What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

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When you discover you need 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 house, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in a shortened life of your heat pump, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills each month.

How can you be confident you know the right heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the team at B&D Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into the assessment and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) necessary to heat your home. The most common 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 area your heat pump will be required to heat? A professional will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be taken into consideration during this process. Typically, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with B&D Air Conditioning take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find the best heat pump for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the certain 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—Consider the range of weather you encounter in Safford. You should have 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 team at B&D Air Conditioning help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 928-432-6018 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have concerns about heat pump size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to assist.

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