What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

January 31, 2019

When you discover you need 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 space, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

How can you be confident you know the best heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals 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) necessary 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 home your heat pump will have to heat? A professional will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. 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 helps keep warm air from escaping your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating take a look at 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—Consider the range of weather you experience in Laguna Niguel. You should have a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your area every year, without straining itself or needing 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 home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 949-317-4175 or book 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 provide support.