When the time comes 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 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 correct heat pump size for your home? Your should begin with a load calculation from the professionals at Solar Air 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) necessary to heat your home. The typical and broadly accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.
Some Factors 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 house. Not every inch of your home needs to be taken into consideration during this process. Many times, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from making its way out of your home through the cold winter months. It also heavily influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at Solar Air Inc. inspect 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 particular 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—Consider the range of weather you encounter in Fort Lauderdale. 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 selecting your new heat pump. Let the professionals at Solar Air Inc. help you find a solution that will fit your house properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 954-320-7398 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.