When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately 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 select a furnace oversized for your house, 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 shortened lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.
How can you be confident in the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the team at Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your space.
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 may be included 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 leaving your home throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning review 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
- Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you experience in Arlington. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new furnace. Let the experts at Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 360-255-5857 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.