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What size furnace do I need?

When the time comes to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized correctly for your home, will not only affect your comfort, but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you choose a system oversized for your house, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This is because your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right 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? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your space.

Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will need to heat? A technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home may be considered during this process. Many times, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from leaving your home through the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team from Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select the ideal furnace for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the particular 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—Consider the range of weather you experience in West Columbia. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new furnace. Let the qualified technicians at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. help you identify a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, you can reach us at 803-265-4208 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.

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