Heat pumps are a good money-saving alternative to other heating systems throughout the cold winter months. However, it is important to understand what size your system needs before you make a purchase. Installing a heat pump that is too large for your home will increase its wear and tear due to overworking. Similarly, a pump too small may not be able to maintain coolness for as long as it is needed, increasing discomfort. In both scenarios, your system ends up costing you more money and energy. In order to buy the proper size pump, it is integral to understand how a heat pump works before trying to calculate the necessary size on your own.
Heat pumps are climate-control systems that function similar to an air conditioner. They primarily utilize a refrigeration mechanism for heating and cooling rather than the standard fuel combustion method. In simple terms, the heat pump extracts warm air on a cold day and cold air on a warm day from outside to regulate the internal climate of your home.
The ability to perfectly size a heat pump requires knowledge and skill that only a certified technician will have. Unfortunately, not every heat pump installer is professionally skilled, which is why people occasionally end up with poor-functioning or ill-fitting heat pumps. The basic information all homeowners should know is that heat pumps range from 6Kw – 15Kw, with an industry standard temperature of seven or thirty-five degrees Celsius. Your choice in heat pump will also rely on three key factors:
Sizing a heat pump is not easy, and sizing it correctly is vital in ensuring that it performs at its highest capacity. Although you can attempt measuring a heat pump on your own, it is recommended that you hire an experienced HVAC technician who will be able to confidently size and install your equipment. In addition to helping you select the proper pump, they can also provide maintenance and repair services should your heating system need it later on down the road. By hiring a professional, you’ll get the perfect heat pump that works efficiently and doesn’t cost unnecessary expenses.
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