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April 11, 2018
There have been a number of advancements in the heating and cooling industry in recent years, many of which have changed the way we look at how indoor air is conditioned. Heat pumps are perhaps the most popular and effective examples of what modern HVAC equipment is capable of, and they’re being embraced by more and more people each year. These units pull from either the ground or outside air to heat and cool the home accurately and precisely, greatly enhancing home energy efficiency.
Heat pumps are no doubt incredible pieces of equipment, but a fair amount of thought must go into the sizing process in order for them to operate properly. This can be very confusing for many Rhode Island homeowners, but CARJON has the experience and know-how it takes to set up your heat pump system correctly.
Why Proper Unit Sizing Matters
Take a moment to consider what would happen if you were to put a window unit air conditioner inside of a cathedral. You could run it at its highest capacity, yet it would never touch the actual temperature of the room. The same can be said for heat pumps when applied to rooms within your home. If a heat pump is undersized for a room, the negative effects can become quite obvious, fast. It’s simply not going to adequately heat or cool the room it’s in, and it will certainly work harder than it should in order to do so. Naturally, this can lead to a host of mechanical problems over time.
Issues with Oversized Heat Pumps
Problems can also exist if the heat pump is oversized. Common complaints include significant fluctuations in temperature, as well as a lack of adequate heating throughout certain parts of the home. This typically occurs as a result of oversized units creating more hot or cool air than is necessary, pushing into the house too quickly and near-instantly cooling the area surrounding the thermostat and shutting down the cycle before other parts of the home are conditioned. Because of this, the system isn’t able to run long enough to remove the right amount of humidity from the air, which results in clamminess during the summer months.
CARJON Can Help!
At CARJON, we understand how to right-size heat pumps for homes of all sizes. We do a manual J load calculation, which assesses the heating/cooling load needed to keep your home comfortable and properly conditioned. We’ll work with you to determine the exact needs of your home and come up with a plan that meets them sufficiently.