That was a big job and I wasn’t ready for that expense.
The most important part of winter mtianence in your home is knowing when it is time to replace the heating equipment. Waiting until the machine breaks down in the middle of a cold winter night is not responsible, especially if you have a family. When it was time to upgrade our heating equipment, my wife and I planned to replace the boiler with something new and compact. We never wanted to get rid of the boiler, because it provides very efficient heating in our home. It also heats the hot water. When the contractor talked with us about the new boiler, he mentioned a cool and unique upgrade. The snowmelt system is a series of heated coils under the driveway. They are connected directly to the boiler and they can be used to melt ice and snow in the driveway. Since we live in a region with tons of snow, I was immediately intrigued by the cool feature. Never having to shovel snow seemed like a dream come true. My wife and I agreed that it sounded really great, but adding a snowmelt system meant repaving the driveway. That was a big job and I wasn’t ready for that expense. We upgraded to the new boiler, but we didn’t add the snowmelt system. In the end, it didn’t make fiscal sense for the two of us. The contractor told us that he could add the feature at any time, but I don’t think that we’re going to change our minds. We have two teennagers that can shovel snow and we don’t have to pay them anything.