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What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

When it’s time to replace your heat pump, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, 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? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at White Mechanical, Inc.. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) required to heat your home. The popular 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 area your heat pump will have 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. Usually, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home throughout the cold winter months. It also seriously affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at White Mechanical, Inc. 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 certain 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 Foothill Ranch. You should have a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or needing back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new heat pump. Let the experts at White Mechanical, Inc. help you find a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 949-284-6382 or schedule 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 assist.

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