What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

January 31, 2019

When you discover you need to replace your heat pump, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your space, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your heat pump, and increase your monthly energy bills.

How can you be confident you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Your should begin with a load calculation from the experts at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) needed to heat your home. The popular and generally accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.

Some Elements that Influence Heat Pump Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the space your heat pump will be required to heat? Your technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be considered during this process. Many times, 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 greatly influences 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 particular type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will need to be considered with the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Evaluate the range of weather you encounter in Saint Petersburg. Your household will need a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or relying on back up heat.

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