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Sizing a Furnace: An Important Consideration for New Installation

A new furnace can be more efficient than an older, worn-down unit, allowing you to save money on monthly energy and gas costs. It can also help you to keep you more comfortable as technological upgrades have made today’s furnaces some of the most high-performance home comfort systems to hit the market. But if your furnace isn’t precisely the right size for your home, it may actually cause a lot of trouble. Be sure you work with trained professionals when it comes to any heating installation, and read on to find out what goes into sizing a furnace and why it is such a vital part of the job.

What If the Furnace Is the Wrong Size for Your Home?

Sizing has more of an effect on your home comfort than you may expect, not to mention an impact on your bills and the system itself. Whether it is too big or too small, you won’t get the heating power you deserve from a system that is improperly sized.

  • Undersized: Although a small furnace costs less initially, this won’t do you much good if your home is too big for it. An undersized system will do a poor job of heating the room completely, and it will still use a whole lot of energy to try to get the room warmer.
  • Oversized: You may think that a very large system will solve this problem, but one that is too large may “short cycle,” running frequently and for short periods which can wear down the parts.

Methods of Sizing a Furnace

Sizing a furnace for new installation is not as easy as it may seem. You cannot only calculate the square footage of a home and find a system that matches this measurement. Here are some other factors that also come into play.

  • The size of the rooms
  • Placement and location of windows
  • Amount of insulation
  • Number of people using the home
  • Shading around the house

Contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning today to get in touch with friendly technicians in the Colorado Springs, CO area and to get started on installing (and sizing) your new furnace.

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