When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 with larger energy costs.
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 rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to decreased lifespan and higher costs.
How can you be certain about the correct furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the team at Knoechel Heating Company. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and measures 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 big 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 included 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 leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from Knoechel Heating Company take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select the ideal 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
- Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you get in Zelienople. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new furnace. Let the experts at Knoechel Heating Company help you pick a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 724-425-5852 or book an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.