I finally found the solution to all our concerns, a snow melt system. I live in the north and snow comes down in feet rather than inches; The windchill and ice are terrible, then most of the time the weather gets to be in the teens and can even turn into the negatives, however needless to say, there is a lot of snow and freezing going on for a long time, then because of this, most people have garages to keep their cars so they are heated before work. I don’t own a garage, however for a long time I would need to shovel a path in the snow to reach our car. I then would need to brush off the feet of snow from the car. Then I would turn on the car gas furnace to defrost the window. I would then need to wait for the car heating program to warm everything up before I pull away. It was around a 20-30 minute process before going to work. Now that I have invested in a snow melt system, all those concerns are gone. I have a boiler program in our house. I just had piping hooked to the boiler and installed in our driveway. Black top goes over top and now I have radiant heated floors outside. I turn on the gas furnace and this ensures I have heating out front. The heating program melts all the snow and ice. I never have to shovel a path! Also the heating program warms our car because it is resting on top of it. No chipping away ice or waiting to leave in the morning.