Sizing a geothermal heat pump is a crucial step for integrating this heating and cooling solution into your southwest Oklahoma home. The size of your new geothermal heat pump will depend on a variety of factors, including the current size of your home and its specific heating and cooling demands.
The Right Size Is Always the Best Size
When sizing a geothermal heat pump, you might be tempted to go over or under your new system’s recommended size. There are plenty of good reasons why the right size is always the best.
Installing an undersized geothermal heat pump won’t help you save money. It could actually cost you more since it’ll run longer to make up for its lowered heating and cooling capability, and your system will use more electricity than a properly sized system would.
An oversized system will condition a room in an exceptionally short amount of time, shut down and, when temperatures swiftly climb back to the system’s set point, operate once more. This short-cycling can not only drag down your geothermal heat pump’s efficiency gains, but also cause greater wear and tear to certain system components.
Making your geothermal heat pump the right size not only preserves your home’s overall comfort, but it can also save you up to 70 percent on your heating and cooling expenses.
Building a Solid Foundation
The size of your new geothermal heat pump’s loop field will depend on the soil type and conditions around your home, as well as the size of the system itself. The bigger the equipment, the bigger the loop field should be to accommodate your system. Soils that don’t hold heat well, such as sandy soils, will also need bigger loop fields than dense soils such as clay.
Sizing a geothermal heat pump is a complex task that should be left in the hands of a qualified geothermal contractor. Fortunately, the professionals at Davis Air Conditioning are always here to provide expertise when it comes to your southwest Oklahoma home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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