HeatTrak HCM24-3 Carpeted Snow-Melting Door Mat, 24 Inch by 36 Inch, 120 Volt
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- Snow-melting door mat; measures 24 x 36 inches
- Ribbed carpet surface provides your home with the look of a stylish high-end welcome mat
- Melts 2 inches of snow per hour; designed to be left outside for the entire winter season
- Includes GFCI power unit with 6-foot cable.Item does not generate heat unless it is below 35 F.
- Does not connect to HeatTrak residential stair mats or residential walkway mats
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The HeatTrak Snow-Melting Doormat is designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation where slips and falls happen most: outside the front door. The mat plugs into any standard 120V outlet generating heat to melt snow at a rate of 2-inches per hour. This durable doormat is designed to be left outside for the entire winter season and comes with its own ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). The doormat is charcoal gray and has a ribbed carpet surface providing your home with the look of a stylish high-end welcome mat. Product Specifications: � Size: 24-inch x 36-inch � Thickness: 1/2 inch � Material: Weatherproof Ribbed Carpet � Color: Charcoal � Voltage: 120Vac. Amps: 1.8. Watts: 220 � GFCI Cord Length: 6 feet
Prevent snow and ice accumulation right at your door with this heating entrance mat from HeatTrak. This 24 x 36-inch version has a ribbed carpet surface in charcoal gray, providing your home or business with the look of a stylish high-end welcome mat. It 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. The door mat comes with its own 120-volt power unit.
Easily Portable, No Expensive Installations
With HeatTrak there is no need for expensive installations. The HeatTrak door mat is portable and designed to lie on top of existing surfaces. Just place it right outside your door for a welcome that's free of snow and ice.
Durable and Safe
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).
Using Your HeatTrak Snow-Melting Door Mat
The included 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.
Because it's designed to be left outside all winter long, you can put your HeatTrak door mat out before the winter starts and turn it on when you expect snow. For best results, turn on your HeatTrak mat at least 30 minutes before snowfall so that it melts snow on contact (turning on the mat after snowfall will take longer to melt). Then, keep the mat on a few hours after snow has stopped as you may have water runoff. The door mat works 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 door mat, you will need to go outside to turn it on via the power unit. To automatically control the mat 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.
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Here is what I learned based on my last year experience. The mat works slowly, so it is best to turn it on before the storm prior to any snow fall. I normally keep the mat unplugged and plug in only when the storm is predicted. I am using it on a wood deck. The mat did not cause discoloration under the mat. I see no signs that the wood stain under the mat has aged faster compared to other parts of the deck. The mat never felt hot to touch, only somewhat warm. Note that it only gets warm when the temperature is cold, keep that in mind if you are trying to test in the fall when it is not cold enough. The mat is less than 1/2" thick but has a thicker bump where the cord is connected to the mat.
The size of the map is 24" x 36" and feels quite heavy. It does not get lifted even by heavy winds. The "carpeted" side should face up, the smooth side should face down.
I also used the mat to melt icy patches on the deck. It took a long time to do the entire deck by moving the mat from spot to spot, but it was easier and caused less damage to the deck compared to trying to chip the ice off. I am using a 30 foot cord outdoor power cord and water-tight cord lock from Farm Innovators to protect the connection between the extension cord and the mat cord Farm Innovators Model CC-2 Cord Connect Water-Tight Cord Lock
I wish it was a bit larger and a bit cheaper, but overall satisfied with how it worked last winter.
Ali Julia review
I also use this with the snow melting half walkway mat. Unfortunately, I had to have 2 of the same power units to power these fairly small mats. Why can's this mat and the walkway mat just use one power cord? My front porch now looks like a cabling eyesore with 2 of these bulky power units coming out of 1 receptacle.
The first mat to arrive was clearly dead on arrival. It never heated up at all and wouldn't melt anything despite the light turning on. I contacted HeatTrak and they never responded. Amazon was great about taking the return and sending me a new one.
The second mat seems to work perfectly. I do not have an outlet within 6 feet so purchased a 40' outdoor extension cord. The mat draws only 2 amps (which is like a big lightbulb) so no big deal. As others have mentioned, there is a GFI right close to the mat on the cord which can be used as a switch. It was successful in melting all the snow and ice that has collected so far. But that has only been a few inches. (Very atypical winter so far).
I am concerned about the longevity of the mat given that the first mat was DOA. Also, I will update once we have a decent snowfall (> 2 inches).
UPDATE FEB 2015: Still working well two years after purchase. Working valiantly despite absurd snow quantities here in Boston. Able to melt all the snow it can get, even at very low temperatures. Occasionally snow falls faster than it can melt, but it catches up within a few hours of the storm ending. We added a remote control. The one by heat track didn't work well, so we bought a different one. Makes it much more convenient, though these days it is never off with all the snow.
UPDATE DEC 2015: Light snow last night and the mat seemed to only have melted the now off ½ of it. I'm concerned that there is a lose connection inside. It think it is possible that he snow blew into a pattern that made it look this way, but most likely not. I'm not changing my rating yet, but if it has failed three years after purchase, I think it would deserve a reduced rating.
UPDATE JAN 2016: Subsequent snow fall worked perfectly. Must have been a weird wind or something.
UPDATE DEC 2017: Working well for the first snowfall of 2017
I'm out at work all day, and I can't be at the house to shovel the snow for my mailman. When I get up on a cozy Saturday, the last thing I want to do is put on boots and clear a path through muck - which is what it all looks like by March.
My neighbor, who is over 100, is receiving a set of door, stair, and walkway mats as a Christmas gift. It's the best way I know to keep her safe from falling in our icy/snowy weather.
Note:all of my mats are connected to a standard covered outdoor 3-prong outlet, and no, I did not have an electrician come to replace any outlets. I've safely used these outlets for lights, and birdbath defrosters for years. My main box was replaced this year, and all outlets are GFCI.
The wiring is bulky, and it would have been awkward if the outlet hadn't been close to the door and on the correct side.
I don't yet know how long it will last, but if it does not last sufficiently long, I'll edit the review.