The only thing worse than shovelling snow in the winter months is having to deal with ice. If you have to go to work in the morning, 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 freezing cold air and just slam the tip of a blade of a shovel into the ice until it breaks, and shovel it aside. Ice always weighs a lot more than snow, so it’s back breaking work. It has become my absolute least favorite part of winter, second only to having to shovel wet cement snow from the plows at the end of our driveway. My neighbor doesn’t have to deal with breaking ice at all, because he and his family have used the latest in HVAC system 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 actually 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 heaters can either be an electric radiant heater or a hydronic heater. One is just electric wires, and the other is tubes full of heated water. Sometimes you can even tie it into a previously existing system if you have the right kind of furnace to start. You can also spread the system out further to make a heated pool! I would love to have a heated driveway like my neighbor and never have to deal with the awful ice again!