When the time comes to replace your heat pump, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your house, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in a shortened life of your heat pump, and increase your monthly energy bills.
How can you be certain you know the right heat pump size for your home? Your should begin with a load calculation from the experts at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling. 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 popular 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 have to heat? The expert will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of the house. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Many times, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to 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 North Mechanical Heating and Cooling take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a perfect 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 influence the heating and cooling needs of your home.
- Outdoor Climate—Evaluate the range of weather you encounter in Payson. You should have a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your area every year, without overdoing itself or needing back up heat.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new heat pump. Let the professionals at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 928-263-8570 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.