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What size furnace do I need?

For a home to be both warm and efficient, choosing a suitable furnace size is crucial. If you've ever found yourself wondering, "What size furnace do I need?" You're not alone! It's essential to carry out an accurate furnace sizing calculation correctly to guarantee long-term cost savings as well as comfort. So how do you do this? We'll discuss the significance of selecting the right furnace size, along with how it impacts heating efficiency and utility costs, in more detail below.

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What size furnace do I need?

Choosing the appropriate furnace size is crucial for both energy efficiency and comfort in the home. For example, an undersized furnace will have trouble keeping up with the heating demands in your home, leading to discomfort and more system wear and tear. On the other hand, an overly large furnace will cycle on and off more often, causing uneven warmth, energy waste, and increased utility costs. Reduced overall efficiency and early system failure are consequences of both scenarios, which is something no homeowner wants to deal with. As such, it's important that you know what factors go into selecting furnaces and how you, yourself, can guarantee that your furnace installation matches your unique needs and home.

Calculating Your Furnace Size Needs

If you’re in the market for a new furnace, knowing how to calculate the size and capacity of your new system is essential to ensure it can correctly heat your home according to your needs. Follow these steps to calculate the furnace size required for your residence:

Perform a heat load calculation: Have a professional HVAC advisor conduct a heat load calculation, also known as a Manual J calculation. While there are tools online that can help you do this, to ensure an accurate calculation, only ever work with a certified HVAC professional, given the number of factors that need to be considered for the calculation to be precise.

Factors included in a Manual J calculation include:

· The size and layout of your home.
· The insulation quality throughout your property.
· The number and placement of your doors and windows.
· The local climate conditions.
· Your individual heating needs and preferences.
· The quality of your air ducts and how well they distribute air throughout your home.
· And more.

For an accurate evaluation of your heating requirements, a professional consultation is required. Experts in HVAC, like AtlasCare Heating and Air Conditioning, have years of experience and a comprehensive understanding of how to perform this type of technical task. Our experts can spot complexities in the features of your house that you might miss, guaranteeing a more accurate estimation of the heat load. In addition, they can guide you toward the right furnace size for long-term comfort and efficiency, provide insights into cutting-edge technologies, and suggest energy-saving alternatives.

Ultimately, a professional evaluation ensures that the heating system you purchase fits your house's specific needs to a Tee, which will improve efficiency and save energy costs.

Common Furnace Sizing Mistakes to Avoid

A crucial first step in guaranteeing efficient home heating is calculating the furnace's size requirements. However, without proper knowledge of how to do so correctly, homeowners often select the wrong size for their new heating system, which can lead to a world of problems later down the line. Here's a closer look at some mistakes we see with DIY furnace sizing:

· Using square footage alone: A mistake that some homeowners make when figuring out the size of their furnaces is only using the square footage of their homes. Although square footage is important, it ignores other significant aspects like insulation quality, weather, and window count.
· Ignoring climate: The amount of heat required varies depending on the environment. An undersized or oversized furnace might be the result of failing to take the local environment and how it affects the heating load into consideration.
· Disregarding insulation quality: A home's insulation and energy efficiency have a big impact on how much heat is needed. An incorrect estimate can come from ignoring these components.
· Ignoring the placement and quality of windows: Windows are a significant factor in heat gain and loss. An inaccurate assessment of the furnace's size may result from neglecting to consider the positioning and quality of the windows in a home.
· Ignoring air ducts and distribution: The layout and state of the ductwork affect a heating system's efficiency as well. Ignoring ductwork issues might lead to inconsistent heating and an ineffective system.

To avoid these common issues, the best thing you can do is work with a professional HVAC company in your area, as they can accurately calculate the size of furnace you need to heat your home efficiently.

Trust AtlasCare for Accurate Furnace Sizing

At AtlasCare, we consider ourselves experts at sizing furnace units, with over 75 years of experience partnering with homeowners in our community. When you book a consultation with a home comfort advisor, you can feel confident knowing you’re investing in a customized experience tailored to your unique needs.

When sizing a furnace unit for your home, our team will conduct a comprehensive heat load calculation before offering you a selection of high-quality appliances within your budget for a truly seamless result that will benefit you and your family for years to come. A home comfort advisor will also walk you through our current discounts and financing options available to you so you can save money on your new purchase.

Are you ready to upgrade your indoor comfort? Book a consultation appointment with AtlasCare today! Our certified and experienced team proudly operates throughout Oakville, Brampton, Scarborough, Markham, Toronto, Etobicoke, Richmond Hill, Burlington, Milton, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Vaughan, and Halton Hills.

Schedule your consultation with us over the phone, or use our online booking form! All consultation appointments with a home comfort advisor include a complimentary new system purchase estimate. We look forward to partnering with you.

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