What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only hurt your comfort, but can mean a 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 run into short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to reduced lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be confident in the proper furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your home.

Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will need to heat? The 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 filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the experts from Moyer Total Indoor Comfort take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a ideal 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you get in Kutztown. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the experts at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort help you identify a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, contact us at 484-646-3363 or book 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.