San Francisco HVAC – What Size Heat Pump Do I Need?

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Whether you’re a San Mateo homeowner or own a home in other areas surrounding the Bay Area, you may be wondering what size heat pump you need. Heat pumps are ideal for homeowners in this area, because they perform the functions of both cooling and heating depending on the season, and we don’t typically experience really cold winters. So, how do you know what size is right for your home?

San Mateo homeowners can only enjoy high efficiency and money savings when the heat pump they have installed is the proper size. Unlike a furnace, a heat pump draws heat from outdoor or nearby air instead of producing its own heat like a gas or propane fueled furnace does.

Why does size matter?

A heat pump that’s too small or too large for your heating needs will result in issues such as the unit cycling on/off too often, uncontrollable humidity inside your home, and high operating costs because they have a minimum and maximum work capacity. This will result in not only higher cooling/heating costs, but a shortened lifespan for your equipment. Your home will also not be as comfortable as the wrong size heat pump cannot maintain a consistent temperature.

How to choose the proper size?

There are eight factors that HVAC professionals look at when calculating the proper size heat pump for a home. These include the layout (shape and floor plan), how many windows are present and where they’re located inside the home, the size of your home in terms of square footage, how lighting fixtures and appliances generate interior heat, how many members are in your household, and more. The R factor and insulation thickness also work to determine what size heat pump you need.

Your San Francisco HVAC contractor can help

Guessing at what size heat pump you need is not a good idea. By talking to a professional contractor who is familiar with the factors that determine proper sizing, you can ensure you get the right size for your unique needs. In addition, your heating and cooling contractor can answer all of your questions and advise you regarding various types of systems designed to cool and heat your home.

At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we want Bay Area homeowners to be well-informed and knowledgeable when it comes to home comfort. We understand that energy efficiency is important, and that you want equipment that is high quality, yet affordable. Contact us today to learn more about heat pumps and their operation.