NORTH SMITHFIELD – A town-based heating contractor’s effort to install an access ramp at his friend’s restaurant using the latest heating technology was featured in Contractor magazine this month.
John Perry of Advanced Comfort Systems, a full-service hydronics and geothermal installations and service firm, installed a concrete ramp with snowmelt at The Village Haven, saving owner Gary Narodowy and family laborious winter upkeep.
Naradowy had built the previous ramp, a wooden structure for wheelchair access, which deteriorated prematurely, likely due to the salt needed to keep it clear each winter. Naradowy runs the School Street restaurant, opened in 1977, with his parents, specializing in traditional comfort foods including family-style chicken.
The article, published Tuesday, Sept. 28, notes that Perry and Naradowy graduated high school together, and would help each other clear snow every year.
Perry, who opened the heating business with his father John Perry Sr. in 1998, installed a two-layer concrete ramp with a 44-inch rise from the restaurant’s parking lot, framing-in an insulated snowmelt layer in between. The ramp requires no shoveling or chemicals to provide winter access to the 8,000-square-foot business.
“Down in the restaurant’s mechanical room, preparing for the snowmelt loop was easy,” the story notes. “Perry had already made accommodation for a higher-temp zone. So all he needed for the new, glycol-protected loops was a new Taco circulator and small heat exchanger.”
The author notes in the national publication that the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “frosty, flip-flop winter,” in 2021 with storms in January, including a blizzard for January 20-23.