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What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

When it’s time to replace your heat pump, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your space, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

How can you be certain you know the right heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the team at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating . 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 most common and generally 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 space your heat pump will need to heat? A professional will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of the house. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Typically, 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 through the cold winter months. It also greatly impacts energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating 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 certain type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Evaluate the range of weather you encounter in Laguna Niguel. You should have a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your environment 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 Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating help you find a solution that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 949-525-9119 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have concerns about heat pump size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to assist.

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