Category Archives: Snow Melting

Driveway Heating: Coils or Cables?

Heated driveways and snow melting systems utilize one of two technologies, electric or hydronic. Hydronic systems involve the cycling of fluid from a boiler through pipes or tubing. Warmquest specializes in electric snow melting systems. These systems heat the surface through a heating element embedded in the paving material.

Often called heating coils, heated driveway technology actually uses heating cables to generate heat through resistive heating. What is the difference between cables and coils? Let’s take a look.

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Heated Decks: A Look at the Options

heateddeckLooking to heat your deck? You aren’t alone. We receive many calls seeking the best snow melting solution for many types of decks. From clearing an entire surface to providing a path to a barbecue or hot tub, snow melting systems create year round access.

Let’s take a look at some of the best deck heating solutions and approaches.

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Lake-Effect Snow

We recently put together an infographic highlighting some of the snowiest areas of the United States. As we placed the locations on a map, a visible trend emerged. The vast majority of these cities were in the Great Lakes region. We also saw locations near the Great Salt Lake and Cape Cod Bay make the list.

lake effect Infographic

Why are these areas buried in snow? Well if you are from one of these regions you probably know the answer: Lake-effect snow, sometimes called ocean-effect or bay-effect snow. Lake-effect snow occurs when cold air moves over a body of water, picking up water vapor and then dumping it in large quantities of snow when it reaches shore.

The result is a lot of snow in a short time, often in a smaller geographic area.

The key to lake-effect snow is the temperature difference between the air and water. When the air is colder than than the water it is traveling over it picks up moisture for snowfall. As lakes freeze over, lake-effect snow ceases to occur.

In addition to cold air and warmer water, the distance the air moves over the lake is another major factor in the forming of lake-effect storms. Warmquest is headquartered near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, an area impacted by lake-effect snow. These storms peak when they move across the longest portion of the lake, gathering more water vapor.

US Snow Infographic

Looking to move somewhere with ample snow? Or perhaps you are fed up with the snow the latest storm left on your driveway. We’ve put together this snow infographic illustrating some of the snowiest places in the country.

Looking for the major US city with the most snow? Syracuse, NY gets over 10 feet per year. Most snow in a single storm? Silver Lake, CO holds that record with nearly 8 feet. Browse the graphic for additional facts and data, then head over to our post on how much snow weighs and try not to feel overwhelmed.

US Snow Facts

Snow Melting Systems in Action

Winter has arrived in Utah, and our recent storms have given us a great chance to see some of our local projects in action. With heavy snowfall that broke many records, it was great to see clear driveways and sidewalks. Let’s take a look at some of the photos we were able to take.

This driveway is heated using our Hott-Wire product. The cables were installed in new pour concrete, and are activated by a snow sensor embedded in the pavement. This ensures the driveway runs throughout a snow storm, and can be programmed to run a bit longer to clear any drifting snow and dry things out to prevent ice build up. This is also handy for clearing those clumps of snow you see falling from the trees onto the otherwise clear driveway. heated-concrete-driveway

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