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Front Porch Alert: How About an Outdoor Snow & Ice Heated Doormat?

By January 3, 2011

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It actually is snowing in some inland parts of Southern California right now. While I don't have snow and ice greeting me at the door on these cold winter mornings, if I did, I think one of these electric heated doormats would make the whole scene of taking that first step on the icy ground much less precarious. Especially in flip-flops.

Maybe my snow ignorance is showing, but given a choice of performing an unplanned glide and tumble into the waiting claws of a denuded hedge or staying put on my doormat, I'll opt for the latter. Maybe everyone in snow- and ice-blessed regions already has something similar to the HeatTrakŪ doormat (Compare prices), although I can't recall seeing one on visits east before. It just seems to make sense for your entryway, porch, patio or deck.

They even have 10-footers for your walkways, although at a higher price, of course. What it does: When snow starts to fall, turn it on, and it will melt up to 2 inches per hour. When the snow stops, turn it off, and enjoy a nice, warm entryway. In one of the reviews, a consumer noted that the HeatTrak dried off his concrete entryway within several feet of the mat. In product information, it says the HeatTrak maintains a temperature of 50 F, safe for "curious kids and pets' paws." Sounds good to me. If you have one of these, drop a note in the Pool and Patio Forum and let us know your point of view!

Photo Courtesy of HeatTrak

Comments

January 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(1) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

50 degrees could hardly be considered warm but definitely well about freezing, I imagine where icy walks present a slipping hazard they could be considered a safety feature, but other wise in temperate climates such as ours it seems a just another drain of the power grid adding up to more $$ on the electric bill…

January 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm
(2) PotterBeth says:

Well…as a child of the snow belt, I don’t know that I’d bother. I’ve perfected the stand-in-the-door-and-clean-off-the-first-step thing. As it was, I was out in bare feet sweeping the snow off my porch this morning. ;) You warm climate folks don’t know what your missing! :D

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