When the time comes to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 hurt your comfort but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.
If you pick a system oversized for your house, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This means 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 shortened life span and cost you more in energy bills.
How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals at Watts Electric & AC. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into review and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your house.
Some Things that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will have to heat up? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home will be considered during this process. Often, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from escaping your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the experts from Watts Electric & AC evaluate 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 certain 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 Columbia. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at Watts Electric & AC help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, contact us at 601-736-7362 or book an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.