When the time comes to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only hurt your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.
If you pick a system oversized for your home, you’ll start to run into short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a shortened life span and cost you more in energy bills.
How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the professionals at Lakeside Heating & Air. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your home.
Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large 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 may be accounted for during this process. Many times, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Lakeside Heating & Air review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the perfect 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 receive in Chelan and Wenatchee. 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 choosing your new furnace. Let the experts at Lakeside Heating & Air help you pick a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 509-284-4265 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.