When it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 hurt your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you select a furnace oversized for your house, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.
How can you be confident in the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Watts Electric & A/C Inc. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your home.
Some Things that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will need to heat? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be considered during this process. Often, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from filtering out of your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team from Watts Electric & A/C Inc review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a 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 experience in Columbia. 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 picking your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Watts Electric & A/C Inc help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, you can reach us at 601-736-7362 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.