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What size furnace do I need?

When you need to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all.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

If you select a system oversized for your space, you’ll start to run into short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, 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 sure you know the correct furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the team at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes specifics from your home into consideration and gauges the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) necessary to heat your space.

Some Things that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How large 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 needs to be considered during this process. Usually, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation helps keep 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning evaluate 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you receive in Moline. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when picking your new furnace. Let the professionals at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning help you find a unit that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, contact us at 309-323-9584 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have some questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, we’re happy to help you out.

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