Heating Options for Multifamily Communities Get Warm, Stay Warm

Whether you live in a high-rise building or a spread-out condo association, you probably take having reliable, adequate heat in the winter months for granted. But heating a multifamily community is not so easy as simply turning a dial. There are different fuel sources, budgetary considerations, and environmentally-friendly options to consider – especially when living in a community association where many homeowners’ voices must be heard. And clearly, different regions of the country have specific weather patterns with which they must deal. This is by no means a ‘one-size-fits-all’ matter.

The Western Florida Cooperator with managers and HVAC professionals across several different markets to get an overview of the energy options currently on the market, and find out which one may be best for a specific association. 

The Jet Set

Winters are certainly quite different in New York and Florida, but it’s not uncommon for residents of the former to have homes or apartments in the latter – and vice versa. Doug Weinstein, Vice President of Project Management Group of AKAM Living Services, which has dual headquarters in New York City and Dania Beach, Florida, has a finger on the pulse of both locales, and can attest to how people heat their homes in both the urban northeast and the semitropical south.

WFCOOP: What are some distinctions as to how energy procurement works in Florida, compared to New York?

DW: “We don’t have the same mechanical setup for heat production in Florida that you mainly see in New York. In the latter, you have mostly central heating plants. In Florida, however, we have central air conditioning plants, but heat is usually provided through the individual unit in a person’s residence; a heating coil in the AC unit, for example, rather than through supplying heated water for a central system. 

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August 2014, Vol 3, No 8