Question: How much does it cost to operate snow-melt systems?
The commonest questions people have about snow-melt systems pertain to costs -- both for installation and operation.
Answer: The operating costs to run snow-melt systems will vary greatly depending upon factors such as the severity of the winter. Another factor is whether you choose to purchase a system with manual or automatic controls. But a typical snow-melt system in Buffalo, NY may cost about "$0.25-$.50/ square foot" to operate each year, while the same snow melt system in Richmond, VA would likely cost "$.10-$.25/square foot," according to John Sweaney, design engineer at Watts Radiant.