Optimizing Snow-Melting Systems

Specifying system types, components, and controls to meet project-specific performance
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Sponsored by Watts
By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Conclusion

Snow-melting systems have been shown to provide a significant degree of safety and protection to people, vehicles, and buildings. The benefits of installing a snow-melting system often outweigh the cost many times over during the life of the facility. A properly designed system starts with an assessment of the site and building conditions, and discussions with building owners and operators. The design of either hydronic or electrical systems relies on following known principles applied to the particulars of a specific system. The use of electronic controls allows for the smooth operation and optimization of the system. The systems available today are up to date, practical, advanced, and cost-effective.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a nationally known architect, continuing education presenter, and prolific author advancing high-performance buildings through better design. www.pjaarch.com, www.linkedin.com/in/pjaarch

 

WATTS Water Technologies, Inc. Watts is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative water solutions for residential, commercial and institutional environments. Products include an extensive line of flow control, filtration and treatment products for water quality, and residential plumbing & heating. Founded in 1874, Watts is headquartered in North Andover, MA.

 

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in May 2021


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