If you decided to get a snowmelt system for your home, don’t hurry to buy the first available. This equipment varies not only in models; there is one more profound division – in the operational principle. Snowmelt systems can be electric and hydronic (water-based), and both have particular pros and cons. For example, electric ones are easier to install as they do not require setting up a boiler to heat water. On the other hand, hydronic systems use way less electricity. Thus, their operational costs are much lower.
Hydronic Snowmelt Systems
Experts compare this equipment with the warm floors device; it is used to heat roads and sites and is designed to operate in outdoor conditions. It uses a water source of heating, however, and its capacity is much higher than the system of underfloor heating.
Both systems (electrical and water) begin to work when they enter a snow or ice formation zone. In this case, the inclusion can be regulated, depending on the set temperature. Hot water is supplied through the pumps to the designated surface. But, practice shows that the use of a hydronic system significantly saves money for its installation and operation compared to an electric one. However, the choice is up to the homeowner.