What size furnace do I need?

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When you need to replace your outdated furnace, it’s important to understand one size does not fit all.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 result in shortened life of your furnace, and leave you with larger energy costs.

If you pick a unit oversized for your house, you’ll start to notice 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? Get started with a load calculation from the team at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. A load calculation takes particulars from your home into account 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—What size 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 may be accounted for during this process. Usually, it is more valuable to account only for the space that needs heating.
  • Home Insulation—Insulation assists in keeping warm air from filtering out of your home throughout the cold winter months. It also strongly affects energy efficiency and how large of a heating system you’ll need. Let the team from Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning review the insulation in your walls and attic. They’ll help you find a 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 have an impact on the heating and cooling needs of your home.
  • Outdoor Climate—Factor in the range of weather you experience in Olathe. You’ll want a furnace that can keep up with the conditions of your environment every year, without overworking itself.

Don’t settle for ‘close enough’ when selecting your new furnace. Let the professionals at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning help you identify a system that will fit your home properly. When you’re ready to start the process, contact us at 913-432-3342 or arrange an appointment online. Whether you have a few more questions about furnace size or want to discuss options for your space, our experts are happy to help you out.

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