Retiring Baby Boomers Driving Interest in Snow Melting Systems

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Automated Snow Sensor

An Automated Snow Sensor can activate a snow melting system.

The population of the United States is aging. The number of individuals over 65 is on the rise, and as baby boomers begin to retire, these numbers are expected to increase dramatically. It is estimated that by 2030, this age group will make up 20% of the population.


Snow melting systems, such as heated driveways, sidewalks, and stairs, have risen in popularity in recent years. Contributing to this is a growing population of older individuals looking for greater convenience and reduced snow and ice related hazards.


As culture and healthcare evolves and retirees live independently for longer, automating snow removal can reduce the risk of slip and fall injuries. With modern technology, electric radiant heat can be activated automatically to remove snow and ice. With activation options ranging from timer switches and thermostats, to automated temperature and moisture sensors, there is a solution for any situation.


While it is easy to see the applications this may have at home, snow melting is also very useful for businesses and organizations seeking to protect their clientele and avoid costly lawsuits. Slip and fall injuries cost businesses millions each year. This risk can be reduced with a snow melting system.

Heatizon offers multiple snow melting solutions based around our Hott-Wire and Tuff Cable products. Capable of installation in new and existing surfaces, our electric snow melting systems provide peace of mind to anyone ready to retire the snow shovel.

Tips for Installers, Part 3: Final Testing and Installing the Control Units

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Heated Ramp with electric cablesThis is the final entry in our series of installation tips. This post includes covering and testing the heating element, and the installation of the control units. For information on planning the layout and starting the process, see Part One and for tips on installing the heating element and activation devices visit Part Two.


Covering the Element

Cover the element as instructed in the installation manual, taking precautions to avoid damaging the heating element. Once the element has been covered, another test should be made. Compare the results of this element test with the one taken during installation of the element. If the results don’t match the heating element should be checked for damage.

Installing the Control Units

The control units or relay panels are installed in the location selected by the customer. The installation manual and wiring diagrams provide instructions for making the connections. Once installed, the device should be tested to ensure it properly turns the system on and off. After this, the final start up and post installation tests are performed and recorded for warranty purposes. It is a good idea to meet with the client and review the operation of the system upon completion.

This is the final entry in a three part series of installation tips. Part 1 is located here. Part 2 can be found here.

For more on installing Heatizon products, including manuals and videos, visit the Installation area of our website.