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What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

When the time comes 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 home, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in a shortened life of your heat pump, and raise your utility costs.

How can you be confident you know the best heat pump size for your home? Your should begin with a load calculation from the professionals at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) necessary to heat your home. The popular 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 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 considered during this process. Many times, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation supports keeping warm air from making its way out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also seriously influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning inspect 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 influence the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Evaluate the range of weather you have in Sylmar. Your household will need a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your climate 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 American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning help you find a system that will fit your house properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 818-275-0897 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about heat pump size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.

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