When you need to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all.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 impact your comfort but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.

If you pick a unit oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience 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 a shortened life span and cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be confident in the right furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning. 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 Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will be heating? The 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 works to keep warm air from leaving your home throughout the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the professionals from 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning 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 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—Think about the range of weather you get in Lake Forest. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when choosing your new furnace. Let the professionals at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, you can reach us at 949-204-0859 or book an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.