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What size furnace do I need?

When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 with larger energy costs.

If you choose a system oversized for your home, you’ll start to notice 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 decreased lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Start 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 house.

Some Items that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will need to heat? A technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be considered during this process. Usually, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 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—Factor in the range of weather you get in Hudsonville. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, you can reach us at (616) 669-3961 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.

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