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What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

When the time comes to replace your heat pump, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in a shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

How can you be confident you know the best heat pump size for your home? Start 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 typical and widely 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 be required 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 accounted for 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 making its way out of 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 experts from Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning inspect 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—Think about the range of weather you encounter in Buellton. Your household will need a heat pump that can keep up with the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or relying on 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 system that will fit your house properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 805-242-9638 or arrange 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 provide support.

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