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What size furnace do I need?

When it’s time to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to know that one size does not fit all.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

If you pick a unit oversized for your space, you’ll start to experience 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 decreased lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be confident in the proper furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your home.

Some Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How large 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 valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep warm air from filtering out of your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the experts from 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. take a look at the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select 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 play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
  • Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you get in Lake Forest. 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 picking your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, call us at 949-204-0859 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have some 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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