How far apart should heated driveway cables be installed? The answer is a firm “it depends”. There are many variables at play and the spacing of the cables can be adjusted to meet the requirements of the project.
We have previously discussed the benefits of free flowing cables over mat systems. One of the differences is the ability to alter the spacing of free flowing cables to create a customized solution for each project. As the spacing is adjusted, the total heat produced can be altered.
Several factors go into determining the distance between cable runs. The most important piece of information our team considers is the local climate. Regional climate data from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is used to design a system that will provide the right amount of heat to successfully melt snow and ice.
In addition to ASHRAE data, variables such as the amount of sun an area receives may be considered. A north facing driveway or a sidewalk shaded all day by large trees may require more heat than an area that receives significant sunlight.
The significance of the location may also be taken into account. The amount of heat needed to clear a residential driveway in a reasonable amount of time may not be sufficient to keep a helicopter pad snow and ice free 24/7. Our goal at Warmquest is to provide a system that is both effective but also efficient. This factors in as experts work with clients to provide a system that meets the needs of the project without wasting power on excess heat. As our team works with owners and other stakeholders, the ideal solution for the individual project takes shape.
To get more information on a snow melting system, including recommendations on spacing and system layouts, contact our team at 877-877-4724.