What size furnace do I need?

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When it’s time to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only affect your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.

If you pick a furnace oversized for your home, you’ll start to experience short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and higher costs.

How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals at Wolfe & Sons Inc. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your space.

Some Items that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How large 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 included during this process. Usually, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the professionals from Wolfe & Sons Inc review 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you experience in Columbus. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Wolfe & Sons Inc help you identify a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 614-362-9123 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.

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