When you need to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.
If you choose a unit oversized for your home, you’ll start to notice short cycles. The reason is that 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 confident in the correct furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into account and measures 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 big is the area your furnace will be heating? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be considered during this process. Usually, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC review 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 certain type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will influence your heating and cooling requirements.
- Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you experience in Ellsworth. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 715-318-6728 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.