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What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

When the time comes to replace your heat pump, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

How can you be confident you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Your should begin with a load calculation from the team at Mighty Ducts. 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 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 Elements that Influence Heat Pump Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the space your heat pump will be required to heat? Your technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be taken into consideration during this process. Typically, 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 through the cold winter months. It also seriously influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at Mighty Ducts inspect the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find the best 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—Consider the range of weather you have in Orange. You should have a heat pump that can sustain 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 experts at Mighty Ducts help you find a solution that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 714-464-3376 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have concerns about heat pump size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.

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