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Radiant Heat - Snow Melt

  • Superior Comfort – Consistent, steady heat all winter long remaining near the floor where you are. It is a very desirable cool head, warm feet environment.Warm tile floors in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Beautiful wood and marble floors are even more enjoyable because they are now warm.
  • Efficiency – with no wasted heat, thermostats are kept at a lower setting translating into lower energy bills.
  • Comfort Placement – direct the warm water in your system to the rooms that need the heat. This ability to zone your home places heat where you want it when you want it.
  • Decorating Freedom – because the system is encased in the floor, furnishings can be place wherever you desire without concern for impairing heat distribution or hiding unsightly heating appliances. In addition, Uponor radiant floor heating systems can be installed under any type of flooring, including wood, tile, concrete and carpet.
  • Clean and draft-free – there are no noisy fans to blow dust and allergens around your home. Because the floors are warm, they dry quicker after mopping.
  • It’s an Investment – installing radiant floor heating in your home immediately increases the value of your home. Installing Uponor tubing in slab or basement applications allows you to turn cold, damp areas into warm cozy living space – taking full advantage of all the available square footage in your home.
  • With proper design and insulation, the benefits of a Uponor radiant floor heating system are many. It’s easy to see why more and more people are choosing superior comfort and efficiency for their homes and families.

Why is a radiant floor so comfortable?

The human body has its own hydronic heating system. Heat is distributed to the body through blood pumped from the heart. The first priority of the body’s heating system is to maintain central body core temperature. From there, blood is sent to the extremities. Since the feet are the farthest from the central body core, they are the last to get heat and the first to recognize the discomfort of a cold environment.

Where the body’s hydronic heat system fails, radiant floor excels. Radiant floor applies direct conductive heat to the feet (most of us have our feet on the floor), and to objects in the room that in turn re-radiate heat. Because radiant floor directly addresses the heat loss of the human body through conduction, people are typically comfortable at a lower thermostat setting –– around 65 ° F. This is another reason why radiant floor is so energy efficient.

Forced Air vs. Radiant Floor

The common forced air systems heat air, not objects, and warm air is often lost through the walls and ceiling. Radiant floor heating heats the objects in the room so heat is not wasted. Hot air heating systems do not distribute heat where the body needs it most, leaving structures with drafts and high heat loss.

Upon or Features and Benefits

  • Comfort
  • Efficiency
  • 25 Year Warranty
  • Immediately Increases Value of the Home
  • Fewer Dust Particles
  • Furniture Placement Not Dictated by Vents
  • No More Cold Drafts
  • Quiet
  • Warm and Friendly Floors
  • Lower Energy Bills
  • Room by Room Temperature Control

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Snow-melt systems are becoming more and more popular, especially in areas where nature conservation is important. Snow-melt systems eliminate all of the other necessary chemicals and pollutants used today to keep areas free of ice and snow. No more salt to track indoors! No more uneven melting! Streams and rivers no longer get polluted with unnecessary additives.

Snow-melt systems also protect your investment. Slabs last longer. Salt and other chemical additives will begin to break down the surface of a concrete slab over the years. For brick paver applications, snow-melt systems provide a certain amount of physical protection. Keep dangerous snow plows away and retain the beauty of your investment!


In an Uponor Snow and Ice Melting System, PEX tubing is buried in concrete, asphalt or sand and circulates a warm water/glycol solution to heat the surface and melt ice and snow, eliminating the costs and hassle of salting, sanding, plowing and shoveling.

  • Can be paired with alternative energy sources such as geothermal and waste heat to operate nearly cost-free
  • Helps comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and reduces liability
  • Extends the life of paved surfaces
  • Conserves gas and prevents pollution by eliminating the need for snow blowers and plows
  • Keeps interior floors cleaner by eliminating snow and ice that gets tracked inside
  • Takes advantage of alternative heat sources such as biomass, geothermal or waste heat from within a structure for virtually cost-free operation

Our snow-melt systems operate in conjunction with an automatic activation device that will turn on the system when it senses precipitation and freezing temperatures and turn off the system when temperatures are above freezing. These types of devices ensure the system is only active during useful periods and reduces wasteful energy consumption.

Operating costs vary by energy source (natural gas, propane, or Oil) used and costs associated. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers have standards intended to achieve satisfactory results and to minimize energy consumption from over sizing or over designing a system. Systems are typically designed to produce 70-170 BTU/sqft using ASHRAE guidelines by region. The time to melt snow from a surface varies by storm and how many BTUs the system is designed to produce.