When you need to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only affect your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.
If you pick a system oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, 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 correct furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the professionals at Street Heating and Cooling. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration 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 need to heat? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home may be considered during this process. Often, 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 throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the experts from Street Heating and Cooling take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a perfect furnace for your house.
- Type of Window—Just like your walls, the specific 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 experience in Rapid City. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the experts at Street Heating and Cooling help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 605-206-3915 or book an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.