When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 impact your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.
If you select a furnace oversized for your space, you’ll start to experience short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a decreased life span and cost you more in energy bills.
How can you be certain about the correct furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Precision Mechanical. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and identifies 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—What size 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 will be accounted for during this process. Often, it is more useful 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 greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the professionals from Precision Mechanical take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the 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—Factor in the range of weather you receive in Rapid City. 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 qualified technicians at Precision Mechanical help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 605-206-3766 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.