It can be tempting to go for the quick fix when it comes to clearing the walkways come winter. Most people opt for Rock Salt or Sand. Both options are ineffective short term solutions for melting driveways and icy paths which have long term consequences…
Did you know that millions of tons of Rock Salt are dumped nationwide every year? This most commonly unrefined mineral form of table salt works by lowering the freezing point of water making snow harder to settle or to melt away ice that has already fallen. It’s a relatively cheap option but definitely not the best.for the task but most people don’t realize that it only works for temperatures at about 12 degrees F.
Using rock salt year after year can have huge consequences. Chlorides such as rock salt can damage the concrete stairways they are laid on and even the mechanical parts of any wheel chairs or bicycles they may come into contact with. As the ice melts away the Rock Salt is carried with it into any nearby soil, building up over time and effectively killing vegetation or entering ground water supplies meant for human consumption.
Using Sand might be safer for the environment than using Rock Salt, it is however less effective. Sand has none of the chemical properties That Rock Salt has to melt ice. Sand merely provides traction on the surface of ice to aid walking. This comes with many downsides, since as snow falls on top of the sand it needs to be reapplied. As the sand is walked on, it is picked up and carried away by other people’s shoes. It thereby becomes less effective and more sand needs to be applied to prevent slips and spills. It’s the instances where a person maybe too busy to reapply sand where a slip and fall could happen resulting in an injury and often a law suit.
Outside under -surface heating provided by Warmup’s Snow Melting Mats & Cables is the best and safest way to solve the issues caused by both Sand and Rock Salt and also eliminates the need for shovelling driveways and pathways. Warmup’s outside under –surface heating can be used under Asphalt, concrete and pavers, providing ice protection at the flick of a switch! It’s the perfect solution for disability ramps and stairways, offering comfort to the elderly who may not feel completely mobile in the snow or ice. It also won’t damage wheelchair or mobility assistance aides like rock salt.
Be sure to get a Warmup quote now to prevent another laborious winter ritual of shovelling and salting.
Today marks a fabulous moment for Karen Rissmeyer and her family, from Powhatan, VA! Not because we are the 12.12.2012 but because she finally got her brand new iPad, courtesy of Warmup.
Our Mid-Atlantic representative, Robert Heslop, met with her husband Donald at Sarisand Tile, one of our resellers in Charlottesville, VA. They took a couple of great pictures…
Again, we would like to thank you all for entering the sweepstakes. If you want to stay up to date with our upcoming contests and sweepstakes, just like our page on Facebook!
At Warmup, one of our goals is to make your house the most energy-efficient possible in order for you to save on your energy bills. That’s why we strive to provide you with the bestg innovative heating products.
As green living becomes the best solution for the environment and future generations, you can also save money while choosing eco-friendly solutions. Green Building Elements lists them in a very interesting article to show you how to cut down on energy costs and get great tips on the top green technologies. After reading this post, we would like to focus on these two very important points:
Insulation Properly insulating the home is the first way to reduce energy costs. (…)
Thermostat In the meantime, work with what you already have as a heat source and improve upon it. Simply invest in a good thermostat and set the programming for several degrees lower when everyone is at work or school, and when everyone is asleep. Set it to warmer temperatures, about a half hour before returning home, or when family members are scheduled to wake up. This practice can save you about 10 percent on your heating bill.
By following just these 2 action items, you can already save a lot of energy! For instance, using Warmup insulation boards on your subfloors can help you save up to 60-70% on heat loss to the concrete slab. And with our new energy-monitoring thermostat, you’ll be able to save up to 15% on your energy bills. Combined togeher, your savings total 50%!
This winter, if you want to keep your house really warm and comfortable while saving some mone, contact Warmup!
We’ve recently teamed up with Cindy Orley, the fabulous blogger behind Akron Ohio Moms. Cindy needed to heat up her 130 sq ft foyer and we wanted to show everyone how easy it is to install Warmup Floor Heating products. First, she had to insulate the concrete subfloor so we provided her with our energy-star rated […]
How about a little treat for Halloween? Ok maybe an iPad is a BIG treat! We are excited to launch our first ever Sweepstakes and we decided to go big with a fabulous prize for the lucky winner. Until October 31st, you can enter our Sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win a 3rd generation iPad. […]
We’ve been talking about floor heating efficiency for a while on this blog and we’re not the only one. We found very interesting this article from Earth Talk, which is the Questions & Answers panel of The Environment Magazine. The article deals is a reply to our their readers: “Dear EarthTalk: How energy efficient (and […]
As the cooler fall and winter seasons approach, our kitchen floors suddenly turn uncomfortably cold, especially in the morning when breakfast is in full mode! Well forget about putting slippers and socks for breakfast ! We have THE solution to make these kitchen floors warm; whether they are tile, stone or wooden floors. Installing an […]
A first in North America, by Warmup! Warmup’s new CUT & TURN Foil Heating Panels for laminate and engineered wood floors can be cut and shaped into place, directly on the job site. Heat any shape or size of room, from the basement to the bedroom to the sunroom or the home office! How it works […]
It’s never too early… to prepare for a fuss-free winter! Yes, summer is here: the sun is shining, beaches are crowded and the grill is on every weekend… But at Warmup, we already think about winter! We’ve designed a new heated driveways website with our customers in mind to create a platform where all their questions and concerns are answered. Heated […]
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