When the growing season ends and winter takes hold, numerous landscaping companies store their mowers and trimmers and break out the salt spreaders and snowplows. Snow and ice removal is a key source of off-season revenue.
Clearly, the maker of EasyHeat Sno Melter mats is hoping contractors will see the mats as a technology that creates new business opportunities for landscapers, rather than a product that could drain away their snow and ice removal business.
The electrically heated mats, which are made by Emerson, can be installed in cement or beneath pavers. According to the manufacturer, EasyHeat Sno Melter mats keep up with the average snowfall, minimizing accumulation of snow on the heated surface.
Emerson says the dual-conductor, fixed-resistance mats are UL Listed and CSA Certified. They’re a good solution for driveways, sidewalks, patios and outdoor stairways, the company says.
The mats are engineered to provide 50 watts per square foot and are supplied with 20-foot cold leads. Custom step mats are available for nonstandard power densities (up to 75 watts per square foot), voltage, cold lead lengths and size needs.
That versatility, Emerson says, means landscape contractors can do custom installations with an off-the-shelf product.
When combined with an EasyHeat controller, which is sold separately, Emerson says the Sno Melter mats automatically maintain a surface temperature above freezing, eliminating the need for snow and ice removal services.
The product is available in sizes that cover from 7.5 to 90 square feet using a single mat. Depending on the voltage available and configuration, mats can be combined and tailored to cover a unique walk, stair, patio and driveway configuration.
For more details about the Sno Melter mats, go www.easyheat.com.