Snow-melt systems are becoming more and more popular, especially in areas where nature conservation is important. Snow-melt systems eliminate all of the other necessary chemicals and pollutants used today to keep areas free of ice and snow. No more salt to track indoors! No more uneven melting! Streams and rivers no longer get polluted with unnecessary additives.
They also protect your investment. Slabs last longer. Salt and other chemical additives will break down the surface of a concrete slab over the years. For brick paver applications, snow-melt systems provide a certain amount of physical protection. Keep snowplows away and retain the beauty of your investment!
A Snowmelt system functions even during a storm thus improving safety.
The fluid is warmed to temperatures of 70°F to 140°F to warm surrounding concrete/asphalt/concrete pavers and melt snow and ice.
Mechanical system technology for hydronic snowmelt systems is based on the same technology as radiant heating systems.
In an Uponor Snow and Ice Melting System, PEX tubing is buried in concrete, asphalt, or sand and circulates a warm water/glycol solution to heat the surface and melt ice and snow, eliminating the costs and hassle of salting, sanding, plowing, and shoveling.
TACO Headquarters Walkway | Cranston, RI
Our snow-melt systems operate in conjunction with an automatic activation device that will turn on the system when it senses precipitation and freezing temperatures and turn off the system when temperatures are above freezing. These types of devices ensure the system is only active during useful periods and reduces wasteful energy consumption.
Radiant and Snow-Melt Installation at TACO Solutions headquarters. Check out this great video...
Operating costs vary by energy source (natural gas, propane, or Oil) used and costs associated. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers have standards intended to achieve satisfactory results and to minimize energy consumption from oversizing or over-designing a system. Systems are typically designed to produce 70-170 BTU/sqft using ASHRAE guidelines by region. The time to melt snow from a surface varies by storm and how many BTUs the system is designed to produce.