When you need to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 hurt 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 home, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This is because 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 shortened life span and higher costs.
How can you be confident in the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the team at Controlled Comfort HVAC. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your home.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How big 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. Many times, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from filtering out of your home through the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Controlled Comfort 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 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—Factor in the range of weather you get in Carpentersville. 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 selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at Controlled Comfort HVAC help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 224-412-8308 or book 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 experts are happy to help you out.