Believe it or not, choosing the right furnace size for your home is extremely important, a decision that should a consultation with the Aspen Creek Heating and Air HVAC experts. This particular step has the potential to save a lot of time and money in the long run by ensuring that your home’s heating system will function optimally. Take the time to research and talk it over with us – we’re here to help.
So, let’s look at the facts when it comes to choosing the right furnace size for your home.
Efficiency is the absolute bottom line consideration. If the furnace unit is too large, it will waste energy warming up and cooling down, and large ductwork will also be an added cost. But if the furnace system is too small, you could be stuck looking for extra blankets to keep warm because there just isn’t enough power being put out to warm up your large space. Also, you’ll need to consider the area where you live. Here in Denver and Boulder areas the winters can be extreme, with below freezing temperatures overnight. Because of this, you may need a furnace that can provide added technologies.
Also, take into consideration the construction of your home. If you have an open concept type of home versus a lot of closed rooms within the home, this will make a difference on how to heat it correctly. Also, the constructions materials used make a huge difference. For example, brick houses are naturally more insulated than a home with wood siding, and even your landscaping and the way in which your home faces makes a difference in the calculations for a new furnace.
Heating units are measured in BTUs (British Thermal Unit). They are the amount of heat required to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree F. The input capacity refers to the volume of gas burned, but without taking into consideration the heat that is lost through the flue. Output capacity refers to the total usable heat generated. These are the most important aspects to consider when choosing your furnace.
A qualified heating contractor will do an energy-loss calculation of your home, including house size, window area, insulation levels and more. In general, sizes range from 40,000 to 100,000 BTU input capacities for each model. You cannot just buy a furnace based on your square footage, or the same size replacement in high efficiency. You must first match the input and output capacities according to the calculations in order to get the right size. If you are curious, you can find a basic chart online to give you an idea of what size to look for, but it is wise to stick with a qualified professional to walk you through the process.
Choosing the right furnace size for your family home is certainly something to take into consideration. Aspen Creek Heating and Air has the qualified technicians and certifications to help you every step of the way, from consultations to installation and scheduled service maintenance. We are always here to help, whether you are looking for a replacement, upgrade, or service. Give us a call today.