When the time comes to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 impact your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.
If you choose a system oversized for your space, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a reduced life span and bigger expenses.
How can you be sure you know the right furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Street Heating and Cooling. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into consideration and gauges 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 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 considered during this process. Usually, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to 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 will be necessary. Let the team from Street Heating and Cooling evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select the perfect 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
- Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you receive in Rapid City. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking 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, call us at 605-206-3915 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.