When you discover you need 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 house, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to 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? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Smyth Air Conditioning Inc. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) needed to heat your home. The popular and generally 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 area your heat pump will be required to heat? The expert 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. Usually, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from making its way out of your home through the cold winter months. It also seriously impacts energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at Smyth Air Conditioning Inc examine 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 influence the heating and cooling needs of your home.
- Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you encounter in Lake Worth. You should have a heat pump that can keep up with the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself or relying on back up heat.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new heat pump. Let the team at Smyth Air Conditioning Inc help you find a system that will fit your house properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 561-533-6066 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about heat pump size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to provide support.