Well its that time of year again, the days are starting to get a bit shorter and the back to school flyers are filling up your mailbox. before we know it, winter will be here. Don't fret just yet, you've still got three months of fall to enjoy before the flurries start to fly. Which brings us to the subject of snow removal. This is a task alot of Canadians know all too well. We all know those days, you wake up a little late for work, you get ready and eat breakfast, you grab your keys, head out the door and see it, your driveway, your car and even your doorstep are covered in a thick layer of white fluffy snow. You evaluate the situation and call work... "I'm going to be at least a half hour late" you utter in defeat. Now lets talk about how this situation could have gone with a little bit of smart planning on your part. At Canada Mats we carry a range of heated walkway, door and stair mats. These mats are made with the intention of melting snow. We even have options that will detect moisture and temperature and turn the flow of electricity to the mats on and off as needed. When planning for heated mats there are multiple considerations to make. If you want to have the mats anywhere you could possibly be driving over them then you will need heavy duty mats, where as if you are just doing walkways the residential mats will do perfectly. This may seem like a pricey investment at fist, but after looking at the prices to get someone to remove the snow for you it could cost you anywhere from $400-$600 a season to have someone come clear your driveway. Don't forget with snow removal services your driveway will not be guaranteed to be cleared before noon. If you decide that your in shape and you can plan to clear your own driveway it is also something to consider that in North America there are 12,000+ injuries each year caused by people people shoveling/clearing snow. So having a heated doormat could really save you some aches on your back and even your wallet over time. Some points to remember with these mats are that you do need to keep an eye on the weather (unless you purchase the thermostat system). None of these products are designed to melt existing snow, they are designed to be turned on while the snow is falling. They only run slightly above the temperature needed to melt snow in order to ensure high safety and low power consumption. If you have any questions or concerns about Heated Mat Products, Installation, or anything else please don't hesitate to call us Toll free: (800) 624-0041.