When you need to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 choose a furnace oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a decreased life span and bigger expenses.
How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Fire & Ice HVAC. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into review and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your home.
Some Things that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will have to heat up? Your 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 valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from filtering out of 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 Fire & Ice HVAC 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 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—Consider the range of weather you receive in Manassas. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with 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 Fire & Ice HVAC help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, you can reach us at 703-595-4157 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.