What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When it’s time to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all.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

If you select a furnace oversized for your space, you’ll start to experience 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 reduced lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary 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. Many times, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from leaving 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 team from Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC review 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you get in Hamilton. 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 513-268-5164 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.