Radiant Heated Driveway Systems – a Safe, Energy-efficient Alternative to Manual Snow Removal

Summer and fall are the best times of the year to install a heated driveway. Many homeowners still recall the previous winter and want to be better prepared for the next cold season. With rising energy costs, Warmzone focuses on energy saving radiant heating options that are appealing to homeowners.

Installing a radiant heated driveway is one way to take away some of the dread of winter. Planning for the next winter before the bad weather hits makes perfect sense. In recent years, the country has endured particularly harsh winters; and ice and snow make getting out of the driveway dangerous, and sometimes, even impossible.

Electric snow melting systems designed for heating driveways, parking areas and walkways are in high demand. “Snow blowers, shoveling, and plowing are cumbersome ways to clear driveways,” says Brandon Weaver, executive vice president of Warmzone. “Homeowners are installing radiant heated driveway systems instead. It’s safer and often more energy efficient.”

Warmzone, a premiere radiant heat company with a large variety of radiant heat solutions, recommends ClearZone snow melting systems. The ClearZone cable is a durable heating cable built specifically for heating driveways, sidewalks and other areas that require snow removal. Installing under-pavement radiant heat systems are ideal because they eliminate a lot of safety risks of people falling or cars sliding.

ClearZone heating cable is designed to produce 30-50 watts per square foot and is programmable to automate the process of heating a driveway. This is an electric radiant heating system, similar to indoor floor heating systems. Electric systems use a line-voltage cable, while hydronic systems generate hot water then pump it through plastic PEX tubing. Electric heating elements are embedded in the surface and use resistant heating to heat the surrounding area. Most systems incorporate an automatic sensor that detects inclement weather to activate the system. The electric radiant heat systems tend to be more efficient, require less maintenance, and heat surfaces quicker. A heated driveway is a great investment and will enhance the value of a home.

The cost to maintain a heated driveway is less than hiring someone to shovel snow. Your concrete lasts longer because you’re not using salt or harsh chemicals (or a plow) to melt or remove ice and snow. Electric snow melting is simple yet durable, and requires no maintenance.

If your driveway needs to be replaced, pouring new concrete is ideal in warmer weather. Warm temperatures allow the concrete to cure properly, which increases the cement’s durability. So, if you are building a home, consider an automated snow melting system before you begin construction. A heated driveway is easier to install now, and it will add safety and value to your property.