What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

January 31, 2019

When it’s time to replace your heat pump, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your house, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

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 Gordon Air Conditioning. 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 typical 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 space your heat pump will have 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. Typically, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation supports keeping warm air from escaping your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily impacts energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at Gordon Air Conditioning 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 specific 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 have in Crestview. You’ll want a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or requiring back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new heat pump. Let the experts at Gordon Air Conditioning help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 850-250-0335 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.