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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.
+David M I'd have to agree, if it's bad enough you can't get out of your driveway, then everyone else is in the same boat, just have a service do it for you or a family member if you aren't able. Most ppl charge 75-120 bucks for a modest driveway, less if it's smaller. Way more economical for a maybe than a huge investment, but if ppl got money to toss, more power to them.
Our system was not designed or tested for this type of use, but there are plenty of other systems created specifically for keeping plants and soil warm during winter: https://www.google.com/search?q=soil+heating+cable&oq=soil+heating&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.16359j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
+WarmlyYours, a crazy question - can the system be adapted to create an exotic flower bed in the garden? (to overwinter plants with low hardiness)
If so, have you ever heard about someone actually making it happen?
Water piping requires more installation materials and is not as quick to warm up as an electric heating system. The water tubes used are much thicker and therefore require a much thicker layer to embed the heating element. The water has to get to temperature and make its way to the areas to melt the snow whereas electric is able to warm up almost immediately and start melting the snow. Electric is also able to stay consistent in temperature throughout the system while a water heating system would be warmer near the point of entry and cooler at the point furthest from the boiler. Thanks for watching!
Good video . I assume this only works on asphalt not concrete because asphalt gets hot and gooey when heated. Did you mention that? Also interesting video but are you in such a hurry to post you couldnt show it working in winter??
This works for asphalt, concrete and in mortar/sand under pavers actually. The system only gets warm enough to melt the snow, so just above freezing. Slab sensors are installed with asphalt jobs to help detect the internal temperature and turn the system off intermittently once the snow has melted to protect the integrity of the asphalt, no worries about it getting "gooey". As with anything designed for winter, it's always best to install well before the season, so this project was completed in late summer of 2016 and we wanted to share the install as soon as it was ready while we waited for the first snowfall. We actually do have separate videos showing it at work once winter came that year, you can see one of them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI
Well since this system used 15 kWh, with a national average of $0.15 per kWh, that would mean an hourly cost of $2.25. The average run time for a day with snow is 6 hours, coming out to $13.50 for each day of use. So for the snowiest month on average for Chicago, January, we see 8 snow days. So for only $108 for the snowiest month, you can have a clear driveway. Split that over 10 years and you'd only be getting $10.80 a year for shoveling someone else's driveway everytime it snows. Plus, our system is able to keep up with snowstorms by melting as it falls, whereas most people won't offer to shovel or plow a driveway until after the snowfall has stopped.
John, since installation has to take place well before Winter, we were not able to include the system working with the installation video. But if you take a look at our timelapse of this system at work, you'll see how it melts the snow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI
Since this new driveway section was already being added, the snow melt system was just a small additional cost to a project that was happening anyways. For a typical driveway (10' x 20'), a tire track layout would cost just only $2,938.00. While paying someone to shovel is cheaper per shoveling, you would still have to wait for them to show up and get things clear. And with asphalt, there is always that skim layer of snow that freezes and becomes ice. WIth a snow melt system, you don't have to wait until the snow stops and it completely melts ice and snow. With the right sensors, it can start working for you automatically. You can learn more about it over here: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting/driveway/asphalt-design-guide
This would be fine for like an inch of snow, but once you get to like 6” to over foot, all you’re doing is creating a fricken ice damn underneath the tons of snow. Stupid system. Just invest in a goddamn riding snowplow or showblower.
Only a portion of the driveway is wired. I'm assuming the electrical connections will be to 240V. Heating elements that long and large will generate very expensive utility bills. Such a large load will also require a reconfigured electrical box because the amps required might be larger than the standard 20A, or 25A.
Also, the PVC conduits needed to be enclosed.
It is indeed 240V, this system uses 15kWh of electricity. Some projects do require the electrical being reconfigured, so we always advise customers to check their home limitations while planning and contact their provider if more electricity will be required for their heating needs. As for the conduit, it was enclosed for this system according to local code and requirements for this type of system.
We have actually done several projects over the years for free to help those who are not able to clear snow from outdoor areas. This is one example that we feature: https://www.warmlyyours.com/posts/Radiate-Compassion-Team-Effort-Makes-Heated-Wheelchair-Ramp-a-Reality-986
, We also feature it as a guide for how to do these types of walkways: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting/heated-walkway-path and this project featured for our accessibility ramps guide was also a project we help donate product towards: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting/accessibility-ramp-deicing
We know a Snow Melting System isn't for everyone, but we just want to make sure that any misconceptions are always addressed since this is a relatively new technology for most people. Thank you for asking questions though, and we hope you at least enjoy watching the system at work on our channel. :) Have a great weekend!
+WarmlyYours I get it, you guys need to be salesman first and foremost, but you've said it yourself, some winters there really isn't much snow, not sure how most ppl could justify the cost just for maybe a big storm happens and it's useful, heck even most probably have their snow blowers gathering dust for just that reason, the push broom gets more of a workout. Does your company do installs for physicaly disabled on a pro Bono basis? That would be fantastic PR! Good luck with the business, God bless.
While we do agree that winter air can be refreshing, for those that are not physically able to shovel their driveways and don't want to wait on a service to come do it for them, this system gives them peace of mind that their driveway will be clear and safe for them to get into and out of their vehicle or simply go outside without slipping.
These systems are actually quite easy to repair. We have tools that can indicate where in the cable there is damage. Excavate only that small area of your driveway and a simple splice repair reverses the damage (usually from poor installation). While a snowblower is somewhat convenient, it still requires going out into frigid temperatures to move the snow. As for hiring kids to shovel it, this system guarantees that it will be clear day or night as soon as it starts snowing - most kids aren't going out to shovel until after the snow has stopped.
Have you heard of how salt damages plants, shoes, cars and can be harmful to pets? Plus it does not 100% melt the snow or prevent ice from forming. Radiant heating is a solution for those who don't want to go through bags of rock salt every winter and don't have the time or ability to shovel their driveway each time it snows.
If your driveway is snow free though, it'll make it easier to get to that 4 foot pile and start clearing it. PLus if the snow is that deep, we doubt anyone would be going out to drive in it. This system makes it easy to get in and out of your car, unload groceries and simply walk outside without fear of slipping during winter.
Some people do use hot water mixed with glycol so it won't freeze but it requires digging down into the area where the driveway will be since the pipes to run the water are much thicker than an electrical cable. Hydronic heating systems always present their own unique challenges since the water cools as it travels through the pipes, meaning that the area introducing the water will be the warmest while the pipes furthest from the source will be cooler and may not melt the snow at the same rate. Electric keeps it consistent throughout, but you definitely have to evaluate your potential electrical usage.
The total watts for this project was 15,015 watts, so 15.015 kWh. This project used our 240V snow melting mats. The average kWh rate in the US is $0.12 an hour so this would run for $1.80 per every hour you have it running. It only needs to be on when snow is actually falling, once it's melted the system goes into a standby mode that uses less power for a short time and then turns off once it has detected that it's no longer snowing. You can also control it manually to help better control power usage. Thanks for watching!
Few questions! durability, maintance cost, asphalt usually cracks after a few years, will this damage the system? it seems like it uses about 10 kwh will most houses have the amps available to run it? when ice and snow starting to melt where does water goes if everything around it is full of snow and no car passes it thru? melting snow in an outside temperature is really expensive and the system will have to run for a lot more than 6 hours to keep water from becoming ice, water will just stay between the snow and go nowhere, I mean is convinient for those that have a lot of money but not really a cheap solution.
Hi Deoc, there are no maintenance costs for this system. It comes with a 10 year warranty and we've yet to have a system simply fail. Most repairs we've done have been for systems that were damaged by the asphalt contractor as it was being installed, and we offer tools to help identify the location of damaged wires, so only a small portion of the driveway has to be excavated in order to splice and repair the wire. Asphalt does crack after a few years and typically has a lifespan of 12-20 years. For an area like ours, Chicago, it's more towards the lower end (12 years) meaning that most people need to replace their asphalt anyways, so with the cost of a snow melting system added on, it's a small addition to the overall cost.
These systems can also be embedded in concrete or in mortar/sand under pavers if asphalt is not what you're looking for in a driveway. This particular system is 240VAC and uses roughly 15kWh, so with the national average of $0.12 per kWh, it costs only $1.80 an hour to run this system. If you don't have the electrical power to run this kind of system, you can adjust the size easily or reach out to your city to discuss this type of project and plan on more power for your home.
As for the snow, once it's melted, it actually evaporates away from the surface. The asphalt is kept dry and warm, preventing the water from re-freezing. Even during our most recent ice storm, this system was able to produce two strips of ice-free asphalt. The system only warms up to just above freezing, roughly 40 degrees to keep the snow from re-freezing.
If you think about how much your time is worth and how much salt the average person goes through each winter, this system can be a huge benefit to those who are not able to shovel or don't want salt damaging their cars, shoes, plants or harming their pets.
Hope we answered all of your questions, Thanks for watching!
There actually is a product like that and you can find it here: https://heattrak.com/ . While these systems are easy to roll out, they may not turn on and melt snow in the cases of drifting snow for instance. Thanks for watching!
It's actually commonly used in other countries, Iceland especially has utilized embedded snow melting systems throughout their cities for decades, so it has been pretty tested. Our systems come with a 10-year warranty. Asphalt driveways can last anywhere between 12 to 20 years depending on the climate and care. For climates with frequent snowfall, we all know how much damage it does to roadways and would most likely lean towards the lower end of that timeframe (12 years). So with all that in mind, your snow melt system would be covered under warranty throughout the life of an asphalt driveway and only need to be replaced when replacing your driveway (which would happen regardless of a snow melt system.) In fact, a snow melt system could help extend the life of your asphalt driveway because it would not allow the snow to seep into cracks and then refreeze and damage the asphalt's structure.
We've yet to have any instances reported where this is the case. And in the instances where damage was done during installation and only discovered after the fact, customers can rent out our tech support tools to help them identify where damage is exactly. Making it easy to excavate a small portion of the surface material to make a splice repair on the wire. Our system is incredibly durable and can withstand the weight of normal cars and trucks continuously driving over the asphalt. But if it is a concern for you, the system can also be embedded in a concrete driveway.
This is very cool. I always wondered about a heated drive with asphalt as the house I grew up in had a concrete heated driveway. As long as the switch was turned on before the snowfall it would work great...but if it wasn't....we still had to shovel. I grew up in MI and it was back in the 70's......with the cost of electricity these days....I will have to stick with my snow thrower. But hey thanks for a great video presentation..thumbs up !!! ;-)
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Danilo, our systems are well tested and only warm up the surface to just above freezing to help melt the snow. So "warm up" is relative to the frigid temperatures outside. Consider how much an asphalt driveway is warmed up by just the sun alone during summer, our systems fall well below that threshold and do not compromise the structural integrity of the driveway.
Hi Hector, these systems need to be installed well before winter, which is why we have separate videos here to show it at work during snowfall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=UgwA-ZV_fANYWNq_O1F4AaABAg . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzHjo78t7Y . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYTxI8dVwGM
They are indeed putting down a base layer of asphalt, laying out the snow melt mats and then applying a top layer of asphalt. These wires heat up and radiate warmth to help melt the snow and are incredibly durable. The asphalt's temperature does not damage it during installation as long as all steps are followed properly. The most important thing is to make sure that heavy machinery is not rolled directly over the heating cables, or using sharp tools like rakes or shovels to move the cables that could nick the casing/wire. Thanks for watching!
While winter tires may help your car handle the snow, there are plenty of falling accidents that happen from a snowy driveway. Especially for the elderly, this type of system could give peace of mind that there's no more salting or shoveling and they still get to enjoy a clear driveway. We actually specialize in floor heating so we wanted to offer a solution for the outdoors as well. You can find out what the cost would be for this type of system by checking out our online quote builder tool for snow melting or floor heating: https://www.warmlyyours.com/snow-melting/quote-builder . Thanks for watching!
This looks like a great system but lets be honest its really for people who not only are wealthy but also have money to burn. That was one expensive looking driveway. Cool product and if I ever hit Powerball I will be in it. Thanks
The machines used are designed to safely go over the embedded snow melt system to help compact the asphalt. It is advised that large machines/cars should not drive directly over the cable when exposed (not yet embedded in asphalt).
This would be expensive to install because the final layer of paving has to be done by hand with shovels and no paving company wants to do this. Also, the surface would not be a cosistant thickness due to the absence of a paving machine screed board, and surface would cause a bouncy ride.
Well, it turns out that many customers are willing to pay a bit more for the type of install needed if it means no more shoveling or salting their driveway. Investing in a system that's installed correctly will pay off in the long run. 👍
While a paving machine can't be used, there are many driveways that have been installed just like this with our snow melt system. We've have had no issues that compromise the functionality of the asphalt driveway with this type of installation, plus no more salting or shoveling!
KC, our systems use 50 watts per square foot. And if you opt for tire track coverage, as these homeowners did, you cut down on electrical cost significantly. Compared to the cost of salt bags and back breaking shoveling, it can definitely be worth it in areas that have lower electrical costs.
I'm at about 7000' in the Sierras. On occasion, snow can get very deep in a very short period of time. Does this pose a unique challenge? For instance, if I did just the two tracks, would I expect to still show up to a 4' tower of snow down the middle? Or, does the heat radiate enough to mitigate that? I've got about 40' of sloping driveway; straight to the garage. Also, we can go weeks without any snow at all. Will the tracks engage at a low temp, anyway? Or is there also a moisture sensor?
Our systems are designed to melt 1-3" of snow per hour on average - depending on the weather conditions. Sudden snowfall (like a blizzard with several feet overnight) will not melt as quickly but it will eventually melt.
As for the tire tracks layout, the heating cables only radiate out by 1.5", which is why we often space them at 3" to have complete coverage. If you got 4' of snowfall, there would still be a buildup in the center, but any snow that fell onto the tire track would be melted. The great thing though as that these systems not only melt the snow but they also help prevent any melted snow from refreezing into black ice.
These systems come with various types of controls and sensors, so depending on what's selected, the system could detect moisture and temperature to make sure it's only turning on when snow is present on the surface of the driveway. Helping the system only turn on when you need it.
Here is a link to our main page for this type of product: https://www.warmlyyours.com/snow-melting/driveway .
And here is our online tool that could help you figure out what the cost might be to cover your driveway: https://www.warmlyyours.com/snow-melting/quote-builder . The difference in cost between full coverage and tire track layout for a 40' driveway is roughly $1300.
Thanks for watching!
It's completely up to the owners. Many often choose tire track coverage to help cut down on electrical cost and installation cost. Especially for those that have very long driveways, tire track coverage can help make this type of project much more affordable and practical to use without excessive use of electricity.
The system can run as frequently as you need it to. Most customers purchase sensors and advanced controls which allow the system to detect snow on its own and start melting when needed. There are always manual override to these controls, so should you need to turn it on you are able to. The systems with advanced controls are designed to turn on when its energy efficient to do so. If it is snowing too much too quickly, the system will automatically shut off, but you can turn it on manually if you don't mind using more electricity to do so.
+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)_/¯
I currently pay about $800/year for driveway clearing as a subscription service, which is great to have a cleared driveway at a vacation home. They come out daily or multiple times to the neighborhood, as needed. Which is great. My problem is, 2' of snow can pile up in my driveway between plows. Had to shovel my way into the house tonight, for instance (which is why I'm watching this video tonight!). I've not done the cost analysis, with energy considered, but -- random guess -- I'm thinking 5 to 6 year payback.
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
Actually Steamrollers are used modern day the term Steamroller does not come from a steam powered unit dumb dumb the term steamrollered came about due to the steam that is produced when the cooling water of the drums come in contact with the hot asphalt seriously next time you're driving on a cool summer morning and a Paving crews out put down your cell phone for a few seconds and look the rollers will be steaming like crazy that's where the term comes from dumb dumb
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.
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