Boiler powers a snow melt system

My local area is known as the “snow belt.” We are situated in the northeastern part of the country, along the shores of one of the larger Great Lakes. We are well into the winter months before the lake freezes over. As clouds travel over the unfrozen lake, they suck up water. They become very heavy and eventually drop moisture right on my area. Because of the very low temperature, this precipitation turns to snow. It is not unusual for us to accumulate several feet of snow in a matter of hours. We expect to deal with below-freezing temperatures and snow for more than half the year. There’s usually snow on the ground for Halloween, Christmas and Easter. We hope that it thaws before Mother’s Day. The severe weather makes central air conditioner unnecessary and a powerful heating system a priority. I am thankful that my house is equipped with a boiler. The boiler is a hydronic heating system, making it especially advantageous. It heats up water and pumps it through a series of pipes that are concealed beneath the floor. The heat spreads across the surface of the floor and radiates into the air to provide very clean, consistent and gentle comfort. I have a similar system of pipes installed beneath the concrete of the garage floor, driveway, walkways and front step. The snowmelt system automatically activates in response to moisture and temperature drop. I don’t even need to be at home to start it up. Hot water travels from the boiler, through the pipes and back in a closed loop. The heat works to melt away snow and ice. I never need to worry about shoveling, plowing or using damaging snowmelt chemicals. There’s no fear of slipping on the ice or getting wet feet.

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