In the area where I live, the amount of snow is a problem. We often accumulate several feet of snow in a single night. Our winter seasons last for six to eight straight months, with temperatures falling between freezing and negative twenty degrees. We typically experience our first snowfall sometime in early October, and the snow usually remains until mid April. This requires lots of plowing, shoveling and spreading snow melting chemicals. It is expensive to buy a plow for the truck or hire someone to handle the plowing. Shoveling the snow is time-consuming, exhausting, and a daily job. Snow melt chemicals, such as rock salt, damage the landscape and can get tracked inside and damage the floors. After years of dealing with excessive amounts of snow, my husband and I invested in a snowmelt system. This was an expensive project which required digging up our driveway, walkways and floor of the garage. We were fortunate to already have a boiler installed in the home which is powerful enough to handle the additional workload. A series of pipes were installed and then covered with a fresh layer of cement. The hydronic heating system is setup to automatically activate at a certain temperature and moisture level. The boiler supplies hot water, which travels through the underground pipes and transfers heat to the cement surface. This heating system effectively melts away snow and ice from the driveway, garage and walkways. There’s no more need for shoveling or plowing, and no worry of slipping and falling. While it was a costly investment, the snow melt system is definitely worthwhile.