What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

January 31, 2019

When you discover you need to replace your heat pump, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your space, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your heat pump, and increase your monthly energy bills.

How can you be certain you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the team at Comfort Zone 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 widely accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.

Some Things 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 the 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 helps keep warm air from escaping 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 experts from Comfort Zone Inc take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a perfect 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Evaluate the range of weather you have in Cape Coral. You should have a heat pump that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or needing back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new heat pump. Let the professionals at Comfort Zone Inc help you find a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 239-214-0411 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about heat pump size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to assist.