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Does Furnace Size Matter?

Despite the saying, bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to the size of your furnace. We understand the assumption that the bigger the furnace is, the more output it will produce, and the warmer you will be. Although somewhat true, the size of your furnace, relative to your unique heating needs, can greatly impact its overall performance. The same principle applies if the furnace you’ve installed is too small. This is why it is important that your new home is properly sized to meet your home’s specific needs.

Installing a new furnace is no small task, which is why it is especially important to consult with a professional HVAC contractor in Colorado Springs before you make any final decisions. A heating professional will assess the size of your home in order to determine exactly which furnace is going to be a good fit. Trust us, you don’t want to have an oversized or undersized furnace installed in your home, and below, we are going to tell you why.

How Furnace Size Affects Performance

Oversized Furnaces

Many homeowners are tempted to purchase and install oversized furnaces because they believe that it is going to keep them more comfortable during the winter. However, an oversized furnace is prone to all sorts of operational issues. The biggest issue that you will face with your oversized furnace is short cycling. 

An oversized furnace will heat up your home too rapidly, causing it to shut off before it even completes the heating cycle. Once things have cooled down a bit, the furnace will restart only to begin the cycle all over again. Not only is short cycling extremely inefficient, but it also puts a lot of strain on your system, leading to costly repairs, sky-high utility bills, and an untimely replacement.

Undersized Furnaces

As you can imagine, an undersized furnace will be unable to provide you and your family with the warmth and comfort you desire. The system will be forced to work much harder than is normal to keep up with your household heating demands, which is definitely problematic. An overworked furnace will require frequent repairs and wear down much more rapidly than an appropriately sized furnace.

An undersized furnace is going to end up costing you a lot of money in the long run, as it will be highly overworked. This wastes a lot of energy and puts a lot of strain on the mechanical components of the system.

So, What Can Be Done?

There is some good news and bad news: the bad news is that you will likely have to replace your oversized or undersized furnace, and the good news is that you will finally get to enjoy the benefits of an appropriately sized furnace. Replacing your furnace with a professionally-sized system ensures that it is going to be efficient and effective for years to come. Be sure to consult with a professional before you have a new furnace installed. A professional will make sure that the job is done right the first time!

For all your furnace needs, be sure to contact the experts at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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