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What Heat Pump Size Is Right for My Home?

Heat Pump SizeHeat pumps are one of the most economical and effective home heating system available to people living in Jackson. However, if you choose the wrong heat pump size, you may lose out on the comfort and savings these units promise. Luckily, at Environment Masters, we have extensive experience sizing various home HVAC units, including heat pumps.

Evaluating Your Heating Needs

To choose the right size of heat pump, you will need to determine the heating capacity of your home. This is calculated based on the square footage of your home’s heated areas and the number of British Thermal Units (BTUs) needed, per square foot, to keep your home comfortable. A good baseline in mild climates is 30 BTUs. Multiply the square footage and BTU per square foot to determine how much total BTU you need. Next, you need to factor in the amount of home energy loss that your heat pump will need to offset. Hiring a professional to conduct an energy audit is the surest way to calculate heat loss.

Understanding Environmental Factors

Before deciding on heat pump size, you also need to consider how outdoor conditions will affect the pump’s heating capacity. When temperatures range from 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, many heat pumps have just enough capacity to meet demand. At lower temperatures, a supplemental heating unit will be necessary to support the heat pump. In Mississippi, our average low temperatures typically stay above freezing. However, since heat pump capacity varies between models, it’s important to verify that the unit will perform adequately on an average winter day.

Get Expert Help

Determining the optimal heat pump size can be a challenging task. At Environment Masters, we recommend that you leave it to the experts. We can help you find the most affordable or reasonably sized unit that will still meet your heating needs. We can also help you decide whether an air-source or ground-source heat pump offers a better fit. Call us today at 601-353-4681 to get help choosing the right heat pump for your home.

What Heat Pump Size Is Right for My Home? was last modified: January 21st, 2016 by Raymond Nalty

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