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What size furnace do I need?

When you need to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to realize one size does not fit all.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 hurt your comfort, but can lead to shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.

If you pick a unit oversized for your home, you’ll start to run into short cycles. This means your oversized furnace heated your home too rapidly, turning off before the furnace can reach the right operating temperatures. An undersized or oversized system can lead to shortened lifespan and cost you more in energy bills.

How can you be certain about the correct furnace size for your home? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into account and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your house.

Some Factors that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will be heating? A technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home needs to be accounted for during this process. Usually, it is more useful to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from escaping your home during the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the experts from Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you choose the 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 influence your heating and cooling requirements.
  • Outdoor Climate—Think about the range of weather you receive in Lodi. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain the conditions of your area every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning help you pick a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 209-257-3156 or schedule 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.

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