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What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

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 properly for your home, 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 sure you know the correct 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 account and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) necessary to heat your home. The popular 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 home your heat pump will have to heat? Your technician 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. Typically, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home throughout 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 specific 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 experience 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 system that will fit your house properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 928-263-8570 or schedule 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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