What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

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When the time comes to replace your heat pump, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your space, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in 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 best heat pump size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into the assessment and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) needed 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 home 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 considered during this process. Many times, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from making its way out of your home through the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 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—Evaluate the range of weather you encounter in Bakersfield. Your household will need a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your area 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing help you find a system that will fit your house properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 661-437-3499 or book an appointment online. Whether you have concerns about heat pump size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to provide support.

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