When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only affect your comfort but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you pick a unit oversized for your house, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a shortened life span and higher costs.
How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Strine's. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your house.
Some Things that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will have to heat up? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home will be considered during this process. Many times, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the professionals from Strine's take a look at 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 certain 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—Think about the range of weather you experience in York. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain 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 Strine's help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, you can reach us at 717-383-4479 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.