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When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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 appropriately for your home, will not only hurt your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

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

How can you be confident in the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into review and measures 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—What size 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 may be considered during this process. Often, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you get in Hudsonville. 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 selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services help you pick a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at (616) 669-3961 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.