike" into a "like" since we do have a separate video showing the system at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI The install was done in the Fall - well before any snowfall.
If the sensor malfunctions, it won't detect snow/moisture and therefore won't activate. We have not seen a review or received any feedback for our snow melt systems where a customer had this type of issue. If it is a concern to someone, they could opt for one of our controls that is manual and turn it on and off when they need it.
While snow tires may help your car get around more easily in the snow, our snow melt systems allow you to get in and out of your car safely. One of the biggest hazards during the winter is slipping on ice and snow - with our systems you can create snow free walkways to and from your car, making it safer and easier to get around.
Lets see this in the winter...No reflective material under the mat which mean 1/2 the heat will go down into the ground which is worthless. When it snows you will have to bare patches down your driveway. What voltage are the mats using ?
These systems are embedded in the surface material of your driveway (whether that's asphalt, concrete or in mortar under pavers). By doing this, the heat is evenly distributed throughout the surface and allows it to warm up consistently. Unless someone damages the heating elements of the system before installation, there will not be any patches of unmelted snow while the system is operating. The configuration in this installation was a unique type of tire track layout that the homeowners picked. These mats use 50 watts per square foot, you can learn more about our snow melt systems on our website: https://www.warmlyyours.com/products/snow-melting
While most assume you would have to tear up the whole driveway to repair the system, this is never the case with our radiant heating systems. With a set of specialized tools that we rent out to customers, you can identify if and where there is damage to the cable. If installed according to plan, you can find the distance into the mat or cable that there is an issue with a wire. After digging up a small portion of surface material, an electrician can do a splice repair (we sell kits for these if needed). We covered this topic in a recent YouTube live webinar, here is the part of the presentation where they address it: https://youtu.be/DyDW0Ej9ILg?t=12m43s
Our snow melt systems can only be installed by embedding them in asphalt, concrete or in mortar under pavers. Loose gravel would not provide the structural support or protection this system needs to evenly heat the surface. Our snow melt systems come with a 10 year no nonsense warranty. You can learn more here: https://www.warmlyyours.com/products/snow-melting
self regulating heater cable like this has been around for over 20 years nothing new can be used for anything from stopping pipes from freezing under lagging to being used in trays to fit under treads on metal fire escapes to stop them freezing
Our systems actually precent people from getting hurt - with how slippery ice can get, our systems create safe walking areas at home to get in and our of your car or load/unload your car. The junction box is installed according to local code, so unless you're a pretty bad driver, we doubt someone would hit that location during regular use of their driveway.
If there are ever any issues with the system, specifically the cables that are embedded under the surface material, we have tech specialists that can help you identify where the problem may be. If there is a problem under the surface material, only a small portion would need to be removed in order to access the wires and do a splice repair. This would be done by one of our tech specialists if you're in the area or a licensed electrician. Once the repair is done, the area would just need to be patched back up with the surface material you have in that spot.
Sound really good however, you do need to replace asphalt every 7 years + or - a few years depending on wether and use of driveway. What happens to your system then?
I’m going off of a short home driveway 1 car in Upstate N.Y. - every 3 years the asphalt gets resurfaced and every 7 years it needs to be redone completely just because of snow and salt on the road.
WarmlyYours - the driveway was not replaced just because of salt. Didn’t use it on the driveway anyway cause it was shoveled off.Neighbor plowed it for me.
No the driveway needed to be replaced because of the temperature. Months of cold then warmed up. The expansion and contraction of the asphalt in such temperatures is why it has to be replaced so often.
Upstate NY, 4 to 6 months of snow followed by the warming up then 1, 2 months of heat and humidity in the summer.
If you're driveway would need to be replaced, then so would the system. But the great thing with a snow melt system, is that you would be using less salt and have less wear and tear on your driveway if the salt is what's usually damaging it.
So, how far north is this still usable? I mean, when it’s a heavy snowfall and several degrees below freezing it’s bound to become pretty icy if the snow melts and freezes. Like leaving the compartment heater plugged in the car during a week of heavy snowfall with low low temperature
Our systems are able to run efficiently below freezing until it hits 17 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the system is not melting at the same rate as before, and becomes less economical to run. Most controls for our systems have a built-in feature to shut off around this temperature to ensure it is not using electricity inefficiently. We have customers who have installed this up in Canada near Toronto and still get plenty of use out of it throughout the Winter.
Well Daniel, we did exactly that. Our systems are best installed during the summer/fall seasons so that they are ready when Winter comes. Here is a link to a timelapse of this system at work last Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI
If a snow melt heating element fails under asphalt, we have tech specialists that can help you identify where the issue is. In cases where it is under the driveway/heated area - only a very small area of surface material would need to be dug up in order to get access to the damaged cable. It's the same for our floor heating products, most people think they have to rip up the whole floor - when in reality you only need to remove 1 tile or 1 strip of hardwood flooring to splice the wires and cover it back up. You can find more information on our website here: warmlyyours.com Thank you for your question!
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The ground temperature below 42 inches is normally 55 degrees. You can tap into that free temperature with a loop system that captures the surrounding temperature of deeper pipes and lay them near the top under the driveway to melt the snow and ice. If you have enough land, you can capture enough to even line your outer walls with pipes so that when the outside air temp is like 22 below zero, your walls will be closer to 55 degrees thus saving you heating costs.
Regardless of which melting system you decide to install you want to make sure the water created from melting snow has a place to go or you will create an ice sheet somewhere else. If you provide a drain for the melted water to go, you also need to provide heating on the drain until you reach a depth that the water will no longer freeze. This is usually below 42 inches.
While geo-thermal energy is a great resource, not everyone is able to dig that deep into their yards, nor do it for an area that would capture enough heat to melt snow off the driveway. Our systems don't require you to dig that deep into the surface and as a result can be easily repaired should something happen to the cable/mat after it has been installed. Our controls have an "hold-on" feature that keeps the system running intermittently after the initial warm up to make sure that all the ice/snow is melted away without refreezing.
This is our Snow Melt Mat - specifically designed to provide 50 watts per square foot and warm up outdoor surfaces to melt snow and ice (even evaporates the melted snow so it doesn't refreeze!) Here is a link to the product page for this: https://www.warmlyyours.com/products/line/snow-melt-and-deicing-snow-melting-mat Thanks for watching!
Our systems are designed to melt 1-3" of snow per hour on average - depending on conditions. Typically a snowfall of 3' overnight would be more than this rate and would take 12 hours even at the 3" melting rate. Nevertheless, the system would still melt the snow, just at a slower rate once it builds up that quickly.
this won't be practical in extreme temperatures. we've been hovering around -20C for over a week, this would just make a driveway icy. no way it's keeping everything melted in very low temps. and why does that driveway even need this? if it's melting the snow, where's the water going to drain.....and then freeze to ice? the drive doesn't seem to slope much.
We are actually based in the Chicago area and also experience low temperatures at this time of year (It is currently 3F at our office, which would be about -16C). This system was installed at a home nearby and can definitely handle cold temperatures but just not as efficiently. While it may not melt at the same rate as a 20F (-6C) snowstorm, it will still melt snow and ice, just at a slower rate. If you have the aerial sensor for this system instead of the slab sensor, there is a function called "Low Temperature Lock-Out" that will prevent the system from turning on in ambient air temperature of 17F (-8C) or lower. This feature can be turned off, but is designed to make your system only run when it can effectively melt snow with an aerial sensor. As we mentioned in other replies, the system does not allow for the snow to refreeze once melted, water evaporates on the surface. Also as we mentioned in another reply to one of your other comments, these homeowners opted for snow melt since they were adding a new portion to their driveway.
This will increase your electric bill .I do not now how it is in US, but here electric power becomes a lot more expensive during the winter months .....You can clear the driveway first with a shovel and if the ground freezes and gets hard and slippery you can add fine grain sand or if you like to melt the ice you can add salt as well. If you mix sand and salt in a bucket you have a wary effective cocktail to make the driveway non slippery and ice will start to melt as well ....When all the ice and snow is gone you can simply collect the sand from your driveway to re use it again.
While it may slightly increase your electric bill, for those that are unable to clear their driveway of snow (whether physically able to or simply a lack of time to do so) this system gives them peace of mind that they can have an snow/ice-free driveway. As more and more people age in their homes here in the U.S., these types of systems make it easy to have a safe walkway to and from the car so that things like unloading groceries are less hazardous during the winter.
Hi William, we actually do show it working in another video you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI . When the system was initially installed, we had not had any snow yet, so a timelapse video was done later in the season.
Hi Eric, we offer a 10 year warranty on this product line. If anything does go wrong, you do not need to tear up your whole driveway! These systems are design to be resilient to natural elements and can be repaired rather easily. We have tech specialists and a variety of tools to help us identify where a break may be in the system. Once the spot is located, only a small portion of surface material is removed and a splice repair is done to repair the electric heating cable.
My dad DIY'd this type of system back in 1996 on our driveway, works like a charm even today! just run heavy duty PVC pipes with anti freeze in them. keep a radiator in the garage connected to the pipes and done! once press of the button and snow melts away.... time and time again.
My uncle actually designed something similar to this years and years ago while he was in the air force. I remember him showing me this huge tarp he rigged up to lay on your driveway at night to keep the ground from freezing.
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