What size should my heat pump be?

We get that question a lot. The answer is, it depends.

There’s not a one size fits all when it comes to heat pumps. But thankfully it can be simple to determine what size is right for your space. And even better, we will do it for your as part of the quote process!

To determine the size of heat pump required, we offer an assessment which determines how much energy is required to heat or cool your room or building. Of course, the results can vary greatly from house to house due to differences in air-tightness, solar access, exposure to the wind, insulation, and so on. Generally, multiple smaller units installed throughout the home are more efficient than one large unit.

This chart can be used to get an approximate idea of what size of heat pump you may need in your home.

heat pump capacity house size
ton sq. feet sq. meters
2 1000 93
3 1500 140
4 2000 186
5 2500 232
6 3000 280

Heat pumps are certainly worth considering if you’re looking for ways to cut-down on your energy bill or looking for new heating or cooling options for your home or workplace.  They provide all-season climate control by heating your space in the winter months and cooling it throughout the summer.

Using forced air, heat pumps are designed to push heat through a room. So you can imagine that there’s nothing worse than discovering you’ve brought a heat pump that’s too big or too small to do the job…except maybe discovering you’ve spent money installing the wrong size.

Choosing the proper size heat pump will save you money and also will affect how long your unit will last. If your heat pump is too big or too small you might have higher energy costs, short cycling, ineffective control of humidity, drastic temperature differences within your home, or an increase in on-and-off cycling, which can put stress on the blower motor.

Heat pumps are sized to meet the cooling and heating needs of spaces within your home. They come in a variety of of sizes and, depending on its BTU capacity, one unit alone can provide between ¾ and 2 ½ tons of heating/cooling.

We use Daikin brand split and multi split heat pumps for both commercial and residential use becuase of the quality of their products. Daikin is the world’s largest supplier of HVAC equipment and have been around since the 1920s. They deal in both air to air heat pumps and air to water heat pumps, ducted or ductless. Daikin systems have a 12-year warranty, which is the best around.

Daikin has a extensive line of heat pumps and AC system from very small residential unit to large systems that will supply large buildings with heating and cooling. Daikin residential and commercial systems are 9k, 12k, 15k, 18k, 24k, 36k for single split units. Multi head units are 18k, 24k and 36k and the larger super multi is 48k which can handle up to 8 indoor heads.

We recommend getting a trusted professional to help you determine the size of heat pump you need. Our trusted team of professionals will measure the BTU capacity of your home and help you choose a heat pump accordingly, install it, and maintain it.