What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 with larger energy costs.

If you choose a furnace oversized for your home, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to reduced lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the team at SchagrinGAS Company. 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 big is the area your furnace will be heating? Your technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to 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 filtering out of your home through the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the experts from SchagrinGAS Company review 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 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 Middletown. 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 choosing your new furnace. Let the professionals at SchagrinGAS Company help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, you can reach us at 302-231-1380 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.