What size furnace do I need?

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When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only hurt 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 home, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to decreased lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be sure you know the proper furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your house.

Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How large is the area your furnace will need to heat? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Usually, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the experts from Colvin's Heating and Cooling 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 play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
  • Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you get in Excelsior Springs. You’ll want a furnace that can handle the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Colvin's Heating and Cooling help you pick a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, contact us at 816-379-3918 or book an appointment online. Whether you have some 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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