What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When the time comes to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only affect your comfort, but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you select a unit oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be confident in the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Gordon Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your house.

Some Items that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big 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 will be included 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 leaving your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from Gordon Air Conditioning take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you experience in Crestview. 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 Gordon Air Conditioning help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 850-250-0335 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.