In the same way that the boiler sends hot water through pipes concealed beneath the floorboards inside, it provides for a network of pipes hidden beneath the pavement outside
Living in Buffalo, New York means long, cold and snowy winters. The area is situated in the northeastern part of the country, very close to the Canadian border and in close proximity to Lake Erie. Because the lake takes a very long time to entirely freeze, the clouds passing over the surface pick up moisture. They become heavy and eventually drop that moisture right on top of Buffalo and the surrounding communities. The freezing cold temperatures turn this precipitation into snow and it accumulates very quickly. It’s no surprise to be forced to shovel snow on Halloween. We often have blizzard conditions on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. My kids have already hunted for Easter eggs in several inches of snow. Along with a record amount of snowfall, we also deal with very low temperatures. The conditions are regularly below freezing, and it’s no surprise when the temperature drops down to twenty-five below zero. The wind chill makes it feel even colder, and spending any amount of time outdoors can be dangerous. Shoveling snow is a labor-intensive, time-consuming and never-ending job. We need to keep the front patio, steps, walkways and driveway clear. A couple of years ago, I invested in a snow melt system. It is the best home improvement I’ve ever made. The snow melt system is connected to the boiler heater that is located in my basement. In the same way that the boiler sends hot water through pipes concealed beneath the floorboards inside, it provides for a network of pipes hidden beneath the pavement outside. It starts up automatically in response to moisture and temperature drop. The heat from the pipes spreads across the surface of the pavement and effectively melts away snow and ice.