What size furnace do I need?

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When it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 appropriately for your home, will not only affect 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 notice short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Central Heating & Plumbing. A load calculation takes aspects 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—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 may be considered during this process. Often, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from filtering out of your home during the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the experts from Central Heating & Plumbing evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a best 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—Consider the range of weather you experience in New Castle. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new furnace. Let the professionals at Central Heating & Plumbing help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, you can reach us at 724-401-1843 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.

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