What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When it’s time to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you choose a system oversized for your house, you’ll start to notice short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too quickly, turning off before the furnace can reach proper operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and higher costs.

How can you be confident in the right furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Lycoming Heating Company. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your home.

Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—What size is the area your furnace will need to heat? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home may be included during this process. Many times, it is more beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation works to keep warm air from leaving your home during the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system will be necessary. Let the professionals from Lycoming Heating Company review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you receive in Williamsport. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your climate every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the experts at Lycoming Heating Company help you identify a solution that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 570-244-2510 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.