I live in an area which is well-known for the amount of snowfall. There is constantly a need to shovel the walkways and plow the driveway. It’s time consuming, exhausting and expensive to hire a professional service. Plus, I end up with huge piles of snow that take up space in the driveway and block access to the garage. Spreading rock salt and other chemicals causes damage to landscaping and can get tracked into the house. Since I already had a boiler heating system installed into my home, I recently invested into a snowmelt system. This type of outdoor, inground heating has been used across the country for over 75 years. By heating the surfaces of driveways, sidewalks and garage floors, snow and ice are melted and evaporated. The snowmelt system was rather involved and expensive to install. A closed-loop system needed to be implemented beneath the concrete, which meant starting from scratch. The pipes are connected to the boiler, covered by cement, and carry heated water, which effectively handles any buildup of snow and ice. The pipes are protected, so they should last a long time. I keep up with annual maintenance for the boiler, to maximize dependability and efficiency. The snowmelt system is also quite energy efficient and saves me a great deal of money on snow removal. I no longer need to worry about someone slipping on the ice and potentially getting hurt. I avoid the strain on my back from hours of shoveling heavy snow. The outdoor radiant heating provides a safe and reliable means of maintaining the walkways and driveway.