When you need to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 select a furnace oversized for your home, you’ll start to notice 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 sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at Bishop’s HVAC. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into consideration and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed 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 needs to be included during this process. Often, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from leaving your home throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Bishop’s 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
- Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you receive in Sacramento. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the professionals at Bishop’s HVAC help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 916-591-6889 or book an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.