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What size furnace do I need?

When the time comes to upgrade your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 correctly for your home, will not only affect 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 space, you’ll start to experience short cycles. This is because 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 decreased lifespan and bigger expenses.

How can you be confident in the right furnace size for your home? Start with a load calculation from the experts at Halverson Brothers Inc. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into review and identifies the Btu (a number that indicates the heating capacity of a furnace) required to heat your home.

Some Items that Influence Furnace Size

  • Square Footage—How big is the area your furnace will have to heat up? The technician will be sure to carefully measure the square footage of your home. Not every inch of your home may be accounted for 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 filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also heavily affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team from Halverson Brothers Inc 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 play into what heating and cooling needs your home requires.
  • Outdoor Climate—Consider the range of weather you receive in Menomonie and western Wisconsin. You’ll want a furnace that can sustain 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 Halverson Brothers Inc help you pick a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to begin, you can reach us at 715-352-4052 or book an appointment online. Whether you have additional questions about furnace size or want to learn more of the options for your space, our team is happy to help you out.

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