When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only hurt your comfort but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.
If you pick a unit oversized for your space, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a shortened life span and bigger expenses.
How can you be sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the experts at James Heating & A/C, Inc. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your home.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How big 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 accounted for during this process. Often, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from James Heating & A/C, Inc evaluate 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 particular 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 get in Lexington. 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc help you identify a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 336-853-6070 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.