What size furnace do I need?

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When the time comes to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.

If you select a unit oversized for your space, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to decreased lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be certain about the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Forster Heating. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your house.

Some Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How large 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 included during this process. Usually, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping 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 you’ll need. Let the team from Forster Heating take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select 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 experience in Auburn. 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 choosing your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Forster Heating help you pick a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 530-885-8081 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.

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