Winter is coming, and that means you’ll soon be out in the cold shoveling your driveway for the thousandth time. If shoveling is starting to take its toll, it might be time to invest in a snow blower. If you’ve been wondering if it’s the right time to give your old shovel the boot upgrade to a snow blower, ask yourself the following questions to make sure it’s worth the investment.
How Much Snow Do I Get?
If you live in an area that doesn’t see much snow during the winter months, it doesn’t make much sense to buy a snow blower. Shoveling a few inches here and there isn’t too much a chore, after all. But if you live in the Northeast or near the Great Lake Regions where snow tends to come down in feet rather than inches (lake effect snow, anyone?) then a snow blower is absolutely worth getting.
What Kind of Shape Am I In?
Tackling two feet of snow with a shovel is taxing on your body, and you could wind up hurting yourself if you attempt it. The American Heart Association warns that some people can see an increased risk of a heart attack during shoveling, as the cold temperatures and physical exertion can increase the workload on the heart. It’s also not recommended for people with joint or muscle stiffness to shovel snow. If you’re at all concerned that shoveling could negatively impact your health, it’s time to get a snow blower. Blowing snow is much easier on your body, and you’ll get the job done quicker, which means you’ll get back into your warm house quicker.
If you get heavy snowfall and aren’t in the best health, investing in a snow blower will save you plenty of effort and provide you with invaluable peace of mind. Granted, getting the snow blower ready can take some time. You have to find the extension cord, move vehicles that are parked in the driveway, plug the snow blower in and then get rid of the snow. But once you get the snow blower up and running, it will take comparatively less effort to clean off your driveway.
Once you make the decision to scrap the shovel and invest in a snow blower, you will have to decide between the electric variety and the gas variety. Those with especially long driveways will find that their new gas snow blower makes the snow removal job incredibly easy. Unlike electric snow blowers, the gas variety does not require dragging a cord across the driveway. Therefore, those with longer driveways should not even consider the electric variety.
Electric snow blowers are better for those who have to clean smaller spaces as they can be moved around quite easily and are small enough to be stored with ease. Additionally, an electric powered snow blower requires little maintenance in terms of gas and oil. Add in the fact that it is quite light compared to its gas counterpart and it is easy to see why those with physical limitations swear by their electric snow blowers.
If you’re ready to invest in a snow blower, check out our inventory on the Ralph Helm Inc. website. We carry the top brands of snow blowers, with options to suit any job.