What Size Furnace Do You Need?
Hint: Bigger Isn’t Better
Time will come when your old furnace is not worth attempting to repair. You can live with rattles, squeaks and uneven heating in your home. You could even live with small repair bills. But no heat on a cold night is over the limit. It will be time to look for a new furnace. Then, don’t think about moving up to a larger-capacity furnace unless you know your old furnace is undersized. An oversized furnace usually creates more problems than it solves.
It’s Less Efficient
A properly sized furnace is an optimally sized furnace – not too big and not too small. Every time a furnace starts up for a heating cycle, it takes a few minutes to warm up. During the warmup, it is operating at less than peak efficiency. After it is warmed up, it operates at peak heating efficiency. An oversized furnace may warm up the house too quickly and shut down before or shortly after the warmup. Repeat that over and over all day and all night and the furnace is always operating less efficiently than it should.
Over years of service, the on again/off again cycles will cause excess wear to system controls and ultimately shorten the lifespan of the large furnace. An optimally sized furnace is more efficient and will have a longer operational life. A well-maintained, high-quality, properly sized furnace should provide efficient heating for 15-20 years or more.
A common problem with oversized furnaces is called short cycling. It happens when sensors in the furnace cause it to overheat and shut down before the house has warmed up. The oversized furnace produces more heat than the system needs. The most positive identifier of short cycling is when the thermostat’s two temperatures—room temperature and thermostat set temperature—never match. Short cycling is a safety hazard. If sensors fail to shut the furnace down, the furnace is a real fire hazard. The end result of short cycling is that the house is not comfortable, fire risks increase, and the life of the furnace is reduced.
Distribution of Heat Will Be Uneven
It isn’t unusual for one area of a house to be cooler or warmer than others. Replacing a properly sized furnace with an oversized furnace will not solve the uneven heat problem; it will make it a bigger problem. The comfortably warm areas in the house will become overly warm and the cool rooms may not get any warmer.
Part of the procedure of installing a new furnace is to check the size of the existing furnace to make sure it is properly sized. The professional, licensed technicians at Semper Fi Heating & Cooling are experts in getting the right furnace for your home. They will spend the time necessary to recommend a high-quality replacement furnace. A truly optimized furnace will provide energy efficiency, long life, comfortable living space, and home safety. Give them a call today at 480-616-3636.