Heated Driveway and Snowmelt Systems
For your safety and comfort, Reliant Heating and Air Conditioning offers two different kinds of snow melting systems in Denver. The first is hydronic snow melting. The second is electric snow melting. Learn more about both methods and their purposes below.
How do snowmelt systems work?
The snow melting system is activated by snow and ice sensors. Snow and ice sensors can be placed flush with the pavement and on small poles on roofs and in the ground. Aerial snow sensors are mounted on small poles less than an inch wide to detect falling snow, activating the hydronic snow melting equipment below the pavement. Aerial snow sensors can help prevent snow from accumulating altogether, keeping your home or business safe to enter and exit. These sensors are routed to a control panel that will begin the process of melting snow once the sensors are triggered.
What is hydronic snow melting equipment?
Hydronic snow melting equipment is installed under sidewalks, under entryways and beneath pavement. Glycol solution circulates through tough tubing embedded in concrete or below bricks. Hydronic snow melting systems often have lower operating costs than electric snow melting systems.
What is electric snow melting equipment?
Typically used for small to medium sized projects, electric snow melting systems are installed at a lower price point than hydronic snow melting systems. Electric snow melting systems can melt 2-4 inches of snow per hour.
What are some of the most common uses of snowmelt systems?
In residential implementations, we frequently install snowmelt systems under front porches, front steps, sidewalks and driveways. In commercial applications, we often install snowmelt systems in entryways of businesses, car wash bays, walkways and loading docks.