When it’s time to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 impact your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you pick a system oversized for your space, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a decreased life span and higher costs.
How can you be certain about the correct furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at Knoechel Heating. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into account and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your house.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will be heating? Your 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. Usually, 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 during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the professionals from Knoechel Heating take a look at 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 play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
- Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you receive 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 professionals at Knoechel Heating help you identify a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 724-425-5852 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.