What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When it’s time to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.

If you pick a unit oversized for your space, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to decreased lifespan and higher costs.

How can you be sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your space.

Some Items that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will have to heat up? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for 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 filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the experts from Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a 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—Consider the range of weather you get in Circleville. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, contact us at 740-474-5940 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.