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Benefits of Outdoor Radiant Heat Systems

By May 10, 2012April 16th, 2021No Comments

Everyone who has lived in a snowy climate has wished for an alternative to shoveling.
And, living in New England is no different. Luckily, for those who want to throw away their snow shovels, there are outdoor radiant heat systems. Outdoor radiant heat systems can be placed under driveways, walkways, and patios, ensuring that your paved surfaces will be kept clear of snow and ice… without shoveling!


Outdoor radiant heat systems are the perfect solution to eliminating snow without having to go outside and shovel. Long gone are the days of breaking our backs to clear snow. In fact, outdoor radiant heat systems will continue to warm your patios, driveways, or walkways to ensure that no snow or ice will be present on those surfaces. Can you imagine sitting inside by the warm fire, watching the snow fall knowing that your outdoor radiant heat systems are keeping your driveway clean and clear of snow and ice? Sounds like an ideal situation to me! The following excerpts from doityourself.com offer more insight into the benefits of outdoor radiant heat systems.

Taking their lead from radiant floor heating in the home, many new buildings are taking advantage of outdoor radiant heat for walkways and driveways. The system makes sense for cold climates – it’s a great alternative to introducing salts and chemicals in to the environment when trying to melt snow and ice, and family members and visitors aren’t at risk of slips and falls due to icy walkways.

Outdoor radiant heat can also be a great advantage for professionals such as doctors, who may need to get out quickly in an emergency, and don’t have the time to shovel out the driveway. Especially long driveways are benefitted by radiant heat in the same way. It can take a great deal of time to clean out a 200 yard driveway, and if there is any emergency, a heated driveway can melt the snow and provide an easy exit.

Patios can be complimented by the addition of a radiant heating system, giving a more aesthetic appeal to the home, and allowing homeowners the opportunity to enjoy their patio more on warmer winter days. Imagine having a barbecue in the winter, enjoying the time outside cooking on a patio with a heated deck!


The Benefits of Heated Driveways and Walkways

If the installation is done properly by a professional installer, the advantages and benefits of having heated walkways, driveways, and patios is enormous. The environment is protected from chemicals and salts, there is no pesky snow shoveling to do, and you can get out of your driveway easily in the case of emergency. But probably the biggest advantage of all is to the safety of family and visitors to your home. If your walkways and driveways are heated, ice and snow will be melted, and there will be no danger of slips and falls.

It would probably be wise to check with your insurance agent when installation of a radiant heat system is complete. Who knows? They might give you a break on your premiums for installing heated walkways and drives. And you will no longer have to worry about your expensive carpeting being ruined by tracked in salt and chemicals, or pets and children possibly becoming sick from the tracked in materials.

As you can see, outdoor radiant heat systems are a great solution to the problem of snow shoveling and ice. As long as the outdoor radiant heat systems are on, the snow will disappear and you can spend the day inside your warm house, with the knowledge that your walkways, driveways, and patios are clear and safe.

If you are interested in having an outdoor radiant heat system installed, we can help you. Give us a call and we can work with you to get the outdoor radiant heat systems installed and ready for winter.