When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 appropriately for your home, will not only affect 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 house, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This is because 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 reduced lifespan and bigger expenses.
How can you be certain about the proper furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Brandon Heating and Plumbing. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your house.
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 will be accounted for during this process. Many times, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Brandon Heating and Plumbing evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a 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—Consider the range of weather you receive in Brandon. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at Brandon Heating and Plumbing help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, you can reach us at 204-728-0180 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.