When it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only impact your comfort but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you choose a furnace oversized for your home, you’ll start to run into short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a reduced life span and higher costs.
How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Home Comfort Heating & Air. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into consideration and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your house.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will be heating? Your technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be included during this process. Many times, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from Home Comfort Heating & Air review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the perfect furnace for your house.
- Type of Window—Just like your walls, the specific type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
- Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you experience in Elk River. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the experts at Home Comfort Heating & Air help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 763-276-0617 or book an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.