If you’re like most people, your furnace is something you only think about once a year when the HVAC system is getting its annual servicing – or on that dreaded first cold day of the season when you turn it on – and nothing happens! You find yourself cold, uncomfortable and without heat in your own home. This is when your furnace is the only thing on your mind. Yes, a lot goes into furnace installation, use, and maintenance. However, one of the biggest factors is the size of your furnace. Most people are asking, how would I know what size furnace I need?
How do I Know What Size Furnace to Purchase?
As with most home improvement products, there is a wide range of furnace sizes. When you look to buy a furnace, the correct size is generally not immediately specified for you, so some research is needed. The size of the furnace is not only directly related to the cost, but it can also affect your monthly heating bills and the longevity of the unit. We all want to get the most out of our dollar, so the more effective years you can get from your furnace, the longer you’ll go before you need to pay for another one. The size of your furnace is the biggest factor in determining how efficiently your home is heated. A correctly sized furnace is going to use the minimum amount of energy compared to a furnace that’s too small or too large.
What do I Need to Know?
Unfortunately, it is not as simple as furnaces coming in small, medium, and large sizes. The size is represented as British Thermal Units per Hour (BTUH) capacity. The higher the BTUH is, the larger the furnace will be. Some of the most popular sizes are 80,000 BTUH, 100,000 BTUH and 120,000 BTUH. So, then you need to figure out how many BTUs your home requires. First, calculate the square footage of your home as this will give you a rough estimate of heating needs. Then, you must find the recommended heating factor. The heating factor for most homes is somewhere between 30 and 60 BTU per square foot, depending on which region of the country you reside in.
Contact Us Today
If all this sounds like a bit much, you are in luck. The experts at Air Giant Heating & Air Conditioning are here for you. Our personal approach to heating and air conditioning across the Louisiana communities we serve makes us the perfect partner to help you with this big decision. We will work slowly and carefully with you, without pressure, so you can make the most informed decision. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians, installation crew, and office staff understand how to earn your trust. We will do what is needed to ensure your new furnace installation is done right the first time, on time, and we will always be there to assist with any questions you may have.