When you need to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only impact your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you choose a system oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a decreased life span and higher costs.
How can you be certain about 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) necessary to heat your space.
Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will have to heat up? Your 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. Many times, it is more valuable 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 heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Central Heating & Plumbing evaluate 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 specific type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will influence your heating and cooling requirements.
- Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you receive in New Castle. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain 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 Central Heating & Plumbing help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 724-401-1843 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.