When you need to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all.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 hurt 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 system oversized for your home, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach correct operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to a shortened life span and bigger expenses.
How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the professionals at Ilten's. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into review and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your space.
Some Things that Influence Furnace Size
- Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will have to heat up? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home will be considered during this process. Often, it is more valuable 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 strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the professionals from Ilten's take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the best furnace for your house.
- Type of Window—Just like your walls, the specific 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—Think about the range of weather you receive in Cedar Rapids. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.
Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the experts at Ilten's help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 319-208-2351 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.