The condo building I just bought into has a crawlspace with plumbing
pipes that are heated by a professionally installed, gas, space
heater. A portion of the insulation--the area for one of the two
units that are on the first floor--has been removed from between the
floor joists. To my mind the crawlspace heat that protects the pipes
from freezing is going up into the condo unit above. The condo unit
is getting the heat that is paid for by the common fees. The
usage/cost of heat is much more than if the joists between the
crawlspace and the condo unit were insulated. Can I get an objective
opinion here? Is it wrong and blatantly unfair for the unit owner to
insist that the insulation not be replaced?
Concerned condo dweller
Heat rises..... sometimes. Hot air rises, but heat will move with
equal ease up down right or left through solids. It moves to equalize the
Assuming the crawlspace is heated to the same temperature or less than
the condo, no heat will be lost from the craw space, and if the condo unit
is warmer, the association will actually get free heat coming down from the
condo unit. If the condo owner is smart, they will want the insulation.
Frankly, I would be a little concerned about a gas space heater in an
unoccupied area like that. If everything was done right and meets all
codes, well OK. I wonder if it might have been better and less expensive to
use heat tape and insulation on the pipes.
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