What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When you need to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized properly for your home, will not only affect your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.

If you pick a furnace oversized for your space, you’ll start to run into 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 bigger expenses.

How can you be certain about the proper furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the professionals at Tri County Climate Control LLC. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into review and identifies 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 big 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 may be accounted for during this process. Many times, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from filtering out of your home through the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the team from Tri County Climate Control LLC 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you get in Bend. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with 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 Tri County Climate Control LLC help you pick a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, you can reach us at 541-238-2797 or book an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to chat about options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.