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When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 properly 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 choose a unit oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This means 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 cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be certain about the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Point Heating & Cooling. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your house.

Some Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will have to heat up? 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 useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the experts from Point Heating & Cooling take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
  • Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you experience in Plover. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at Point Heating & Cooling help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 715-504-0533 or book an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.