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Prevent snow and ice accumulation on stairs around your home with this snow-melting walkway mat, part of HeatTrak's system of continuous snow melting mats for residential use. The mat is made of a customized thermoplastic can be left outside for the entire winter season, and it plugs into any standard 120-volt outlet to generate heat to melt snow at a rate of 2-inch per hour (power unit sold separately).
The HeatTrak residential snow-melting system includes this 20 x 60-inch walkway mat and an optional stair mat, and you can mix and match stair and walkway mats to create your perfect snow-melting solution. They're designed with a watertight connector cable, and you can connect up to five walkway mats or up to 15 stairway mats or a combination of both styles of mats (up to a total of 15 amps; see more details below). Each mat (walkway and stair) is sold as a single unit. It's backed by a 2-year limited warranty.
HeatTrak's heating mats are the best solution for winter slip prevention, as they continuously melt snow and ice keeping surfaces constantly clear. And with a HeatTrak system in place there is no need for shoveling, leaving you with a happier back and healthier heart. Additionally, HeatTrak mats eliminate the need for salting entranceways, which can lead to messy floors indoors. HeatTrak mats also help preserve sidewalks, as calcium chloride will eat away at walkways over time.
With HeatTrak there is no need for expensive installations. HeatTrak mats are portable and designed to lie on top of existing surfaces. Just place a HeatTrak mat over existing walkways, stairs, entranceways, and ramps to provide a clean and safe passageway for foot and wheelchair access.
The engineers at HeatTrak have taken great care to develop a durable, safe, and effective snow and ice melting system, which can be left outside for the entire winter season. HeatTrak mats are made of an electrically operated heating element that's sandwiched between two protective, waterproof surfaces, allowing them to endure harsh wear. They plug directly into any standard 120-volt outlet using their own ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
With the HeatTrak snow-melting system, you can mix and match stair mats and walkway mats to create your perfect snow-melting solution. The heart of the system is the power unit (model HR-P, sold separately and required for power), which connects to a properly grounded, standard 120-volt electrical power outlet. The power unit enables you to connect a total of 15 amps, and a single power unit can connect up to 5 walkway mats (2.5 amps each) or up to 15 stair mats (0.6 amps each), or combine a mixture of the two so that the total comes to 15 amps or less. If your connected mats exceed 15 amps, you'll have to split up the mats and use a second power unit plugged into a separate outlet.
Walkway mats measure 20 x 60 inches, and you'll need one for every 5 feet of sidewalk (providing a space of approximately 3 inches between each mat). Sidewalk mats measure 10 x 30 inches, and you'll need one for each stair. As an example, if you have a 20-foot walkway with three stairs, you'll need four walkway mats, three stair mats, and one power unit (as the mats add up to 11.8 amps). The mats are daisy-chained to one another using male/female power connectors. (Note that residential mats cannot be connected to HeatTrak's industrial products.)
The power unit has a 6-foot cable, but if your electrical outlet is beyond that reach, HeatTrak recommends using its 25-foot cable extender (model HR-EXT25) with a watertight seal--providing more protection against water and moisture than other outdoor-rated extension cords. Additionally, when you have a stairway mat connected to a walkway mat, you'll need a 20-inch extender (model HR-EXT20).
Because they're designed to be left outside all winter long, you can put your HeatTrak mats out before the winter starts and turn them on when you expect snow. For best results, turn on your HeatTrak mast at least 30 minutes before snowfall so that it melts snow on contact (turning on the mats after snowfall will take longer to melt). Then, keep the mats on a few hours after snow has stopped as you may have water runoff. The mats work effectively down to -5 degrees F and melt snow at approximately 2 inches per hour.
HeatTrak mats can be used on most surfaces, including concrete, asphalt, stone, and wood decks. However, decks made of plastic/composite material can act as an insulator, and use of HeatTrak mats can leave burn marking or staining. To avoid this, it's best to operate the mat during snow fall hours and not leave them on for extended periods of time, or place strips of plywood under the mats to allow the heat to be properly distributed.
To operate the mats, you will need to go outside to turn them on via the power unit. To automatically control the mats from inside your home, you can purchase the optional wireless control outlet and switch (model HR-Wireless). Alternatively, you can purchase HeatTrak's optional 10-inch thermostat extension cable (model HR-Therm3550), which plugs into the power unit from an electrical outlet and will automatically turn on your mats when the temperature drops below 35 degrees F. Another option is HeatTrak's thermostat and snow sensing controller (model DS-2B), which turns on your mats when the temperature is below 38 degrees F and it senses moisture (requires hardwired installation by a certified electrician).