Snowmelt systems, also called "heated driveways", are a technological alternative to shoveling, salting, snow plowing, snow blowing and other snow removal methods.
With most snowmelt systems, tubing is run under the driveway (and walkways, patios and porch steps, too, if you like). Heated water is pumped through the tubing. The water in snowmelt systems is mixed with an anti-freeze (glycol). Heat radiates up from the tubing to the surface of your driveway, melting away snow and ice. Drains catch the water run-off produced by a snowmelt system, channeling the water away from your driveway.