What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

January 31, 2019

When you discover you need to replace your heat pump, it’s important to understand 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 confident you know the right heat pump size for your home? Your should begin with a load calculation from the experts at Allstar Heating & 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) required 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 Things 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 your house. Not every inch of your home needs to be considered during this process. Many times, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation supports keeping warm air from leaving your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning 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 need to be considered with the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Evaluate the range of weather you encounter in Buellton. Your household will need a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or needing back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new heat pump. Let the team at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning help you find a solution that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 805-242-9638 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about heat pump size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.