When it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 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 pick a system oversized for your home, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a reduced life span and cost you more in energy bills.
How can you be confident in the correct furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the professionals at James Heating & A/C, Inc. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your home.
Some Things that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will be heating? A 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. Often, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from escaping your home throughout the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the team from James Heating & A/C, Inc evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select the perfect 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
- Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you receive in Lexington. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at James Heating & A/C, Inc help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 336-853-6070 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.