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 appropriately for your house, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your heat pump, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills each month.
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 Interstate 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) 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 Elements that Influence Heat Pump Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your heat pump will be required to heat? Your technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of the house. Not every inch of your home needs to be taken into consideration during this process. Usually, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning 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 particular 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—Consider the range of weather you have in Omaha. You should have a heat pump that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or relying on back up heat.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new heat pump. Let the experts at Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning help you find a system that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 402-509-5940 or arrange 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.