When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you pick a furnace oversized for your space, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This is because 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 a reduced life span and higher costs.
How can you be sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the experts at Childress Heating & AC. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your space.
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 will be accounted for during this process. Often, it is more valuable 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 heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from Childress Heating & AC evaluate 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 particular type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
- Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you experience in Fredericksburg. 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 picking your new furnace. Let the experts at Childress Heating & AC help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 540-675-4306 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.