What size furnace do I need?

January 31, 2019

When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 hurt your comfort, but can result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you stuck with higher energy bills.

If you choose a unit oversized for your space, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This means 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 shortened lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be sure you know the right furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc.. A load calculation takes aspects from your home into account and measures the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your house.

Some Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will be heating? Your technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home will be considered 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 throughout the cold winter months. It also greatly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system is required. Let the professionals from Garoken Energy Co. Inc. evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a best furnace for your house.
  • Type of Window— Just like your walls, the certain 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 Beaverton. You’ll want a furnace that can handle 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 503-374-1934 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.