DTC worked with New Opportunities Inc., the Community Action Agency operating the ARRA Weatherization program. New Opportunities Inc. (NOI) is under contract with the CT Department of Social Services for the purchase and installation of ductless heat pumps for state financed elderly and disabled housing projects throughout the state of Connecticut.

The project was funded by the US Department of Energy’s ARRA Weatherization funds in conjunction with United Illuminating and the CT Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency funds.

The program provided Ductless Heat Pumps at no cost to the owner or housing authority. Ductless Heat Pumps can lower utility bills compared with electric heat. Savings are approximately 40% per year for energy costs. The project conforms to numerous energy standards, including CEE High Efficiency Specification for Heat Pumps, Energy Star, and ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004.

Electric baseboard heat was not disabled. The electric baseboard will serve as back up or supplemental heat during periods of extreme cold weather. New developments in heat pump technology allow the heat pumps to operate at lower outdoor temperatures than older models. Exterior mounted disconnect switch with integral GFI outlet at all outdoor condensing units.

Unique Challenges

All heat pumps are supplied with a Water Level Sensor at the primary drain pan to comply with the 2009 International Plumbing Code. No product meeting this code requirement existed during the design stages. New Opportunities coordinated the collaboration between Diversified Technology Consultants, GEMS Sensors & Controls, Patriot Heating and Air Conditioning and Thomaston Oil to engineer a product that would meet the code required condensate disposal standards.

In the event of a condensate line failure, a water level sensor device will shut down the heat pump system to prevent water damage to the apartments. All heat pumps are supplied with a Water Level Sensor at the primary drain pan to comply with the 2009 International Plumbing Code.

Statewide Program

Heat pumps were provided to 27 facilities throughout 14 Connecticut towns, bringing increased energy performance and associated cost savings to the residents of 1,070 apartment units.

NOI / ARRA Heat Pump Projects:
Ansonia – J. O’Donnell Apartments (40 Units)
Berlin – Marjorie Moore Village (Comm. Room, Units)
Bethel – Reynolds Ridge & Extension (80 Units)
Cheshire – Beachport (48 Units)
Darien – Old Town Hall Houses (30 Units)
Derby – Cicia Manor (40 Units)
Derby – Lakeview Terrace (30 Units)
Fairfield – Pine Tree Lane (18 Units)
Fairfield – Trefoil Court (30 Units)
Hamden – Centerville Village (40 Units)
Hamden – Hamden Village (60 Units)
Hamden – Mt. Carmel (40 Units)
Monroe – Fairway Acres (28 Units)
Shelton – Sinsabaugh Heights I (40 Units)
Shelton – Devaux Apartments (40 Units)
Southington – DiCapario Forgione Terr. (40 Units)
Southington – Lincoln Lewis Apartments (40 Units)
Southington – Joseph A. Zdunczyk (60 Units)
Southington – General Pulaski Terrace (40 Units)
Torrington – Laurel Acres (56 Units)
Torrington – Thompson Heights (35 Units)
Wallingford – Eastside Terrace (40 Units)
Wallingford – John P. Savage (35 Units)
Wallingford – McGuire Court (50 Units)
Wallingford – Southside Terrace (40 Units)
Wallingford – McKenna Court (30 Units)
Winsted – Greenwood Gardens (40 Units)
Total Apartments Upgraded= 1,070 Units
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