When you discover you need to replace your heat pump, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your house, 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 certain you know the correct heat pump size for your home? Your should begin with a load calculation from the professionals at Osceola Air, LLC. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the capacity of a heat pump) necessary 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 Elements that Influence Heat Pump Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your heat pump will have to heat? A professional 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. Typically, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation supports keeping warm air from making its way out of your home through the cold winter months. It also seriously affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team at Osceola Air, LLC 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 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 St. Cloud. You should have a heat pump that can keep up with the conditions of your environment 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 Osceola Air, LLC help you find a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 407-477-6319 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 help you out.