What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

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When it’s time to replace your heat pump, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your heat pump, and increase your monthly energy bills.

How can you be confident you know the right heat pump size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Paso Robles Heating and Air. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) needed to heat your home. The most common and broadly accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.

Some Factors that Influence Heat Pump Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the space your heat pump will be required to heat? A professional will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your house. Not every inch of your home needs to be taken into consideration during this process. Usually, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also heavily impacts energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at Paso Robles Heating and Air 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Evaluate the range of weather you have in Paso Robles. You should have a heat pump that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or needing back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new heat pump. Let the professionals at Paso Robles Heating and Air help you find a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 805-203-8667 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 assist.

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