Sizing Your Heat Pump for Installation: What You Should Know

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One of the most important parts of the heat pump or air conditioning installation process is determining the proper size of the system you plan to install for your home. A system that is too small will run for too long, which can wear down the parts, raise your bills, and will likely never keep you quite as comfortable as you’d like. One that is too big can short cycle (turn on and off too frequently), which also overworks the main components and could lead to premature failure. Here’s what else you should know about sizing a heat pump for installation.

Sizing is a complex process that requires expertise

The process is not as easy as determining the total square footage of the home and finding a system that matches this total. Your technician should consider a number of other factors as well, including the number of people in the home, any attic insulation, shading around the house, the placement of windows, and the layout of your ducts. Precision calculation is vital in finding the size.

Finding a replacement system is not as easy as it seems

When replacing an older heat pump or AC, some people simply figure out the size of the older unit and replace it with a unit that matches this. But you cannot guarantee that the older unit was sized properly in the first place. If your system seemed to fail before the end of its lifespan, or if your energy bills were particularly high, your technician should take very careful measurements.

You should replace both units at once

Heat pumps contain an indoor and outdoor unit that are designed to work together. If you learn that you need to replace the outdoor unit, we recommend replacing the indoor unit as well. This ensures that the two parts match closely in size, and that the system will continue to perform at optimal efficiency.

Trust the HVAC installation and replacement experts at AC Designs Inc. to size and install your new heat pump in the Daytona Beach area.