What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

January 31, 2019

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 leave you stuck with higher energy bills each month.

How can you be sure you know the right heat pump size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals at YES R&M 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) needed to heat your home. The typical and generally accepted method is a calculation of the total heat loss and heat gain of the structure using ACCA Manual J.

Some Things that Influence Heat Pump Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the space your heat pump will need to heat? The expert 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 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 heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals with YES R&M Inc. examine 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 particular 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—Evaluate the range of weather you experience in Long Beach. Your household will need a heat pump that can keep up with the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself or needing back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new heat pump. Let the experts at YES R&M Inc. help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 562-286-6624 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 help you out.