When you need to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only affect your comfort but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.
If you pick a furnace oversized for your home, you’ll start to notice short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a shortened life span and cost you more in energy bills.
How can you be confident in the proper furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into review and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your home.
Some Items that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will have to heat up? A technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be included during this process. Usually, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
- Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Three Rivers Heating & Cooling review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the perfect 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—Consider the range of weather you receive in Portland. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the experts at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 503-213-4433 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.