Snow melting mats and cables come with sensors that detect temperature fluctuation. Your snow melting system will run automatically when it detects freezing temperature or moisture on the outdoor property. Find out how the snow melting system works before installing it. Some people may prefer to run the system more manually though, turning it off and on only when there is significant buildup.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages to each operation approach:


Running your snow melting system manually is primarily beneficial because it will save you in terms of energy costs. This can be the ideal option when there are only light flurries or when it is a sunny day that will melt the snow away anyway. This method allows you take advantage of any good weather that may come your way while significantly reducing your bills over the years.


The main problem with running your system manually is that you may be more susceptible to being caught off guard by a spell of bad weather. Similar to plows, which can be surprised by a sudden storm that occurs overnight, you can turn on your system again in the morning, but chances are that melting the buildup will cause you serious delay and you will likely have to shovel as well. Also, using a manual approach will often mean that your driveway or walkway will not always have time to completely melt and dry. Remember that even light buildup can lead to devastating slips and falls.


Letting the system run regularly is great for keeping your property safe and dry all season. It also requires least effort since you won’t have to waste any time micromanaging when your device is off and on. These means less time spent gruelling over weather forecasts and a less stressful winter in general. You also don’t need to be overly concerned with energy costs since the sensor will know when the system is needed and act accordingly.


While running your system automatically obviously grants the best results, you also have to keep in mind that your energy bills are going to be higher. This cost is the only real drawback to running your system around the clock. If you don’t mind a slightly more expensive bill, the automatic approach is certainly the best route to take.


Arguably, one of the best ways to utilize your system is to take a sort of hybrid approach. This means that you would typically run your system automatically but make special exceptions to run it manually every now and then. So if you are spending the day at home, for example, or if you are leaving the house and the forecast is looking good, you can turn your snow melting system off and save some energy. This allows you to get the most out of your system while making modest annual savings on your energy bill.

Looking for more information on snow melting systems? Contact the experts Heavenly Heat, and they will be happy to lend you a hand!