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 correctly for your space, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your heat pump, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills each month.
How can you be sure you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Farnell Mechanical, Inc.. 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) needed 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 Elements 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 taken into consideration during this process. Many times, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from making its way out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also greatly influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with Farnell Mechanical, 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 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 have in Opelika. You’ll want a heat pump that can sustain the conditions of your climate every year, without overdoing itself or requiring 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 start the process, call us at 334-524-2458 or arrange 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 assist.