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 house, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in 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? Your should begin with a load calculation from the professionals at I-Deal HVAC. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) needed to heat your home. The typical and generally 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 home your heat pump will need to heat? Your technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your house. Not every inch of your home needs to be taken into consideration during this process. Many times, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation supports keeping warm air from leaving 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 professionals with I-Deal HVAC take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find the ideal 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 Albuquerque. You should have a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your climate every year, without straining itself or relying on back up heat.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new heat pump. Let the professionals at I-Deal HVAC help you find a system that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 505-445-1250 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.