What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

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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 properly 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 sure you know the best heat pump size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the experts at Farnell Mechanical, 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 most common and broadly 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 area your heat pump will need 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. Usually, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Farnell Mechanical, Inc. 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 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—Consider the range of weather you experience in Opelika. You should have a heat pump that can keep up with the conditions of your area 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 professionals at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. help you find a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 334-245-4748 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.

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