How much does it cost to operate a snow melting system of the type which involves circulating a heated solution through pipe coils?
According to a booklet published by the Committee of Steel Pipe Producers of the American Iron and Steel Institute, operating costs range from $.07 to $.15 per thousand square feet of surface per inch of snowfall. A system falling within this operating cost range would normally be capable of melting snow at a rate of 1 inch per hour.