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 properly for your house, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to 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 experts at Connolly Electric & Mechanical. 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 popular and widely accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.

Some Factors 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 your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Typically, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation supports keeping warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Connolly Electric & Mechanical inspect 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 specific 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 encounter in Cottonwood . Your household will need a heat pump that can keep up with the conditions of your environment every year, without straining itself or requiring back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new heat pump. Let the professionals at Connolly Electric & Mechanical help you find a unit that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 928-244-8840 or arrange 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.