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Old 01-25-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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I am located in South Eastern Ontario, Canada . I have a Heil seer14 heat pump system that was installed 4 years ago by the previous owner. My only gripe is that they located the HP outside the bedroom windows on the east side of the house. It is most annoying when it cycles - especially the low induction drone. We have mostly westerly winds and my question is this.

Can I relocate my unit to the southern aspect and put a small wind break on the west side. this would allow the unit to be in full sun most of the day. Heating is my primary use with a small amount of AC. It is Canada.

At the moment the pipes run across the house approx 50 feet - which I think is above the max allowed, the relocation however would only be 23 feet, I would have to run a little more outside and would enclose the pipes in a hightly insulated box.

I am new to HP and would value any comments and suggestions.

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Old 01-25-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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Do you get snow drifts on the southern side.

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It's Canada we get snow drifts everywhere.

With the wind being mostly from the west, I was proposing, a small screen fence on that side to give some shelter.

I had also intended on lifting the HP on a metal frame about 12/18 inches above ground as suggested by Enviro Canada.
this would give clear space for defrost and limit if not negate the risk of snow packing against the fins.
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LOL, guess I should have said, does it drift more on the southern side.


Then there is no reason you can't relocate it there.
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Thanks for that.

I had assumed that I could relocate it , but was interested in whether a more southerly aspect would have any notional advantage in the heating season ( radiant heat on the coils - giving a more efficient heat co-efficient). I know it might be a little less efficient for cooling - being in direct sun.
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It has minor effect.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:41 PM   #7
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What you're proposing should be just fine. I'm sure you've experienced imbalanced fan bladed due to icing, so the southerly exposure might help that problem.

Make sure you get someone who knows what they're doing when charging a system with that length of line. Get the person who did it originally as they obviously did it right.

I'm encouraged to her folks further north than I using HPs effectively.

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