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What size furnace do I need?

When it’s time to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 hurt your comfort, but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you choose a system oversized for your house, you’ll start to run into short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to reduced lifespan and higher costs.

How can you be certain about the proper furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your house.

Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will have to heat up? A 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. Many times, it is more beneficial 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 heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning evaluate 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 certain 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 West Valley City. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the experts at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 801-305-4777 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.

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