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What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

When it’s time to replace your heat pump, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your space, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

How can you be sure you know the best heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into the assessment and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) needed to heat your home. The most common and widely accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.

Some Things that Influence Heat Pump Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the area your heat pump will need to heat? The expert will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Usually, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from leaving your home during the cold winter months. It also heavily impacts energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find the ideal heat pump for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the certain type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will influence the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you encounter in Saint Petersburg. You’ll want a heat pump that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or relying on back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new heat pump. Let the professionals at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc help you find a unit that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 727-369-6195 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about heat pump size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.

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