When the time comes to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 spending extra money on your utility bills.
If you select a unit oversized for your space, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to decreased lifespan and bigger expenses.
How can you be sure you know the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the professionals at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling. A load calculation takes specifics 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—How big is the area your furnace will be heating? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home may be accounted for 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 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 Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select the 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
- Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you receive in Columbus. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 614-451-0846 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.