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WHAT SIZE HEAT PUMP DO I NEED?

When it’s time 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 mean 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? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Arnold’s Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc. 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 typical 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 area your heat pump will be required to heat? The expert will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of the house. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Many times, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation supports keeping warm air from leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly influences energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Arnold’s Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc 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—Think about the range of weather you encounter in Stuart and West Palm Beach areas. You should have a heat pump that can handle the conditions of your area every year, without overdoing itself or needing back up heat.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new heat pump. Let the professionals at Arnold’s Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc help you find a unit that will fit your space properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 772-205-3269 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 assist.