Radiant in Residential

Why should you consider a radiantly heated driveway?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:48

Imagine waking up after an overnight snow storm, getting ready for work and backing out of your driveway without having to shovel, hire someone to plow or sprinkle melting salt everywhere.Does this sound like a scene out of a dream? It's actually a very attainable option with the installation of radiant heating systems.What are the benefits of a heated driveway?

As the baby boomer generation ages, there will be a higher percentage of homeowners that don't want to or are unable to put as much effort into clearing snow from the driveway. Whether you aren't mobile enough to shovel yourself out, don't know any neighborhood kids to help or are simply tired of the incessant snow accumulation, radiant heat might be an ideal solution for you. The technology is also beneficial for emergency situations, or people who work in timely industries such as a medical field.In addition to relieving concerns such as time wasted from clearing snow and safety hazards, your heated driveway can help the environment. People tend to be very liberal with their use of melting chemicals and salt during the winter to avoid ice. With electric floor heating, you can spare the ecosystem those damaging products. According to an article in The Tennessean, installing radiant heat panels under your driveway can actually increase the resale value of your home. You will also protect your driveway from damage caused by melting chemicals and plows by eliminating the snow that typically blankets the pavement. Additionally, less salt and melting agent will be tracked into your home.If you're wondering whether the price of installing this technology is worth the effort, you may want to weigh the long-term benefits against the financial aspect, which depends on many factors. Cost can fluctuate based on the size of the driveway, your region and the company you hire to install the technology. It's also possible to heat one portion of your driveway to save on heated flooring.Beyond the ability to melt snow as it falls for an ever-clear driveway, heated floor systems can be installed under a patio or deck for an additional way to use the technology, suggested HomeAdvisor International. You can spend winter evenings in the hot tub or grilling outside without trudging through freezing snow.How does the technology work?

Often a driveway is heated using a radiant floor heating system that is installed outdoors instead of in a home. HomeAdvisor International explained that hot water and antifreeze are pumped into the tubes that sit under the pavement to warm the surface. Some systems have a setting to automatically activate the driveway heating mechanism when the temperature falls beneath a particular level or when it senses precipitation.It makes the most sense to install a heated driveway if you're already replacing it. However, it's also possible to set the technology up without tearing the whole driveway up. According to HomeAdvisor, there are heating systems that can be slipped underneath an established driveway, but they might not have the same warranty coverage. When the driveway is taken out and repaved, it's easier to ensure the tubes were installed correctly because the workers can see the whole operation. Additionally, your driveway may crumble a few years after the radiant heating has been established if it was disturbed in the process. Overall, a complete installation is preferable when it comes to a heated driveway, particularly one that involves coordination between the paving company and HVAC specialists. Do It Yourself suggested consulting your home insurance company to find out about potential tax breaks or other benefits that a heated driveway could bring about.

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