Post by Watts Radiant on Mar 11, 2010 7:29:45 GMT -6
What exactly do you mean by energy consumption for smow melt? Were you talking about the average BTUs a slab needs to generate in order to melt snow? Or, were you talking about the consumption of the system designed to melt snow?
I looking for a calculator to determine the amount of $$$ for fuel to melt snow with all the different variables (geography, idle and melt temps, fuel cost, fuel type, boiler efficiency, etc) Obviously we can't pinpoint a number, but maybe within possibly 30% +/- to give our customers a ballpark expectation.
You can create a quick snow melting application in a couple minutes and the reports will show you startup, melting, and idling loads for the system.
In the software, if you go to Help->RadiantWorks Professional Workbooks->Workbook Pt1, on page 28 you'll find a walkthrough of a snow melting application.
As far as cost goes for snow melting, we really don't have anything directly relating loads to costs, primarily because we do not provide or support the heat source. You can take the idling load from the reports in RadiantWorks, the efficiency from the boiler manufacturer, and the cost of local fuel to determine the overall cost of the snow melting system.