Most condo owners are now choosing heat pumps as an alternative heating and cooling source due to their size, ease of comfort, and energy efficiency. Heat pumps are a great investment, especially in the heat of the summer months. If you live in a strata operated building, there may be a process to follow to apply for strata approval. Here’s all you need to know about heat pumps, including the important tips to help you get approval from strata for your heat pump installation.
What’s a Heat Pump, and How Do Heat Pumps Work?
An air source heat pump is proven technology that is electrically driven to move the heat in the air from one place to another. For example, in the heat of the summer months, a heat pump transfers the heat in your living space to the outside, allowing you a cool comfortable indoor climate. The reverse can be done in the cool winter months, when the warmth of the outside air is transferred to your indoor space, providing you a cozy indoor comfort level. Heat pump systems typically use a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to the other, providing uniform and consistent heating.
There are several brands of heat pumps, all of which pull heat from a relatively low-temperature area and pumps it into higher-temperature areas. This is also known as the heat transfer principle. Rather than burning fuel to produce heat, a heat pump moves heat from one place to another. In thermodynamics, heat flows from an area of high temperatures to an area of low temperatures – a process that heat pumps take advantage of by reversing. This results in a heating and cooling experience.
Key Benefits of Heat Pumps
Heat pumps offer more than in home heating and cooling. There are many benefits of having a heat pump which include:
How a Heat Pump Is Installed in a Condo
A heat pump is a great solution for a condo, in fact, it could be an excellent option for your condo as far as ease of comfort and energy efficiency.
Most condo associations have in place a set of policies when it comes to renovating or installing new appliances or essential systems such as a heat pump/air conditioning system. Of which, require you to apply for approval, or request permission from the building’s strata prior to ordering your heat pump equipment. In rare cases, there may be permits required. The strata can advise you of their policy and requirements for your application.
For a heat pump installation in a condo, there are two main components that will need to be installed. These are the indoor and outdoor unit. An outdoor unit is usually installed on a patio or a balcony within 1 foot distance of the building itself and requires approx. 2×3’ of space. On the other hand, an indoor heat pump unit, also called a wall head, is ideally installed on the other side of the wall to where the outdoor unit is located. The indoor and outdoor units are connected by refrigerant lines and electrical connections, which are all contained in 1 casing called fortress. The fortress is run on the exterior of the building between the indoor and outdoor units.
Tips on How to Get Approval from Strata to Install a Heat Pump
Are you unsure of how to get strata approval to begin your heat pump installation process? The following tips will help you get approval from strata to install a heat pump.
Comply With the Building or Strata By-laws Around Air Conditioning
Most strata run buildings have policies which must be followed so it is important to educate yourself about these policies. Some of the details of installation that might be of concern to a strata include:
Penetration through the building envelope:
Noise levels of a heat pump:
A heat pump does have some noise generated by fans and compressors. Still, the inverter technology allows the fans and compressors to run at lower speeds to maintain a steady, consistent indoor temperature 24/7. The inverter technology, therefore, makes them less noisy than many other home appliances.
All condensates from indoor and outdoor heat pump units are drained to the building’s exterior to such areas as a downspout, garden bed, or patio.
Get All Your Documents Together
Once you have a full understanding of your strata’s policies/bylaws, you can now gather all the necessary documents required and submit a request to your strata for the Installation of a new heat pump. You’ll need to include all of the documents detailing your proposed unit’s components, technical specifications, and where you want to place the unit.
Obtaining the strata approval to install a heat pump in your condo is quite simple if you are aware of the strata by-laws. An integral part of getting the approval is knowing that you must ensure that the heat pump unit you want to install meets all requirements. As a condo owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your unit is placed appropriately, the water/condensate drains properly, it operates quietly so as not to disturb other owners, and an insured, licensed contractor installs it.
Are you interested in installing a heat pump in your condo? Coastal Heat Pumps promises to make your Installation as smooth a process as possible. Contact us today and let our experts assist you in conveniently switching to a sustainable, energy-efficient heating/cooling system.