When it’s time to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you pick a furnace oversized for your house, you’ll start to run into short cycles. The reason is that 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 bigger expenses.
How can you be sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the professionals at Kapaun & Brown. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into review and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your home.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large 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 will be included during this process. Many times, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team from Kapaun & Brown review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a 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 experience in Marshalltown. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the professionals at Kapaun & Brown help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 641-812-2028 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.