What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

January 31, 2019

When the time comes 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 house, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in a shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

How can you be certain you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals 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 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 Elements that Influence Heat Pump Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the home your heat pump will need to heat? A professional will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of the house. Not every inch of your home needs to be considered during this process. Usually, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from escaping your home throughout the cold winter months. It also greatly impacts energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc examine 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—Consider the range of weather you encounter in Saint Petersburg. You’ll want a heat pump that can sustain the conditions of your climate every year, without straining itself or relying on back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking 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 start the process, call us at 727-369-6195 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have concerns about heat pump size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.