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 home, 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 confident you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into the assessment and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) necessary to heat your home. The typical and broadly 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 be required to heat? A professional will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your house. Not every inch of your home needs to be considered during this process. Typically, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also seriously affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from AZ Air Conditioning and Heating 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 specific type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will influence the heating and cooling needs of your home.
- Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you experience in Los Angeles. You should have a heat pump that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or requiring back up heat.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new heat pump. Let the experts at AZ 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 800-296-5088 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have concerns about heat pump size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.