Snow Melting & De-Icing Calculator

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Notes :
  • These comparative costs are based on ASHRAE melting energy and hours and do not
    necessarily represent the costs in any given installation. Capital cost is based
    on a typical hydronic industry estimate, excluding a boiler; and list prices for
    an MI electric heating system components, with a $2 / sq.ft. allowance for electric
    distribution.

ASHRAE Annual Snowfall Hours: h.
ASHRAE Annual Idling Hours: h.

Using the ASHRAE statistics, the information entered on the previous page, and a conservative (30%) idling energy estimate for hydronic systems, here are the results:

Result Hydronic Electric
Snow Melting + Idling + Maintenance Cost $ $
Capital Cost Estimate $ $

Electric Advantage Operating Cost: $ / year
Capital Cost: $ Savings

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Hours Snowing
Annual Energy Required
Btu's/ft2 Hours Idling
Cost Comparison  
Electricity Cost - Melting $
Maintenance Cost $
Total Annual Cost $
Gas Cost - Melting $
Hydronic Maintenance Cost $
Gas Cost - Idling Est. at 30% $
Total Annual Cost $
Capital Cost  
Electric $
Hydronic $
Notes :
  • These comparative costs are based on ASHRAE melting energy and hours and do not
    necessarily represent the costs in any given installation. Capital cost is based
    on a typical hydronic industry estimate, excluding a boiler; and list prices for
    an MI electric heating system components, with a $2 / sq.ft. allowance for electric
    distribution.
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