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What size furnace do I need?

When the time comes to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all. A system that is not sized appropriately for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can lead to 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. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, 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 sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Begin with a load calculation from the experts at Lycoming Heating Company. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into consideration and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) needed to heat your space.

Some Items that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will be heating? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home will be accounted for during this process. Usually, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the team from Lycoming Heating Company evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select the perfect furnace for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the specific type of windows in your home, frame type, glaze type, gas fills/spaces, etc. will influence your heating and cooling requirements.
  • Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you experience in Williamsport. You’ll want a furnace that can handle 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 Lycoming Heating Company help you find a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, you can reach us at 570-244-2510 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.

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