The snowmelt system reacts to the combination of temperature drop and moisture, automatically starting up and melting away snow and ice
In South Bend, Indiana, the heating system is a necessity from October until sometime in May. we expect temperatures below freezing for approximately six months per year. The winters are long and difficult. The cold is brutal. We also experience an abundance of snow. The average annual accumulation is 64.5 inches. It is considered the snowiest town in Indiana. When the temperature drops into the teens, spending any length of outdoors is unpleasant and possibly dangerous. Due to the snow, it can be necessary to devote hours to shoveling walkways and the driveway. The snow can accumulate so quickly that the job of shoveling is required several times per day. Then there is the problem of the large piles of snow. They become so huge that they take up essential space in the driveway and obstruct access to the garage. I am very fortunate that my house is equipped with a boiler heater. The boiler sends heated water through a looping network of pipes concealed beneath the floor. The heat spreads across the surface of the floor and rises gradually, creating a very even and gentle comfort. No matter how chilly the weather outside, the living space is perfectly warm. The boiler operates quietly, reliably and efficiently. It allows for the set up of zone control that eliminates the need to heat empty rooms and also caters to personal comfort preferences. One of the best features of the boiler is that it connects to a snowmelt system. Very much like inside the house, there is a series of pipes hidden beneath the cement of the walkways and driveways. The snowmelt system reacts to the combination of temperature drop and moisture, automatically starting up and melting away snow and ice. Living in South Bend, the snowmelt system operates for six to eight months of the year and proves invaluable. While my neighbors are outside shoveling, my driveway is always clear.