When the time comes to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 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 system oversized for your house, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to reduced lifespan and higher costs.
How can you be confident in the proper furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Street Heating and Cooling. A load calculation takes aspects 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 Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will be heating? A 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. Usually, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from escaping your home through the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Street Heating and Cooling 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 play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
- Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you experience in Rapid City. 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 picking your new furnace. Let the professionals at Street Heating and Cooling help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 605-206-3915 or arrange 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.