What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When it’s time to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only affect your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you pick a system oversized for your house, 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 proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at Forster Heating. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your space.

Some Items that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will have to heat up? Your 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. Often, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from escaping 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 experts from Forster Heating evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a ideal furnace for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the particular type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
  • Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you receive in Auburn. 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 qualified technicians at Forster Heating help you pick a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 530-885-8081 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.

When it’s time to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only affect your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills. If you pick a system oversized for your house, 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 proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and bigger expenses. How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at Forster Heating. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your space. Some Items that Influence Furnace Size Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will have to heat up? Your 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. Often, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating. Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from escaping 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 experts from Forster Heating evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a ideal furnace for your house. Type of Window— Just like your walls, the particular type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires. Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you receive in Auburn. 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 qualified technicians at Forster Heating help you pick a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 530-885-8081 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.">