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Spring Fever? Get Ahead of Winter with ProMelt Permanent Snow Removal

Spring Fever? Get Ahead of Winter with ProMelt Permanent Snow Removal

For those of us who live in colder climates or at higher altitudes, spring is finally here, and the last thing we want to think about is more winter. If thoughts of snow removal give you the chills, you’re not alone! But the warmer, milder months offer the perfect opportunity for home improvement and to plan ahead for those snowy days to come. So before you add pavers or pour new concrete this spring, consider adding luxurious electric radiant heat to your driveways and walkways with ProMelt by SunTouch. Read on to find out if ProMelt is the right choice for your home.

What is ProMelt?

ProMelt mats being rolled out before a new concrete pour

Manufactured by SunTouch, ProMelt Snow & Ice Melting products include electric radiant heating mats & cables that install quickly and easily into driveways, walkways, and other outdoor areas. They are suitable for installation underneath pavers, bricks, tile and stone, or embedding in new concrete or asphalt pours.

ProMelt ultra-durable heating elements come in two installation configurations:

  • ProMelt Mats While performing the same function as the cables, ProMelt mats provide a quicker and easier installation.  They are available in 120, 240, 208, & 277 Volt options, and come in 2 ft. and 3 ft. widths in various lengths.
  • ProMelt Cables Loose cable can be more easily configured on-site to fit oddly shaped areas or go around obstacles. Cables are also available in 120, 240, 208, & 277 Volt options and in a variety of sizes fitting areas between 8 and 115 square feet.

Note: ProMelt cannot be installed under wood or composite surfaces.

 

What are the advantages?

Heated walkway keeping a safe path to a residential entryway

ProMelt offers safety and convenience over traditional ways of removing snow and ice. (Check out our handy pro/con list of common snow removal methods here.) With electric radiant heat in your driveways and walkways, you can avoid labor-intensive shoveling, annual snow blower maintenance, or the cost of hiring someone else to plow your driveway or shovel your walk. And because ProMelt works without de-icing chemicals and salts, the system preserves the condition of your driveway and walkway surfaces – and landscaping, too. Here are just some of the benefits of ProMelt:

  • Adds luxury and value to your home—A permanent snow removal system is an asset to your home
  • Maintenance-free snow and ice melting—No moving parts that would require at least annual service
  • Simple and efficient—High-quality ProMelt system controls are available in a wide range of options for ultimate convenience
  • Saves time and labor—Retire your shovel and eliminate the need for plow/removal labor
  • Increases safety and reduces liability—Safer walkways mean reduced liability from slips and falls on your property, and safety for your family and guests (Read more about outdoor snow melting and safety here)
  • Environmentally friendlier than de-icing salts and chemicals—ProMelt preserves the condition of your driveway/walkway and landscaping and protects pets’ paws from harsh chemicals
  • Automatic sensor options—ProMelt systems automatically activate before snow hits the ground

 

How does ProMelt work?

Our most popular and efficient ProMelt systems use automatic sensors that detect temperature and precipitation, so the system will activate only when the weather is right for snow or ice formation. This provides the most effective heating at the lowest possible cost.

  • Aerial/Pole Mounted Automatic SensorsMost popular / inexpensive
  • Slab Mounted Automatic SensorsBest suited for areas with risk of high winds or targeted ice melting applications where conditions might interfere with the sensor's ability to accurately detect precipitation.

Manual controls are also available but are recommend mainly for heating outdoor spaces such as patios.  They can be used for snow & ice melting but are much less efficient than systems using automatic sensors.  The main feature of a manual system is the ability for the user to turn the heat on and off as they please and set the temperature at the thermostat.

Note:  Activating your system manually after snow has fallen will greatly increase melting time and energy consumption.

 

Where does outdoor radiant electric heat work best?

Heated walks and drives are generally very efficient, especially with the addition of automatic sensors, and can save you time and money in the long run over traditional snow removal methods. However, ProMelt mats and cables work best closer to your home. For very long or large driveways, you’ll want to determine whether installing ProMelt under a portion of your surface will offer the results you need. You can also choose to install heat only under tire tracks and surrounding areas rather than heating the entire surface of your driveway. Give us a call, and we’ll help you determine whether ProMelt might be an efficient choice for your home.

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