The only thing worse than shovelling snow in the Wintertime weeks is having to deal with ice. If you have to go to work early in the day, you don’t have time to wait for your deicer to melt through the layers and make it safe to drive. This means you have to go out in the cold freezing air and just slam the tip of a blade of a shovel into the ice until it breaks, and shovel it aside. Ice typically weighs a lot more than snow, so it’s back breaking work. It has become our absolute least aspect of Wintertime, second only to having to shovel wet cement snow from the plows at the end of our driveway. Yet my neighbor doesn’t have to deal with breaking ice at all, because he and his family have used the latest in heating and air conditioning technology to do away with that for good. They have a heated driveway! While it sounded complicated at first, I did some digging and found they’re unquestionably pretty easy to install… A heated driveway works the same way a heated floor does, through a type of furnace called a radiant heater… Radiant furnaces can either be an electric radiant furnace or a hydronic heater; one is just electric wires, and the other is tubes full of heated water… Periodically you can even tie it into a previously existing plan if you have the right kind of oil furnace to start. You can also spread the plan out further to make a heated pool! I would really enjoy having a heated driveway like our neighbor–we would never have to deal with the disappointing ice again!