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How to Install Electric Snow and Ice Melting System
Summary: Electric Heat Cables would be a great choice to control snow and ice on open walk ways and stairs.
Installing an electric snow melting system on an open stairway
This project will be to install a snow melting system to prevent snow and ice build up on open stairs leading up to a home.
Using an electrical snow melting system to prevent the build up of snow and ice will require some planning for the electrical circuit and control options that can make the system operate automatically.
I was surprised at how little it costs to operate a system like this considering all of the time and back aches it would prevent. Even more importantly is how a well planned out system will provide safe passageway or driveway for your friends and family.
|This open stair access could benefit greatly with the help of an electric snow melting system.|
|Snow and ice accumulations can be controlled with the help of an electric snow melting system. No need to worry about broken warm water pipe systems.|
This is how the snow melt mats are pre-manufactured with 18 or 36 inch widths and lengths up to 60 feet.
A dedicated electrical circuit will be required which would be sized to the specifications of the mat which is selected.
|The electrical snow melt cables must be installed below 1-1/2 inches of concrete or asphalt to assure protection and produce optimal functionality.|
|The installation is pretty straight forward once all the preparation is completed.|
|This control relay would be used to turn the snow melting system on from a control switch or another switching device.|
|This optional Snow Switch can be added to automatically activate the control relay.|