When you need to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 affect your comfort but can lead to 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 experience short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a decreased life span and bigger expenses.
How can you be confident in the right furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at Gilray Heating and Cooling. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into review and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your home.
Some Things that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will need to heat? Your 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 useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Gilray Heating and Cooling review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the ideal 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 play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
- Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you get in Wausau. 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 picking your new furnace. Let the professionals at Gilray Heating and Cooling help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 715-301-0727 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.