When the time comes to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only affect your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you select a furnace oversized for your space, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a decreased life span and bigger expenses.
How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc.. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your space.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will have to heat up? A technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home may be accounted for during this process. Often, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from escaping your home throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the professionals from West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the ideal furnace for your house.
- Type of Window—Just like your walls, the particular type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
- Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you receive in West Jefferson. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. help you pick a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 614-879-9091 or book an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.