What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When the time comes to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only affect your comfort, but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you select a furnace oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and higher costs.

How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Appalachian Heating. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your space.

Some Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—What size 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 may be considered during this process. Often, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from filtering out of your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Appalachian Heating evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the best 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 experience in Mount Hope. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the experts at Appalachian Heating help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, you can reach us at 304-707-0600 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.