There’s a common line of thought that postulates that “bigger is better.” While this may be true for bags of popcorn at a movie theater, or even bowls of ice cream on a hot sunny day, this is less true for the size of furnace for your home. Instead, when it comes to finding the right size heater for your home, you’ll want to follow the Goldilocks test, and find a unit that is “just right.” Today, the Heat Exchanger Experts will discuss the importance of finding the right size furnace for your home.
Size Does Matter
For those cold months, you might think that having a larger furnace would heat your home faster than a smaller unit. Surprisingly, this isn’t the case. In fact, bigger furnaces have a bigger list of negatives than positives. The size of your furnace can have a major effect on your home. The size of the unit itself can influence the costs associated with installing it. Improperly sized furnaces can also have a pronounced impact on your utility bills. Improperly sized furnaces can dramatically raise your monthly bills. Additionally, furnaces that are not matched to your home can result in higher maintenance and repair costs as they often need more frequent repairs.
Why You Want The Right Sized Furnace
Larger furnaces, by nature of their size, consume more fuel than smaller sized furnaces. While this might be appropriate for larger homes, for homes that have installed a furnace that is too large, they’ll experience a problem called short-cycling. Short-cycling is when the furnace turns on and off at short intervals.
This process not only uses more fuel than a normally functioning furnace, but it also puts undue stress,wear, and tear on the parts within the furnace. This wear leads to a less efficient system that requires more frequent repairs, more expensive repairs, and ultimately limits the lifespan of the furnace. Financially, this problem is obvious, but practically, having a furnace that is constantly short-cycling means that no room in the house is ever truly warm or cold. The furnace struggles to regulate the temperatures in the home.
Choosing The Right Size Furnace
When you find and install the right size furnace, you’re making a long-term investment into the HVAC system for your home, as well as your comfort and quality of living. Determining the right size furnace for your home is easy thanks to many online calculators that provide you with an estimate based on your homes square footage as well as your monthly utility bill.
While this estimate may be helpful, you can get a more accurate assessment by working with a local HVAC technician. They’ll look for factors that could impact the effectiveness of your HVAC system that you may not think to look for. In addition to examining the square footage and layout of your home, they’ll also inspect your doors and windows, and your vents and duct network within the home itself. By looking at all of these elements, they can provide you with the most accurate assessment for what size furnace you’ll need. In many cases, they can also make suggestions for a particular brand or model that might work best for your home.
The right size furnace can keep you warm in the cold winter months without affecting your utility bills.
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