What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only hurt your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.

If you select a system oversized for your space, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This means 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 decreased lifespan and higher costs.

How can you be certain about the proper furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the professionals at Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your home.

Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will be heating? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home will be accounted for during this process. Often, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from leaving your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team from Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc take a look at 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 specific 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 Bossier City. 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 picking your new furnace. Let the experts at Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc help you find a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 318-855-2326 or book an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.