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How fast will my snow-melting system heat up?
Snow Melting Cable – WSM
This question is not easily answered because there are too many variables to the equation (i.e., air temperature, ground temperature, how far the wire is from the surface, wind speed, is the slab insulated or not, etc.). It’s not how fast the system will heat up, but rather if the system is designed correctly to melt snow and ice when energized.
A snow-melting system is most efficient when the slab is preheated. As a rule of thumb, a snow-melting system should start preheating for 1 -2 hours before the arrival of snow/ice.
A Wi-Fi-enabled snow-melting control uses GPS coordinates and weather data to show snow/ice probabilities that the end user can use when determining the preheating settings.