When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.
If you select a unit oversized for your home, you’ll start to experience short cycles. The reason is that 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 bigger expenses.
How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals at James Heating & A/C, Inc. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your home.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will have to heat up? A 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. Often, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from leaving your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the professionals from James Heating & A/C, Inc take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
- Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you receive in Lexington. 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 picking your new furnace. Let the experts at James Heating & A/C, Inc help you pick a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 336-853-6070 or book an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.