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What size furnace do I need?

When it’s time to update your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 correctly for your home, will not only impact your comfort, but can mean a shortened life of your furnace, and leave you spending extra money on your utility bills.

If you select a furnace oversized for your house, you’ll start to experience short cycles. The reason is that your oversized furnace heated your home too fast, turning off before the furnace can reach correct 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? Start with a load calculation from the professionals at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. 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 large is the area your furnace will need to heat? Your 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 beneficial to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping 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 experts from Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning evaluate the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you select 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 play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you experience in Odessa. 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 qualified technicians at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, call us at 432-237-0168 or schedule an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.

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